Fonds GB 0210 MSNEFYDD - Nefydd Manuscripts

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Nefydd Manuscripts


  • [17 cent.]-1952. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

127 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

William Roberts ('Nefydd'; 1813-72), of Blaenau, Monmouthshire, was a Baptist minister, a South Wales Agent for the British and Foreign School Society, a printer, and author of Crefydd yr Oesoedd Tywyll, neu Henafiaethau Defodol, Chwareuyddol, a Choelgrefyddol ...." (Caerfyrddin, 1852).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 7011-74; Mr. Caleb Lewis, son-in-law of Nefydd; Blaenau; Donation; 1930

NLW MSS 7176-89; Miss Lily Roberts; Muswell Hill, London; Donation; 1930

NLW MSS 7768-79; Mr. Caleb Lewis; Blaenau; Donation; 1933

NLW MSS 9367-9; Mr. Caleb Lewis; Blaenau; Donation; 1934

NLW MSS 22262-8; Nant-y-glo Comprehensive School (per Mr Graham Thomas, Abertyleri); Gwent; Donation; 1986

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Scope and content

Papers from the collection of William Roberts which include correspondence; sermons; miscellaneous notes and accounts; volume four of an essay in five volumes on the poets and writers of Gwent and Glamorgan; and reports and accounts relating to collieries and iron-works in South Wales.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 7011-73, 7175-89, 7768-79, 9367-9, 22262-8.

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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

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951), and Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).

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'Nefydd' also possessed another and more valuable group of letters of Baptist interest, which originally formed part of the materials collected by Ellis Evans, Cefnmawr (1786-1864), towards his incomplete Hanes y Bedyddwyr ... 1860-. These letters were subsequently acquired by J. Spinther James, author of Hanes y Bedyddwyr yng Nghymru ..., 1896-1907, and finally by Principal J. H. Davies; they are now in the Cwrtmawr Collection in the National Library of Wales and are described by Irene George (now Mrs. Lloyd-Williams) in 'Llawysgrifau a Chofysgrifau'r Bedyddwyr yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru' in Seren Gomer, 1935, pp. 145-9. See also Seren Gomer, 1936, pp. 110-13.
See also NLW MSS 14853-62 (currently uncatalogued).

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The former NLW MS 7174F is now Map 10179.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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

September 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;

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  • Text: Nefydd Manuscripts.