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National Library of Wales
Diverres, Paul, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PAURES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Paul Diverres Collection

Short Title: Diverres, Paul, collection

Creation date(s): [1746x1946] (accumulated [1900x1946])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.941 cubic metres (33 boxes, 8 drawers)

Name of creator(s): Paul Diverres


Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Paul Diverres (1880-1946) was a Celtic scholar and former Keeper of Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales. He was born at Lorient, Brittany, and educated at the University of Rennes. He took a course in medicine, but then changed to study Celtic Studies, at the Collège de France, the Sorbonne and the Ecole des hautes études, Paris. He visited Wales in 1911 and in 1914 took an MA degree in the University of Liverpool. He was appointed Keeper of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales in 1919. In 1923 he accepted a post in the French department of the University College of Swansea. He published a number of works, his most important being Le plus ançien texte de Meddygon Myddveu . . . (Paris, 1913), and Le Siège de Lorient par les Anglais en 1746 (Rennes, 1931).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of and acquired by Paul Diverres [1746x1946], comprising what are presumably the papers of his father (Henry Diverres), including transcripts, extracts, notes and printed materials, relating to Brittany, and to Finistère in particular, regarding historical and antiquarian mattters; manuscripts, printed matter, transcripts and lectures acquired by and by Paul Diverres, including material relating to a variety of historical and antiquarian subjects; religious subjects, including saints; aspects of Celtic history; glossaries, vocabularies and grammars of various languages including Cornish, Gaelic, French, Breton and Welsh; poetry and prose; various histories, including arthurian legend and Merlin, and Meddygon Myddfai; botany and botanical terms; Welsh manuscripts such as the Black Book of Carmarthen, the Red Book of Hergest, and Llyfr Taliesin; place and personal names; ancient monuments in Wales; and songs; together with some correspondence and miscellaneous papers.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, Breton, Cornish, English, French, German, Latin, Irish, Old Irish

System of arrangement:

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: The papers were kept in the private library of Paul Diverres, University College Swansea.

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented in 1947 by Mrs Paul Diverres, Swansea, and Mr Armel Diverres, Manchester


Related material: Printed books, maps, charts and photographs from the library of Paul Diverres are also held at the National Library of Wales.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records acquired by Paul Diverres pre-date the date of his birth.

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 Paul Diverres Collection; The Dictionary of Welsh Biography 1941-1950 (London, 1970).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Breton literature
Breton poetry
Brittany (France) | History to 1500
Celtic antiquities
Celtic languages
Celtic philology
Diverres, P. , | Archives
Historical linguistics
Language and languages in literature
Language and languages | Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
Language and languages | Grammars
Manuscripts, Welsh
Monuments | Wales
Mythology, Celtic
Mythology, Welsh, in literature
Traditional medicine | Wales | Myddfai

Personal names
Diverres , P.

Corporate names

Finistère (France)

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