Fonds GB 0210 MSJOHNWMS - Sir John Williams Manuscripts,

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Sir John Williams Manuscripts,


  • [14 cent.]-[early 20 cent.]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

491 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

For biographical information on Sir John Williams, see DNB and DWB.

Archival history

A large number of the manuscripts were purchased in March 1895 from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), bibliophile; in addition, at least forty manuscripts in the series derive from the collection of Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore (1856-1937), scholar, and a further twelve or so manuscripts formerly belonged to the Reverend John Williams, Llanrwst (1760-1826).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sir John Williams; Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire; Donation; 1907

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Scope and content

A collection of four hundred and ninety-one manuscripts from the library of Sir John Williams, Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 1-462, 471-491, 493-500.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Related units of description

NLW MSS 463-470 have been listed separately as part of the Wynn (of Gwydir) Papers.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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  • English



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Physical storage

  • Text: NLW MSS 1-446.