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Edwards, Thomas Charles, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 THORDS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Thomas Charles Edwards Papers

Short Title: Edwards, Thomas Charles, papers

Creation date(s): [c. 1600]-1922

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.934 cubic metres (33 boxes, 1 parcel)

Name of creator(s): Thomas Charles Edwards


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rev. Thomas Charles Edwards (1837-1900), minister and academic, was the grandson of Thomas Charles (1755-1814), and son of Lewis Edwards, who had opened a religious academy in Bala (later Bala College) in Bala, Merionethshire, with his brother-in-law, David Charles, to train ministers of the Calvinistic Methodist denomination. Thomas Charles Edwards went to Bala College, and then to Oxford, graduating in 1862. He married Mary, née Roberts, and had four children. He became a minister in Liverpool, Lancashire, and in 1872 was appointed first Principal of the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire., a post he held until 1891. He became Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1887. In 1891, he became Principal of Bala College, and he died in 1900.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts and papers of the families of Charles and Edwards, dated between [c. 1600] and 1922; they include letters from Thomas Charles Edwards to his wife, and their son Lewis Charles, 1876-1896; letters to Thomas Charles Edwards, 1885-1899; copies of letters, 1859-1898, including correspondence relating to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; letters to and from Mary Roberts, 1867-[1893]; letters to their daughter, Elizabeth Alicia Edwards, 1887-1900; Edwards family letters, 1895-1900; and newspapers and press cuttings, [c. 1820]-1922.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English, French

System of arrangement: The papers are arranged into the following: Thomas Charles manuscripts; Lewis Edwards mansucripts; Thomas Charles Edwards manuscripts; and additional letters; the first three, large groups are subdivided into manuscripts and correspondence, further divided by recipient and/or correspondent.

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.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Publication note: A selection of letters relating to Thomas Charles Edwards's time as Principal of the UCW, Aberystwyth, 1872-1891 were transcribed and edited by T. I. Ellis. They were published as a supplement to the National Library of Wales Journal in 1952-1953.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes earlier family papers accumulated by Thomas Charles Edwards and some papers which post-date his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Thomas Charles Edwards Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Williams, J. Gwyn, The University of Wales, 1839-1939 (Cardiff, 1997); Morgan Iwan (ed.), University College of Wales Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth, 1928); Y Goleuad (27 October 1937); Y Cymro (9 July 1922).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | History
Charles family, | of Bala | Archives
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Edwards family, | of Bala | Archives
Edwards family, | of Chirk | Archives
Edwards, Thomas Charles, | 1837-1900 | Archives

Personal names
Charles family , of Bala
Edwards , Elizabeth Alicia
Edwards , Lewis Charles
Edwards , Thomas Charles , 1837-1900
Edwards family , of Bala
Edwards family , of Chirk

Corporate names
Coleg y Bala
University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales)
Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Bala (Wales)

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