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Phillips, D. Rhys, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DRHYSIPS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: D. Rhys Phillips Papers

Short Title: Phillips, D. Rhys, papers

Creation date(s): 1622-1951 (accumulated [c.1875-1951])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.461 cubic metres (25 boxes)

Name of creator(s): D. Rhys Phillips


Administrative/Biographical history: David Rhys Phillips, 'Beili Glas' (1862-1952) from the vale of Neath, Glamorgan, became librarian of the Welsh Department of the Swansea Public Library, and was responsible for the Celtic collection. He was one of the founders and the first honorary secretary of the Welsh Bibliographical Society, and honorary secretary and editor of the Celtic Congress. He did freelance work throughout his life, including for the reading and editorial section of the Oxford University Press. He worked to improve the study of librarianship in Wales. He was a successful competitor at the National Eisteddfod in literary competitions, and was an active member of the Gorsedd. His main interest, however, was the history of the vale of Neath; his magnum opus, The history of the vale of Neath, was published in 1925.


Scope and content/abstract: Research and original papers acquired by D. Rhys Phillips, mainly towards a history of the vale of Neath, 1622-1897, including extracts from the letter-books of Alfred Fox of the Neath Abbey Coal Co., 1820-1858, and accounts of the Vale of Neath Railway, 1850-1862; and material towards a history of Swansea, 1622-1814. Papers relating to Nonconformity, 1657-1921, music and hymn books, 1820-1933, Neath Abbey Coal Co., 1865-1874, dialect words, place names, tribannau Morgannwg, poetry, proverbs and folklore, 1896-1948. Correspondence, 1855-1951.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into papers, 1637-1951 (1-480), sub-divided by content, and correspondence, 1855-1951 (1-5941).

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 ia available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased in 1952 and 1953.


Publication note: Numerous publications, including The Celtic Countries: their literary and library activities (1915), A nation and its books (1916), and The history of the Vale of Neath (1925).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Description created by ANW project. The following source was used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedule of D. Rhys Phillips Papers. Includes original papers that pre-date D. Rhys Phillips.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Congregational churches | Wales | Neath Port Talbot
English poetry
Folk songs, Welsh
Fox, Alfred, | fl. 1820-1858 | Correspondence
Historians | Wales | Archives
Neath (Wales) | History
Neath Abbey Ironworks
Phillips, D. Rhys | (David Rhys), | 1868-1952 | Archives
Swansea (Wales) | History
Unitarianism | Wales | West Glamorgan
Welsh language | Dialectology
Welsh poetry

Personal names
Fox , Alfred , fl. 1820-1858
Phillips , D. Rhys (David Rhys) , 1862-1952

Corporate names
Neath Abbey Coal Company
Vale of Neath Railway
Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church

Neath (Wales)
Swansea (Wales)

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