Fonds GB 0210 SOUEGE - South Wales Baptist College Records,

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South Wales Baptist College Records,


  • [c. 1701]-1992 (mainly 1759-1996) (accumulated 1807-1996) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.254 cubic metres (11 boxes, 1 parcel)

Context area

Name of creator

Administrative history

The South Wales Baptist College was founded at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, in 1807 by the Rev. Micah Thomas who acted as president until 1835. In 1836 it moved to Pontypool, Monmouthshire. It moved again in 1893 to Cardiff, Glamorgan, where a hostel in Richmond Road, previously used for women students attending the university was acquired. The College students were able to attend Cardiff University (formerly University College of Wales Cardiff). The College continues to teach religious and theological studies in partnership with Cardiff University.
The Rev. Micah Thomas was succeeded by Thomas Thomas (1805-1881) the first President of the Academy in Pontypool, from 1836 to 1876; the Rev. Dr William Edwards, president, 1880-1925, who oversaw the relocation of the college to Cardiff; the Rev. Thomas Phillips, Principal during the period 1928-1936, and the Rev. Thomas Williams Chance (1872-1954) Principal from 1936-1944.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by the South Wales Baptist College, Cardiff, 1986-1997.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Records of, and inherited by, the South Wales Baptist College, [c.1701]-1996, including minute books, 1899-1983; account books, 1839-1978; correspondence, 1965-1979; programmes of ordination, induction, memorial and other services, 1961-1996; memorial service cards, 1945-1997; orders of service at marriage ceremonies, 1963-1997; orders of valedictory services, 1991-1997; manuscript sermons, 1815-[c.1860]; church history notes, 1927-1966; albums and addresses, 1876-1918; journals, 1877-1881; photographs, 1880s-1960s; deeds and documents, 1759-1919, and miscellaneous papers, 1930-1956, relating to lands in the parish of Penrhos, Monmouthshire; diaries and notebooks of Welsh Baptists, 1818-1907; miscellaneous papers and volumes, [c.1701]-1944; miscellaneous pamphlets, 1958-1996; papers of T. W. Chance, 1876-1955, comprising addresses; sermons; notebooks; printed reports and journals; and an album containing letters from eminent Baptist figures, [c.1794]-1898.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are possible.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: college records; sermons; church histories; miscellaneous volumes and addresses; photographs; T. W. Chance papers; 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.

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, 1986, pp. 69-73; 1987, p. 105; 1990, p. 72; 1992, p. 118; 1997, p. 91, and 1998, p. 73, at the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Further records are Glamorgan Record Office, DBAP 20, South Wales Baptist College collection.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds

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Description identifier

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

September 2004


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1997; GENUKI:Wales,, viewed 8 May 2003; Cardiff University, School of Religious and Therological Studies, website (, viewed 6 September 2004.

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