Fonds GB 0210 SAMANS - Sir Samuel Thomas Evans Papers,

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Sir Samuel Thomas Evans Papers,


  • 1875-1920 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.143 cubic metres (4 boxes, 3 volumes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Sir Samuel Thomas Evans (1859-1918), politician and judge, was born at Skewen, Glamorganshire, the only son of John and Margaret Evans, from Cardiganshire. He qualified as a solicitor, 1883. He served on the town council in Neath. From his election in 1890 to 1910 he was Liberal M.P. for Mid-Glamorgan. In 1891 he was called to the Bar, becoming a QC in 1901. He was made recorder of Swansea and Solicitor-General in 1908 and was President of the Divorce, Probate and Admiralty Division of the High Court 1910-1918. It was while presiding over the Prize Court during the First World War that he established himself as an authority on international law. He received an Honorary Ll.D in 1909, of the University of Wales, and was made a freeman of Swansea and Neath. He married Rachel Rees Thomas in 1887. He died on 13th September 1918 and was buried at Skewen.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased, 1974.

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Scope and content

Papers of Sir Samuel Thomas Evans, comprising correspondence, 1876-1920, including letters relating to D. Lloyd-George, personal matters, such as family matters, UCW Essay Prize and Evans' death, political matters and the Welsh Church Commission; miscellaneous political papers, leaflets, notes etc, [1890]-[1910]; miscellaneous notes, pamphlets, notebooks etc. of a personal nature, 1875-[1919]; speeches and notes, [1900-1918]; papers relating to the Welsh Church disestablishment question, [1893], [1908x1910]; legal cases, 1894, 1910-1918; press cuttings, [1890x1918]; and miscellaneous material, 1881-1916.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: letters relating to David Lloyd George [1890-1909]; letters to Evans from various correspondents; letters and telegrams on personal matters; draft letters by Evans concerning political matters; letters relating to the Welsh Church Commission [1906-1907]; miscellaneous political papers, leaflets, notes etc; miscellaneous notes, pamphlets, notebooks etc. of a personal nature; speeches and notes for speeches, etc; the Disestablishment Question [1893 and 1908-1909]; legal cases, 1910-1918; miscellaneous material; and press cuttings.

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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

English, Welsh, Latin.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Related units of description

Further papers from the library of Sir Samuel Thomas Evans are NLW, MSS 2231-2242.

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Title supplied from content of fonds.

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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

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Sir Samuel T. Evans Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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  • Text: Sir Samuel Thomas Evans Papers.