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John, E. T., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 ETJOHN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: E. T. John Papers

Short Title: John, E. T., papers

Creation date(s): 1881-1931

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.887 cubic metres (21 boxes)

Name of creator(s): E. T. John


Administrative/Biographical history: E. T. (Edward Thomas) John was born in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, in 1857, but his family moved to Middlesborough, Durham, in 1871, where he began his career in the iron and steel industry. He became involved in politics following his retirement from the management of the Linthorpe-Dinsdale Smelting Company, Middlesbrough, in 1910. He became Liberal Member of Parliament for East Denbighshire, 1910-1918, and an advocate of Home Rule for Wales. Although defeated in the 1918 West Denbighshire election, when he ran as a Labour and Welsh Nationalist candidate, and a further three times between 1922 and 1924 as a candidate for Brecon and Radnor and Anglesey, John continued to be involved in issues of governmental reform in Wales and in Welsh culture. He became the elected head of the Union of Welsh Societies (from which the Celtic Congress later emerged), 1916-1926, and president of the Peace Society, 1924-1927. John also had interests in education and agriculture in Wales and wrote a number of articles for newspapers and periodicals including Y Beirniad and The Welsh Outlook. He died in Kent on 16 February 1931.


Scope and content/abstract: Personal and political papers of E. T. John, 1881-1931, including correspondence, 1886-1931; personal and family papers, 1882-1930; political papers, 1907-1930; papers relating to Welsh and Celtic cultural movements, 1912-1930; posters and programmes, 1881-1927; and miscellaneous papers and publications, [c. 1894]-1930.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, some letters in French

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: 1931 deposit: correspondence, arranged chronologically; personal and family papers; political papers; papers relating to Welsh cultural movements; and miscellaneous papers and publications; and 1977 deposit: a separate numerical sequence arranged as follows; correspondence; speeches, press releases, articles and publications; posters and programmes; news cuttings; and miscellaneous.

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.

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: E. T. John's correspondence was originally arranged into subject categories which were not mutually exclusive. It was rearranged in 1975 into a chronological order with an index to the correspondents. Two bank books, 1929-1932, were withdrawn by the depositor, Mrs J. G. Ivor Jones, Bangor, Gwynedd, 1977.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the executors of the will of E. T. John, 1931, with a further deposit in 1977.



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: National Library of Wales, Catalogues of E. T. John 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

Celtic Congress | Archives
Denbighshire (Wales) | Politics and government
Home Rule | Wales
John, E. T. | (Edward Thomas), | 1857-1931 | Archives
Labour Party (Great Britain)
Liberal Party (Great Britain)
Peace Society of Great Britain | Records and correspondence
Undeb Cenedlaethol y Cymdeithasau Cymraeg | Correspondence

Personal names
John , Edward Thomas , 1857-1931

Corporate names

Denbighshire (Wales)

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