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National Library of Wales
Gee Printing Company records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GEEANY

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Gee Printing Company Records

Short Title: Gee Printing Company records

Creation date(s): 1836-1937

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.315 cubic metres (3 boxes, 40 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Gee Printing Company


Administrative/Biographical history: Gwasg Gee, publishing firm of Thomas Gee, later Messrs Gee & Son, Denbigh, Denbighshire, was an early nineteenth century printing works, important in the history of printing in the Welsh language. Thomas Gee (1815-1898) was born into a printing family. His father, also named Thomas Gee, had bought Thomas Jones' printing business, based in Ruthin, Denbighshire, in 1813. He moved it to Denbigh where he developed it further. The quarterly journal Y Traethodydd, was founded in 1845, published by Thomas Gee. Between 1854 and 1879, Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig was published, a ten-volume encyclopaedia. His business adopted new printing technology as it emerged. In 1916, Gwasg Gee passed out of family hands, and after 1923, it was reformed as a limited company. When Thomas Gee died in 1898, D.S. Davies became the director of the printing company. Later, after 1928, the author Kate Roberts, together with her husband Morris T. Williams, bought Gwasg Gee.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the printing and publishing firm of Thomas Gee, 1836-1937, including: general ledger, 1897-1910; trade ledgers, 1894-1920; Baner ledgers, 1871-1904; insurance accounts, 1852-1914; printing accounts, 1905-1937; Baner accounts, 1908-1922; North Wales Times accounts, 1904-1928; advertisement journals and ledgers, 1872-1918; statements of work undertaken, 1889-1918; machine room and piecework records, 1868-1890; receipts to customers, 1892-1897; daybooks, 1904-1907; subscription address books, 1898-1931; return sheets and books, 1914-1922; documents relating to partnership, copyright etc., 1839-1892; letters, 1847-1918; and miscellanea, 1836-1935.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: ledgers; accounts; advertisement journals and ledgers; statement of work; machine room and piecebook; receipts to customers; cashbooks; subscription address book; return sheets and return book; documents relating to partnership, copyright etc.; letters; and miscellaneous 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: 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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Morris T. Williams, in 1936 and subsequently.


Related material: A large number of further items deriving from the Gee and Son works, Denbigh are in the general series of NLW manuscripts. A list is avilable in the catalogue. There is a bundle of letters (no. 3590) at the University of Wales, Bangor archives, and some related records at the Denbighshire Record Office, Ruthin.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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 Thomas Gee Printing Papers; Davies, John, Hanes Cymru (1990); Y Gadwyn, Misolyn Eglwys y Crwys Caerdydd, Cyfrol LIII, Rhif 10; Jones, T. Gwynn, Cofiant Thomas Gee (Dinbych, 1913); Greenhalgh, Isoline, Thomas Gee, Argraffwr a Chyhoeddwr, Bywgraffiad byr (Dinbych, 2001); personal correspondence with the Rev. William Ieuan Cynwil Williams, Presbyterian minister of Capel Mawr, Denbigh in the 1950s and 1960s (17 January 2003); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

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Personal names
Gee , Thomas , 1815-1898

Corporate names
Gwasg Gee (Cyhoeddwyr)


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