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National Library of Wales
Evans, Griffith, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GRIANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Griffith Evans Papers

Short Title: Evans, Griffith, papers

Creation date(s): 1626-1942

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.351 cubic metres (12 boxes, 1 envelope, 1 roll, 4 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Griffith Evans


Administrative/Biographical history: Griffith Evans (1835-1935) was a bacteriologist and a pioneer in research into parasitology. In 1880, he discovered the first pathological trypanosome now known as trypanosoma evansi in Surra, India. Griffith Evans's home was Tynmawr, Towyn, Merionethshire and he later attended the Royal Veterinary College in London, 1854-1855. Before working in Canada at Mc Gill University, 1861-1864, he was a veterinary surgeon at Woolwich. In 1870, he returned to Britain and lived in Ipswich for some years. From 1877-1885, he did research in India where he discovered trypanosome evansi. In 1890 he settled in Brynkynallt, Bangor, where he became lecturer at the University College's Agricultural Department until 1910. He gave lectures on medical subjects largely connected with Christian Healing.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection includes deeds and documents, 1626-1871, relating to members of Griffith Evans's family; family personalia, c. 1830-1887; portraits and photographs, 1852-1931; professional diplomas awarded to Griffith Evans, 1855-1870; papers deriving from his career, 1872-1917; papers relating to the discovery of trypanosoma evansi in Surra, 1880-1935; general tributes paid to Griffith Evans, 1931-1935; tributes paid to him on the occasion of his hundredth birthday in 1935 and papers relating to the birthday celebrations; miscellaneous papers found in his wallet after his death; extracts from diaries and notes made with a view to the preparation of an autobiography, 1869-1942; extracts from letters and books made by Dr Erie Evans; academic notes and transcriptions of documents made by Griffith Evans; offprints, monographs and other printed materials, 1822-1931; religious questionnaires, 1926, on personal attitudes towards religion and religious experiences; general correspondence, 1857-1935, addressed to Griffith Evans; press cuttings; miscellaneous photographs and prints; and extracts from Griffith Evans's journal of his visit to North America from Canada, 1864.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: family documents and personalia; portraits and personal documents of Griffith Evans; Griffith Evans's discovery of Trypanosoma Evansi; tributes to Griffith Evans; papers found in Griffith Evans's wallet after his death; autobiographical material; extracts from letters and books; essays, notes and transcripts; offprints, books and other printed material; religious questionnaires; correspondence; press cuttings; and miscellaneous photographs and prints.

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 donated to the NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The majority of the papers were donated to the NLW by Griffith Evans's daughter Dr Erie Evans in 1942. Additional groups of papers were donated by other members of the family between 1943 and 1969. A small group of letters and papers was deposited by Mrs Jean Ware, grand-daughter of Griffith Evans, in 1966; this group was originally designated NLW Minor Deposit 726A.



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 Griffith Evans Papers; VIE Research Group website, viewed 12 February 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Bacteriologists | Wales
Bacteriology | Wales
Evans, G. H. | (Griffith H.), | 1835-1935 | Archives
Medical sciences | Wales
Parasitologists | Wales
Parasitology | Wales
Spiritual healing | Wales
Veterinary parasitology | Wales

Personal names
Evans , G. H. (Griffith H.) , 1835-1935

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