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National Library of Wales
Gregynog Press, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GREESS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Gregynog Press Records

Short Title: Gregynog Press, records

Creation date(s): 1922-1963

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.486 cubic metres (15 boxes, 12 volumes, 1 folder)

Name of creator(s): Gregynog Press


Administrative/Biographical history: The Gregynog Press was established by Margaret and Gwendoline Davies, of Gregynog Hall, Montgomeryshire, in 1922. The private press produced forty-five titles between 1923 and 1941. Many were in Welsh, or had Welsh connections, including The life of Saint David, Selected poems of Edward Thomas and Gweledigaetheu y Bardd Cwsc. The Press also produced other material, including Christmas cards, programmes and prospectuses. Dr Thomas Jones was the first editor for the Press. Horace Bray was employed as resident artist, and Robert Maynard was the original controller of the Press until 1930; between 1936-1940, James Wardrop was the controller. During the Second World War, the Gregynog Press ceased production, and although the house was still used for conferences and festivals, it did not resume printing. It ceased as a business in 1963. In 1960 Gregynog Hall was sold to the University of Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Gregynog Press, 1902-1963, mainly 1922-1940, including accounts, 1922-1963; correspondence, 1924-1954; documents relating to published works, 1923-1940; documents relating to books printed for private circulation, 1929-1938, documents relating to unpublished works, 1932-1936; ephemera, 1927-1962; prospectuses and catalogues of printing firms, exhibitions, booksellers, 1926-1940; miscellaneous papers, 1917-1954, and photographs, 1902-1924; and draft designs and illustrations, [c. 1930s].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: accounts and business records; correspondence; published volumes; books printed for private circulation; projected but unpublished books; ephemera; draft designs and illustrations; prospectuses and catalogues; miscellaneous papers.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 is available online.

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by and deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited 1963, apart from items formerly in the collection of James Wardrop, purchased in 1990 and 1991. Further papers were transferred in 1995, source unknown and from the British Library per the Curator of Musical Manuscripts, 2002.


Related material: The NLW holds other archives relating to the history of the Gregynog Press, most notably twelve volumes of correspondence in the papers of Dr Thomas Jones CH (Class L, vols. 1-12: see the typescript Guide and Index to the papers, pp. 390-426); and the Gregynog Press Visitors' Book, 1923-1944 (now NLW MS 18465E). Four letters, 1959-c. 1975, relating to the press may be found in NLW MS 21818. Correspondence relating to the publication of specific books may be found in Papurau T. Gwynn Jones (G1600, G2906, G2697-703, G3935-50, G6560), and Papurau W. J. Gruffydd, file 132. Copies of all books published by the Gregynog Press between 1923 and 1940 are held in the Department of Printed Books, together with a collection of the printed ephemera: annotated lists of both are available in that Department. Another group of the ephemera may be found in the UCW Music Department Archives (item 73), helt at the NLW.

Publication note: Harrop, Dorothy A., A History of the Gregynog Press (Pinner, 1980).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedules of the Gregynog Press archives, vols. 1 and 2; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001), Harrop, Dorothy, A., A History of the Gregynog Press (Pinner, 1980).

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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