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Davies, W. Emlyn, papers and calligrams

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WEDAVIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. Emlyn Davies Papers and Calligrams

Short Title: Davies, W. Emlyn, papers and calligrams

Creation date(s): 1931-1985

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.103 cubic metres (6 boxes, 1 volume)

Name of creator(s): W. Emlyn Davies


Administrative/Biographical history: William Emlyn Davies (1899-1973) from Aberdare, Glamorgan, was a Swansea schoolteacher and an accomplished calligraphist.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers and calligrams of William Emlyn Davies, 1931-1985, including calligrams based on the poetry of Dylan Thomas, 1946-1983, as well as on his own poems and those of other poets; presentation copies of his calligraphy, 1954-1967; catalogues and printed matter, 1970-1983; calligraphic programmes of the Oxford Street Senior Boys' School, Swansea, 1932-1939, the Glanmor School for Girls, Swansea, 1953-1965, and Swansea and District Society for Mentally Handicapped Children programmes, [?1960sx1980s], of which his wife was assistant secretary and subsequently president; and family papers, 1969-1972.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; calligrams based on Dylan Thomas; other calligrams; presentation copies; essays; local commissions; family; masters in chronological order.

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.

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

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his sons, Prof. H. W. E. Davies of Pangbourne, Berkshire, and Mr Gordon Davies of Bengeo, Hertfordshire, in September 1987.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Emlyn Davies Papers and Calligrams.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003

Calligraphers | Wales | Swansea | Archives
Calligraphy | Wales
Davies, William Emlyn, | 1899-1973 | Archives

Personal names
Davies , William Emlyn , 1899-1973

Corporate names
GlanmĂ´r Grammar School for Girls
Oxford Street Senior Boys' School (Swansea, Wales)
Swansea and District Society for Mentally Handicapped Children and Adults

Aberdare (Wales)

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