Fonds GB 0210 MARANS - Margiad Evans Papers,

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Margiad Evans Papers,


  • [1930s]-[1958x1965] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes); + 1 special-sized box (donated October 2021)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Margiad Evans (1909-1958), born Peggy Eileen Whistler (later Williams), was a novelist, poet and artist, from Uxbridge, London. She moved to Bridstow, near Ross-on-Wye in 1920, where she lived until 1936. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron, staying there for eight years. She then moved to Gloucestershire and later to Sussex. Her first novel, published in 1932, was Country Dance, she then had three further novels published, The Wooden Doctor (1932), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). She also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952); a collection of short stories The Old and the Young (1948); and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956). She died in 1958.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the National Library of Wales by Josephine Thorpe, Barnstaple, Devon (widow of W. A. Thorpe), in June 1982 and Mr Michael Williams, Upper Hartfield, Sussex (widower of Margiad Evans), in September 1982.
Donated by Jim Pratt and Tom Nightingale, per Dr Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan, Aberystwyth, October 2021; 99126354302419.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers relating to and created by Margiad Evans (Peggy Eileen Whistler), [1930s]-[1958x1965], comprising material for an unpublished critical biography of Margiad Evans, compiled by W. Arnold Thorpe, [1936x1965], including transcripts by Thorpe of poems, prose and letters by Margiad Evans, scripts of radio broadcasts and extracts of reviews of Margiad Evans's published prose works; correspondence relating to information on Margiad Evans; biographical and related material; Whistler family photographs; notes by W. Arnold Thorpe and source material; together with manuscripts and papers of Margiad Evans, including drafts and copies of poems, some unpublished [c. 1945]-[1958]; unpublished and published prose works, [c. 1930s]-[1958]; notebooks and journals, which include drafts of poems and prose pieces, 1942-[1950s]; correspondence, mainly from Margiad Evans to her husband, 1934-1958; reviews of Autobiography and A Ray of Darkness[1943-1952]; drawings including drawings representing eighteen out of the thirty illustrations for Alfred Williams, Tales from the Panchatantra (Oxford, 1930); and family papers, 1939-[1950s].

Additional papers donated October 2021: see added Series.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: transcripts made by W. A. Thorpe; correspondence; biographical and related material; and photographs.
Additional papers donated October 2021 have been incorporated into the archive as an added Series.

Conditions of access and use area

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

Script of material

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1982, pp.15-17; and 1983, pp.12-15, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Negatives and duplicate prints of some of the photographs have been transferred to the NLW, Photographic Collection.
Negatives: PZ 7305
Photographic prints: Photo book 1787B

For other papers of Margiad Evans see NLW, Margiad Evans Manuscripts, NLW ex 1672 and 2790, and NLW Facs 870.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1982 and 1983; Stephens, Meic, Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Cardiff, 1986); Dearnley, Moira, Margiad Evans (Cardiff, 1982).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.

Records relating to material donated October 2021 compiled April 2023 by Bethan Ifan, utilising primary source material and online search engines.

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