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National Library of Wales
Humphreys, Edward Morgan, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EMHUMPH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Edward Morgan Humphreys Papers

Short Title: Humphreys, Edward Morgan, papers

Creation date(s): [1762]x1955

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.099 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Edward Morgan Humphreys; T. Gwynn Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Edward Morgan Humphreys (1882-1955) was born and brought up in Maeldref, Ardudwy Valley, Merionethshire. His family had a strong tradition of Liberalism. He became a journalist and author, after having given up his legal career due to ill-health. He continued to suffer from ill-health throughout his life. He started writing when he moved with his family to Liverpool and became newspaper correspondent, for the Barmouth Advertiser in 1904 and then the Liverpool Courier, reporting on Evan Roberts' revival meetings in Liverpool in 1905. He became the editor of Y Genedl Gymreig and The North Wales Observer in 1908. He was also editor of Y Goleuad for two terms. He resigned from Y Genedl in 1930, having returned there in 1918, to become a freelance writer. He wrote a weekly column and reviews for the Liverpool Daily Post and the Manchester Guardian, and from 1919 he used the pen-name Celt for his articles for the Liverpool Daily Post. Morgan Humphreys made many radio broadcasts, including one on the occasion of Lloyd George's funeral, and addressed many societies in Wales and England. A pioneer of the Welsh detective novel, he published a number of books, including Dirgelwch yr Anialwch (1911), Rhwng Rhyfeloedd (1924), Yr Etifedd Coll (1924), Y Llaw Gudd (1924), Dirgelwch Gallt y Ffrwd (1938), Ceulan y Llyn Du (1944), and Llofrudd yn y Chwarel (1951). Morgan Humphreys was a staunch supporter of the National Eisteddfod, adjudicating on many occasions and serving on various committees. Among his other published works are Gorse Glen (1948), a translation of Hugh Evans' Cwm Eithin; David Lloyd George (1943), and Y Wasg Gymraeg (1945). He was closely associated with many major literary figures in Wales, including T. Gwynn Jones and W. J. Griffith, Henllys Fawr. He was also close to many of the leading political figures of his time including many Liberal Members of Parliament.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to the life and career of Edward Morgan Humphreys, including letters to E. Morgan Humphreys, from several prominent Welsh figures, 1900x1955, relating to professional matters, such as his articles and contributions to newspapers, requests for articles, radio talks, addresses, literary works, public appointments, his involvement with the eisteddfod and various committees; together with some letters relating to personal affairs, politics and literary matters and letters written to him in his role as an editor; miscellaneous and family ('Dyffryn') correspondence, which are mostly letters of the families of E. Morgan Humphreys' great-grandfather, the Rev Richard Humphreys, and of his grandfather, the Rev Edward Morgan, [1800]x1953; articles, radio scripts and addresses by E. Morgan Humphreys, 1902x1955; together with some personal and family papers, 1841x1955; articles, poetry, adjudications and letters to the editor of Y Genedl etc., by T. Gwynn Jones, 1890x1949; and other miscellaneous papers accumulated by E. Morgan Humphreys, [1762]x1955. Some of the family correspondence was published in 'Some Nineteenth Century Letters', in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1925-1926.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, French, Spanish

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: letters to E. Morgan Humphreys in alphabetical order; family ('Dyffryn') correspondence; miscellaneous correspondence; articles; radio scripts; addresses; other works; personal; T.Gwynn Jones material; and miscellanea.

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: Purchased in 1956 from Mrs Annie Morgan Humphreys, widow of E. Morgan Humphreys.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records acquired by E. Morgan Humphreys pre-date his birth because they are the papers of his family.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Edward Morgan Humphreys Papers, 1996, 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

Humphreys, E. Morgan | (Edward Morgan), | 1882-1955 | Archives
Journalists | Wales | Archives
Radio scripts
Wales | Politics and government | 20th century
Welsh literature | 20th century

Personal names
Humphreys , E. Morgan (Edward Morgan) , 1882-1955
Jones , T. Gwynn (Thomas Gwynn) , 1871-1949

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