Fonds GB 0210 MOELONA - Moelona Manuscripts,

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Moelona Manuscripts,


  • 1893-1952 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.038 cubic metres (2 boxes).

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Name of creator

Biographical history

'Moelona', Elizabeth Mary Owen (1877-1953), teacher and novelist, was born at Moylon, Rhydlewis, Cardiganshire, the youngest daughter of John and Mary Owen. She attended Rhydlewis elementary school, becoming a pupil-teacher in 1890. She taught successively at elementary schools in Pontrhydyfen and Bridgend, Glamorgan, and Acrefair, Flintshire, 1897-1905, before teaching in Cardiff, 1905-1917. In 1917 she married the Rev. J. Tywi Jones (d. 1949), editor of Y Darian and Baptist minister of Y Glais, near Swansea, and gave up teaching. As Moelona, she wrote children's novels, stories, essays, poems, and schoolbooks. Her novels include Rhamant o Ben y Rhos (written 1907, re-published as Rhamant y Rhos, Aberdare, 1918), Teulu Bach Nantoer (Wrexham, 1913), Bugail y Bryn (Dolgellau, 1917), Breuddwydion Myfanwy (London, 1928), Beryl (Wrexham, 1931) and Ffynnonloyw (Llandysul, 1939). In 1914 she began writing a children's column for Y Darian. She also translated Alphonse Daudet's stories into Welsh, published in Y Wers Olaf (Cardiff, 1921). She continued to compete and adjudicate at National Eisteddfodau. On her husband's retirement in 1935 they moved to New Quay, Cardiganshire. Moelona died there on 5 June 1953 and was buried in Rhydlewis.

Archival history

Her papers appear to have been deposited at Cardiganshire County Library before being transferred to the National Library of Wales at some unspecified time.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Cardiganshire County Library per Mr Alun R. Edwards, Cardiganshire Librarian, [1953x1974].

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Scope and content

Letters, 1910-1944; scrapbooks, 1893-1948; poetry, 1910-1952; manuscripts and typescripts of prose compositions, essays, articles and addresses, [1909]-1918; sermons, undated, [1897x1953]. None of her major works are represented among the papers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: correspondence; biographical; scrap and school books; poetry; compositions; writings; lectures, articles and addresses; sermons; and miscellaneous.

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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 regulations apply.

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue, in Welsh, is available at the National Library of Wales.

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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

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Rhestr o Bapurau Moelona (Schedule of Moelona Papers); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001);

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  • Text: Moelona Manuscripts.