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Evans, Samuel Thomas, Sir, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SAMANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir Samuel Thomas Evans Papers

Short Title: Evans, Samuel Thomas, Sir, papers

Creation date(s): 1875-1920

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.143 cubic metres (4 boxes, 3 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Sir Samuel Thomas Evans


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Samuel Thomas Evans (1859-1918), politician and judge, was born at Skewen, Glamorganshire, the only son of John and Margaret Evans, from Cardiganshire. He qualified as a solicitor, 1883. He served on the town council in Neath. From his election in 1890 to 1910 he was Liberal M.P. for Mid-Glamorgan. In 1891 he was called to the Bar, becoming a QC in 1901. He was made recorder of Swansea and Solicitor-General in 1908 and was President of the Divorce, Probate and Admiralty Division of the High Court 1910-1918. It was while presiding over the Prize Court during the First World War that he established himself as an authority on international law. He received an Honorary Ll.D in 1909, of the University of Wales, and was made a freeman of Swansea and Neath. He married Rachel Rees Thomas in 1887. He died on 13th September 1918 and was buried at Skewen.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Sir Samuel Thomas Evans, comprising correspondence, 1876-1920, including letters relating to D. Lloyd-George, personal matters, such as family matters, UCW Essay Prize and Evans' death, political matters and the Welsh Church Commission; miscellaneous political papers, leaflets, notes etc, [1890]-[1910]; miscellaneous notes, pamphlets, notebooks etc. of a personal nature, 1875-[1919]; speeches and notes, [1900-1918]; papers relating to the Welsh Church disestablishment question, [1893], [1908x1910]; legal cases, 1894, 1910-1918; press cuttings, [1890x1918]; and miscellaneous material, 1881-1916.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, Latin

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: letters relating to David Lloyd George [1890-1909]; letters to Evans from various correspondents; letters and telegrams on personal matters; draft letters by Evans concerning political matters; letters relating to the Welsh Church Commission [1906-1907]; miscellaneous political papers, leaflets, notes etc; miscellaneous notes, pamphlets, notebooks etc. of a personal nature; speeches and notes for speeches, etc; the Disestablishment Question [1893 and 1908-1909]; legal cases, 1910-1918; miscellaneous material; and press cuttings.

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 purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased, 1974.


Related material: Further papers from the library of Sir Samuel Thomas Evans are NLW, MSS 2231-2242.


Note: Title supplied from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Sir Samuel T. Evans Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Church in Wales | Establishment and disestablishment
Evans, S. T. | (Samuel Thomas), | Sir, | 1859-1918 | Archives
Politicians | Wales | Archives
Welsh Church Commission | Archives

Personal names
Evans , S. T. (Samuel Thomas) , 1859-1918 , Sir
Lloyd George , David , 1863-1945

Corporate names

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