- [early 20 cent.]-1979 (Creation)
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Name of creator
The operatic singer Leila Mégane was born Margaret Jones in Bethesda, Caernarvonshire in 1891. She made her first solo appearance at the age of sixteen and soon afterwards received her first contract to sing in concert This was followed by successes at both local and national eisteddfodau and her renown in the next few years led to her entering the London Royal Academy of Music. At the end of her time at the Royal Academy of Music Margaret studied for a further six years in Paris under the world-famous singer Jean de Reszke and it was de Reszke who advised his talented student to adopt the name Leila Mégane. Under her new title, Leila received her first professional contract while still at Paris, which was soon to lead to worldwide renown and international tours. In 1924 Leila married composer and musician Thomas Osborne Roberts, with whom she had worked professionally for some time and would continue to do so by popularising several of her husband's song compositions. Thomas Osborne Roberts died in 1948. In 1956 a scholarship bearing Leila Mégane's name was established to aid young Welsh singers studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Leila died in 1960.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
NLW MSS 15281C, 15284-15310: Mrs Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes, daughter of Leila Mégane and T. Osborne Roberts; Purchase; February 1980.
NLW MSS 15282-15283: Mrs Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes; Bequest; August 1996.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, [early 20 cent.]-1979, of or relating to the contralto Margaret Jones (afterwards Roberts) (Leila Mégane), Pwllheli, and her husband the composer and musician Thomas Osborne Roberts.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged at NLW as follows: Leila Mégane manuscripts; T. Osborne Roberts manuscripts.
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 set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
English, Welsh, French.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of fonds.
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Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Megane, Leila, 1891-1960 -- Archives. (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS