Fonds GB 0210 VICANS - J. Victor Evans Papers,

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J. Victor Evans Papers,


  • [1830x1957] (accumulated [1912x1957] / (Creation)

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0.054 cubic metres (5 boxes, 1 box file)

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Biographical history

John Victor Evans (1895-1957), was born at Aberdare was educated at Christ College, Brecon. Having served in the army during the First World War, on his return home, he enrolled at Christ College, Oxford, graduating in history in 1922. He was called to the Bar in 1924. He was nominated as the Liberal candidate for Pontypridd in the general election of May 1929 and for Merthyr Tydfil in a parliamentary by-election in June 1934. In 1930 he was appointed a lecturer in the Law Department of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, but five years later he returned to practise as a barrister. In 1936, he accepted an appointment as the first warden of the Aberdare Valley Educational Settlement (Coleg Gwerin Cynon Aberdâr). He retired from Aberdare in 1939, taking an appointment in the Ministry of Economic Warfare. Evans ended his career in the Ministry of Supply. He died at his home at Dulwich Village, London, on 15 May 1957. Evans undertook research on the politician Henry Richard (1812-1888). Henry Richard was educated at a school in Llangeithio and was apprenticed to a draper in Carmarthen in 1826. Following his decision to become a minister he went to Highbury College, London and was ordained minister of Malborough Chapel, Old Kent Road, London in 1835. He remained at Malborough Chapel until he retired from the ministry in 1850. In 1848 he became secretary of the Peace Society. In 1868 he was elected Liberal MP for Merthyr Tudfil, having withdrawn as a candidate for Cardiganshire in 1865. He was also involved in the enquiry into the condition of intermediate and higher education in Wales and Monmouthshire by a departmental committee of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He married Matilda Augusta Farley in 1866 and died in 1888.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mrs K. M. Evans of London, widow of John Victor Evans, in 1980.

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Scope and content

Papers of J. Victor Evans, mainly comprising papers collected for his researches into the life and career of Henry Richard, 1830-1955, including letters from Henry Richard and his father Ebenezer Richard, 1830-1831; transcripts of Henry Richard's letters, [1830x1957]; transcripts of Henry Richard's journals of his visits to the Continent during 1849-1850, 1856 and 1861; a portrait of Henry Richard [1830x1888]; research notes, papers and materials, [1890x1957]; and correspondence, 1922-1935; together with miscellaneous papers including papers relating to J. Victor Evans' political and industrial interests, manuscript notes, typescripts, printed items, and essays, [1912x1955]; and papers relating to J. Victor Evans' father, Henry Howard Evans [1894x1921].

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Action: All records have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: Henry Richard material; miscellanea; and Henry Howard Evans material.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Publication note

Article by J. Victor Evans published in The Welsh Outlook, March, 1924: 'Henry Richard: the Apostle of Peace'.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of J. Victor Evans Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1953);

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  • Text: J. Victor Evans Papers.