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Ellis, T. I., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TIELLIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: T. I. Ellis Papers

Short Title: Ellis, T. I., papers

Creation date(s): 1791-1991 (accumulated [1916]-1970)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.183 cubic metres (53 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Thomas Iorwerth Ellis (1899-1970)


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Iorwerth Ellis (1899-1970), was an academic, teacher and author. He was born in London, Middlesex, after the death of his father, Thomas Edward Ellis, MP (1859-1899). His mother, Annie Jane Ellis née Davies (1873-1942), of Cwrt-mawr, Llangeitho, Cardiganshire, was a descendant of the Davies family of Aberystwyth and Cwrtmawr and the Charles family of Carmarthen. She later married the Rev. Peter Hughes Griffiths (1871-1937). Ellis was educated at Aberystwyth Grammar School, Westminster School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Jesus College, Oxford. He was a classics master at Cardiff High School for Boys, 1924-1928, a lecturer at University College, Swansea, 1928-1930, headmaster of Rhyl County School, 1930-1940, a lecturer in classics at Lampeter, 1940-1941, and Aberystwyth, 1941-1946. He was actively involved with the National Library of Wales and the University of Wales and served as Warden of the Guild of Graduates, 1943-1947. He received an honorary doctorate in 1967, and the OBE in 1968. T. I. Ellis was a founder of Undeb Cymru Fydd, an organization dedicated to preserving the Welsh language and culture, and served as its secretary, 1941-1967. He edited three volumes of The Letters of T. C. Edwards (Aberystwyth, 1952-1953) and wrote The Development of Higher Education in Wales (Wrexham, 1935) and biographies of T. E. Ellis (2 volumes, Liverpool, 1944, 1948), J. H. Davies (Liverpool, 1963) and Sir Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith (Llandybie, 1969). From 1921 he travelled regularly throughout Wales in support of the Welsh Schoolboys' Camp Movement. These journeys became the genesis of his Crwydro series of books (Llandybie, 1952-1959). He broadcast regularly in both English and Welsh, notably on BBC Radio's Round Britain Quiz. Previously a Calvinistic Methodist, he was confirmed at St Asaph in November 1936, and became a lay reader in the Church in Wales in 1937. He became a member of both the Governing Body and the Representative Body of the Church in Wales. He married Mary Headley (Mari Ellis) in April 1949 and died at his Aberystwyth home on 20 April 1970. Mari Ellis was active in the Celtic Congress, church affairs and the Mother's Union.


Scope and content/abstract: General correspondence of T. I. Ellis, consisting of letters reflecting the wide range of his activities, 1916-1970; correspondence and other papers relating to organisations including Aberystwyth Old Students' Association, the British Broadcasting Corporation, the Guild of Graduates of the University of Wales, Wales (West and North) Television Ltd, the University of Wales and the Welsh Schoolboys Camp Movement, 1920-1979; correspondence and papers of committees and commissions relating to the University of Wales and to public libraries, 1932-1968; correspondence and papers relating to ecclesiastical affairs and the Church in Wales including its Representative Body and Publications Commission, the Student Christian Movement and the Welsh Council of Churches, 1909-1991; papers relating to his publications, 1877-1969; papers relating to his education and career, 1900-1947; financial papers, 1926-1962; personal papers, including diaries, 1894-1966; letters and other papers relating to the Charles family of Carmarthen and the Davies family of Aberystwyth and Cwrtmawr, 1791-1920; papers and correspondence relating to T. E. Ellis, 1884-1963, Mrs Annie J. Ellis (later Hughes-Griffiths), 1873-1942, Rev. Peter Hughes-Griffiths, 1871-1940, and Mrs Mari Ellis, 1965-1991.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: family papers; correspondence; societies, organisations and groups; the Church; commissions and committees; T. I. Ellis's research and publications; T. I. Ellis's education and career; business and financial papers; personalia; miscellanea; papers of Mrs Mari Ellis. The correspondence is mostly arranged chronologically.

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, under the title T. I. Ellis Papers, is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online. A detailed catalogue of some of the material deposited earlier was prepared under the title Charles and Davies family correspondence.


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 by his widow Mrs Mari Ellis, of Aberystwyth, 1996. Some papers were deposited by T. I. Ellis, 1943-1967, then converted into a donation, 1996; others were donated by him in 1955.


Related material: Further papers are NLW, T. I. Ellis Collection of Davies Family Deeds.

Publication note: Letters from the collection (A121-A131) were used by Rev. E. Wynne Parry for Cofiant a Phregethau y diweddar Barch. David Charles Davies, MA (Wrexham, 1896).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some papers predate the lifetime of T. I. Ellis; other papers, accumulated by his widow, postdate his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of T. I. Ellis Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Broadcasting | Wales
Charles family, | of Carmarthen | Archives
Church in Wales | Publishing
Davies family, | of Cwrt-mawr | Archives
Education, Higher | Wales
Ellis, T. I. | (Thomas Iorwerth), | 1899-1970 | Archives
Libraries | Wales
Religious institutions | Wales
Teachers | Wales | Diaries
Television broadcasting | Wales
Universities and colleges | Wales | History | 20th century
Wales | Biography
Youth | Wales | Societies and clubs

Personal names
Davies family , of Cwrt-mawr
Ellis , Mari , 1913-
Ellis , T. I. (Thomas Iorwerth) , 1899-1970
Ellis , Thomas Edward , 1859-1899
Griffiths , Peter
Hughes-Griffiths , Annie Jane , 1873-1942

Corporate names
BBC Active (Firm)
Church in Wales
Church in Wales | Representative Body
Cyngor Eglwysi Cymru
Student Christian Movement of Great Britain and Ireland
University of Wales
University of Wales | Guild of Graduates
Wales West and North Television Ltd
Welsh Schoolboys Camp Movement

Aberystwyth (Wales)

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