Fonds GB 0210 JOHREES - John Collwyn Rees papers

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John Collwyn Rees papers


  • 1949-1979 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.135 cubic metres (15 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Collwyn Rees (1919-1980) was Professor of Political Theory and Government at the University College of Swansea, Glamorgan, from 1955 until 1962. In 1971, he published his book Equality. He researched political theory, equality and justice, and was very interested in Marxism and Communism.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Betty Rees, Swansea, in 1991.

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Scope and content

Research papers and correspondence of John Collwyn Rees, 1949-1979, including academic correspondence, 1956-1978, addressed to Rees; publications, lectures, talks, reviews and notes by Rees, 1953-1978, mainly on J. S. Mill; research papers on political theory, 1951-1979; papers on equality and justice, [c. 1950]-1975; notes on Marxism and Communism, 1951-1974; notes on atomic warfare and disarmament, 1956-1963; notes on philosophy, [c. 1950]-1980; and notes on freedom and liberty, 1960-1978; and miscellaneous papers, 1970-1981.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: correspondence; and research materials on the following themes or subjects: John Stuart Mill, political theory, equality and justice, Marxism and Communism, atomic warfare and disarmament, philosophy, and freedom and liberty; and miscellaneous papers.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1991, pp.62-68, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Institution identifier

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 2004


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1991, pp.62-68; The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy website (, viewed 5 February 2004.

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.

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