Fonds GB 0210 SELNES - Selwyn Jones Papers,

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Selwyn Jones Papers,


  • 1774-1983 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.372 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Selwyn Jones (1906-1981) was a journalist, musician and socialist.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from David Harbourne, Cardiff in March 1984 and from his son, Gareth J. Jones per Mr. Arthur Jones, Galon Uchaf, Merthyr Tudful, in May 1984 (nos 1-90)

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Scope and content

The papers include correspondence on musical topics, 1929-1981; biographical material on various Welsh musicians; facsimiles of letters, 1953-1978, from Cyril Jenkins to Selwyn Jones; papers reflecting Selwyn Jones's journalism activities, 1934-1980; the Welsh National Theatre, Llangollen, 1933-1940; Plaid Cymru, 1933-1960, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, 1959-1978, Undeb Cymru Fydd, 1942-1966, Urdd Siarad Cymraeg, 1966-1968; the Parliament for Wales Campaign, 1954-1955; the Workers' Educational Association, 1927-1968, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru, 1946-1959; Maes-yr-Haf Educational Settlement, Trealaw, Rhondda, 1930-1948; the Welsh Books Council, 1965-1979; Cymdeithas Lyfrau Aberdare, 1957-1975; the National Eisteddfod, 1928-1980; Llangollen International Eisteddfod, 1946-1979; London Welsh Association, 1938-1959, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and Cymdeithas Cymmrodorion Aberdare, 1966-1972; Trerhondda Young People's Guild, 1919-1926; Cynon Valley Historical Society, 1972-1980 and translations of Chinese children's books into Welsh, with English versions; biographical materials of Welsh musicians; translated scripts, 1934-1936; University of Wales Council of Music, 1939-1946; Workers' Music Association, 1944-1973; Welsh Federation of Music and Arts Clubs, 1945-1951; Welsh National Opera, 1951-1960; Cymdeithas Cerddorion Cymraeg, 1976-1979; newspaper cuttings of 1940s-1960s; personal memorabilia, miscellaneous papers and general correspondence, 1889-1983, including those of his father; photocopies of letters at the Welsh Music Information Centre, 1934-1973, other corrrespondence, draft press articles, financial papers, 1935-1960, and miscellaneous papers, c. 1860s-1974.

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: music; journalism and literary work; the theatre; research papers and notes; politics; Welsh education and cultural movements; personal and family papers; miscellaneous papers; and correspondence, financial papers, draft articles, misc.

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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 laws apply

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1984' (nos 1-90) and in 'Minor Lists and Summaries 1985' (nos 91-99) at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

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Existence and location of originals

Some original letters are still at the Welsh Music Information Centre, Cardiff.

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW MSS 22025-8, 22035C (Selwyn Jones Manuscripts)

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some records pre-date and post-date the lifetime of Selwyn Jones.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following source was used for the preparation of the description: NLW Minor Lists and Summaries (1984 and 1985);

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  • Text: Selwyn Jones Papers.