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National Library of Wales
Hughes, D. R., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DRHHES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: D. R. Hughes Papers

Short Title: Hughes, D. R., papers

Creation date(s): 1835-1955 (accumulated [1894]-1955)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)

Name of creator(s): David Rowland Hughes ('Myfyr Eifion', 1874-1953)


Administrative/Biographical history: David Rowland Hughes, 'Myfyr Eifion' (1874-1953), was a National Eisteddfod secretary. He was born in Holywell, Flintshire, and attended school in Porthmadog and Bangor, both in Caernarfonshire, and Llandudno Collegiate School (1888-1891). He went to the University Colleges of Wales in Bangor (1891-1892) and Aberystwyth, but did not complete his degree. After teaching in Llandudno for a year, he went to London in 1894, where he stayed for forty-five years, until he retired from the United Dairies Ltd, and moved to Colwyn Bay. He became a leading figure among the London Welsh, contributing to many different activities, corresponding with writers, and collecting historical and literary materials. He was the joint secretary of the London National Eisteddfod of 1909, and became secretary of the National Eisteddfod Association, 1935-1936, and as joint secretary, 1937-1947, organised the Eisteddfod during the difficult war years. He married Maggie Ellis of London, in 1903, and they had three daughters. He died 29 August 1953 and was buried at Bron-y-nant Cemetery, Colwyn Bay.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters, 1902-1947, to D. R. Hughes; letters of literary interest, 1835-1902, collected by D. R. Hughes; material relating to the National Eisteddfod, 1881-1944, including poetry, 1881-1936; miscellaneous periodicals and books, 1904-1945; manuscript and newspaper cuttings belonging to the Rev. John Jones, Talysarn, Sir John H. Puleston and T. R. Roberts, [1857x1940].


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged broadly into the following: newspaper cuttings; letters; and eisteddfod-related material.

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: The usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available on-line.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The papers were given to the donor by the widow of D. R. Hughes in October 1955.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mr W. Emyr Williams, Ll.B., Wrexham, 1955.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some earlier material was collected by D. R. Hughes. A letter from D. R. Hughes' widow to the donor postdates his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of Manuscripts from the library of Mr D. R. Hughes, MA, London and Old Colwyn; 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

Eisteddfodau | Wales
Hughes, D. R. | (David Rowland), | 1874-1953 | Archives

Personal names
Hughes , D. R. (David Rowland) , 1874-1953

Corporate names
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru

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