Fonds GB 0210 MSKEIDRYCH - Keidrych Rhys manuscripts

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Keidrych Rhys manuscripts


  • 1936-1986 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

16 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Keidrych Rhys, literary journalist, editor and poet, was born William Ronald Rees Jones in Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire. In 1937 he founded the pioneering and highly influential magazine Wales, which invited contributions from an array of prominent writers such as Alun Lewis, Saunders Lewis, Dylan Thomas and Robert Graves and which effectively created the concept of Anglo-Welsh literature. Rhys also published a poetic anthology of his own entitled The Van Pool (London, 1942).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 22744-22745; Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction; 1990

NLW MSS 23416-23429; Mrs Eva Rhys, widow of Keidrych Rhys; Donation; 1995

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, 1936-1986, of literary journalist, editor and poet William Ronald Rees Jones (Keidrych Rhys), comprising a significant amount of correspondence, 1936-1986, from numerous individuals, largely in the recipient's capacity as editor of Wales magazine and including literary articles, poetry, etc. submitted for publication; miscellaneous papers, 1936-1938, 1943-1969, relating to the Wales magazine and consisting mainly of publicity and editorial material; articles, both published and unpublished, and notes, [1950s]-[1960s], by Keidrych Rhys, mainly relating to literature and the arts; and drafts of apparently unpublished poetry, [1950s]-[1960s], by Keidrych Rhys.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22744-22745, 23416-23429.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Proofs and miscellaneous printed material are NLW ex 1688. See also the Keidrych Rhys fonds at the University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections, British Columbia, Canada.

Related descriptions

Notes area


Title based on contents.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Wikipedia on-line site, viewed 28 April 2009; Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986);

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