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Ellis, Thomas Edward, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TELLIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Thomas Edward Ellis Papers

Short Title: Ellis, Thomas Edward, papers

Creation date(s): 1876-1929

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.23 cubic metres (22 boxes, 1 frame, 4 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Thomas Edward Ellis (1859-1899), MP


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Edward (Tom) Ellis (1859-1899), politician, was Liberal MP for Merioneth, 1886-1899, and chief Liberal whip, 1894-1895. He was born at Cynlas, Cefnddwysarn, Llanfor, Merionethshire, and educated in Llandderfel and Bala, before going to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1875-1879. He joined New College, Oxford, in 1880, graduating in 1884 with a BA in Modern History, adding an MA in 1897. He became the private secretary of John Brunner, MP for Northwich, Cheshire, and in August 1886 he was elected as Liberal MP for Merioneth. By 1892, he was second whip in Gladstone's Liberal Government, and was chief Liberal whip, 1894-1895, under Lord Rosebery. He vigorously promoted Welsh interests in Parliament, advocating the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales, the creation of a Welsh assembly and national library, and pushing through the establishment of a Royal Commission on land in Wales and Monmouthshire. At one time he was a prominent member of the Cymru Fydd movement. He had a great influence on educational administration in Wales. He contributed to the passing of the Welsh Intermediate and Technical Education Act 1889, and was a member the University of Wales Court and the Central Welsh Board. He was the founder of the University of Wales' Old Students' Association. He married Annie Jane Davies (1873-1942) of Cwrt-mawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, in 1898. However, his health was fragile, and he died on 5 April 1899, while in Cannes, France, and was buried at Cefnddwysarn. His only son, T. I. Ellis, was born eight months later. A volume entitled Speeches and Addresses was published by Hughes and Son, Wrexham, in 1912. His widow subsequently married the Rev. Peter Hughes Griffiths (1871-1937).


Scope and content/abstract: Letters written to T. E. Ellis, 1876-1899, from correspondents including A. H. D. Acland, D. R. Daniel, Ellis Jones Griffith, Lord Rosebery and others; drafts and copies of letters by T. E. Ellis, [c. 1879]-1899; miscellaneous correspondence and papers concerning T. E. Ellis, 1886-1929; diaries, 1889-1897; newspaper cuttings, printed matter, notes, petitions and papers on political matters, 1877-1910; and family papers, consisting mainly of letters to Mrs T. E. Ellis, 1897-1929.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: letters to T.E. Ellis; letters and copies of letters by him; parliamentary and personal papers; miscellaneous correspondence and papers; further T.E. Ellis correspondence and papers (1964-1969 deposits); and family papers.

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: Hard copies of the catalogues (in two volumes) are available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogues are available online.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his son, Mr T. I. Ellis, Aberystwyth, 1961-1969. Converted into a donation by Mrs Mari Ellis, 1996.


Related material: Further papers are National Library of Wales, D. R. Daniel Collection, T. I. Ellis Papers, Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith Papers; Meirionnydd Archives, ZM/4929; National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, MSS 10008-10249 Passim; Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, MSS Harcourt; and British Library, Manuscript Collections, Add MS 46022.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Correspondence and other items after 1899 relate mostly to his widow.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Thomas Edward Ellis Collection; NLW, Thomas Edward Ellis Collection (Additional Papers); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Griffith, Wyn, Thomas Edward Ellis 1859-1899 (Llandybie, 1959).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Ellis, Thomas Edward, | 1859-1899 | Archives
Ellis, Thomas Edward, | 1859-1899 | Correspondence
Great Britain | Politics and government | 19th century
Hughes-Griffiths, Annie Jane, | 1873-1942 | Correspondence
Liberalism | Wales
Politicians | Great Britain | Correspondence
Politicians | Wales | Diaries
Printed ephemera | Wales

Personal names
Acland , Arthur Herbert Dyke , 1847-1926
Daniel , David R. (David Robert) , 1859-1931
Ellis , Thomas Edward , 1859-1899
Ellis-Griffith , Ellis Jones , 1860-1926 , Sir
Hughes-Griffiths , Annie Jane , 1873-1942
Rosebery , Archibald Philip Primrose , 1847–1929 , Earl of

Corporate names


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