Fonds GB 0210 MSJDAVIES - John Davies Manuscripts

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John Davies Manuscripts


  • [1800] x [1934] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

40 vols

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Davies (1860-1939), bibliographer and genealogist, was born in Llandysul, Cardiganshire. He was largely self-taught and worked for a number of years at the National Library of Wales, where many of his manuscripts are now stored.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

From the library of John Davies, Lampeter, later of Aberystwyth, 1939 (1-12), 1934 (13-40).

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Scope and content

A collection comprising correspondence, essays, pedigrees, medical recipes, hymns, and transcripts of hymns and poems, together with sermons and miscellaneous extracts and notes. Also included are papers relating to James Owen, Presbyterian minister; account books belonging to John Thomas of Penddol, Llanllwni and to David Davies ('Dafydd y Gof') of Pencarreg, Carmarthenshire; a manuscript in the hand of the Reverend David James ('Dewi o Ddyfed'); and sermons in the hand of the Reverend John Owen, Thrussington.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 702-713, 8705-8732.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh, unless otherwise specified

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943) and Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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  • Text: John Davies Manuscripts.