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National Library of Wales
Edwards, Jack, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JACRDS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Jack Edwards Papers

Short Title: Edwards, Jack, papers

Creation date(s): 1854-1936

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.054 cubic metres (57 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Jack Edwards (1853-1942)


Administrative/Biographical history: Jack Edwards (1853-1942) was a bookseller and singer. Born in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, he worked in the telegraph department of the Post Office there until 1880, when he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Here he stayed with his brother Ed and worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Company, for a wholesale drug store, and as a music teacher. He spent a great deal of his time singing, as a soloist and in various choirs. During this time he corresponded with his father, Edward Edwards ('Pencerdd Ceredigion', 1816-1897), bookseller, and his sisters in Aberystwyth; he also corresponded with many musicians in Wales. In 1887, he returned home and took over his father's bookselling business in Great Darkgate Street, Aberystwyth. He developed a great interest in the Esperanto language. He died in 1942.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters from Jack Edwards in Cincinnati, Ohio, to his family, 1880-1887, relating family matters, his work and singing engagements and news of the Welsh community in Cincinnati; programme cards of various concerts and festivals, 1882-1885; music notebooks of Jack Edwards, Edward Edwards and others, [19th century]-[early 20th century]; account and memoranda books of Edward Edwards' bookselling and binding business, 1854-1895; correspondence of Edward and Jack Edwards, including some in Esperanto, mainly on musical and literary matters, 1881-1936; and other original manuscripts of Jack Edwards, [before 1942].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Esperanto.

System of arrangement: The letters are NLW MS 20995, arranged chronologically. The other papers and manuscripts are NLW MSS 14741-14796.

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: The catalogue is available online. A hard copy is available in the 'Handlist of NLW MSS'. A hard copy of a superseded, but more detailed, catalogue of the individual items in NLW MS 20995 is available in NLW as 'A schedule of letters of Jack Edwards From America, 1880-7'.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Library of Wales by Miss Elizabeth Richards, Aberystwyth, 1941-2.


Related material: Edwards's collection of printed books, mainly concerning Esperanto and music, donated as part of the archive, were transferred to the Department of Printed Books.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive contains earlier material relating to Edwards Edwards, Jack's father, and his business.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: NLW, A schedule of letters of Jack Edwards From America, 1880-7; National Library of Wales, Annual Report, 1941-2.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Booksellers and bookselling | Wales | Aberystwyth
Edwards, Edward, | 1816-1897 | Correspondence
Edwards, Jack, | 1853-1942 | Correspondence
Esperanto letters | Wales | Aberystwyth
Immigrants | Ohio
Music | Wales | Manuscripts
Welsh | Ohio

Personal names
Edwards , Edward , 1816-1897
Edwards , Jack , 1853-1942

Corporate names

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Cincinnati (Ohio)

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