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Prys-Jones, A. G., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 PRYNES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: A. G. Prys-Jones Papers

Short Title: Prys-Jones, A. G., papers

Creation date(s): 1907-1989

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.153 cubic metres (17 boxes, 1 volume)

Name of creator(s): Arthur Glyn Prys-Jones (1888-1987)

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Arthur Glyn Prys-Jones (1888-1987) was an Anglo-Welsh poet, writer and educationalist. He was born on 7 March 1888 in Denbigh. His mother died in 1895 and his father remarried and moved the family to Pontypridd, Glamorgan, in 1898. At the age of 13 he went to Llandovery College, where he appears to have known the poet Dudley G. Davies (1891-1981). In 1908 he won a scholarship to Jesus College, Oxford, to read history, graduating in 1912; he became friends with T. E. Lawrence there. He went to teach in Macclesfield, Walsall and then Dulwich College, London. In 1919 he married Betty Gibbon of Pontypridd, shortly before being appointed Assistant Inspector of Schools for Carmarthenshire, later Staff Inspector for Secondary Education in Wales. He settled in Cardiff where, in 1932, he became one of the founders of the Little Theatre for which he wrote plays. He retired in 1949 and was awarded an OBE. He left Cardiff in 1951, moving to Wimbledon. He produced six volumes of his own poetry, Poems of Wales (Oxford, 1923), Green Places (Llandysul, 1948), A Little Nonsense (Cowbridge, 1954), High Heritage (Llandybie, 1969), Valedictory Verses (Llandysul, 1978) and More Nonsense (Cowbridge, 1984). He also wrote prose, including Gerald of Wales (London, 1955) and The Story of Carmarthenshire (2 vols, Llandybie, 1959, 1972). He edited Welsh Poets (London, 1917), an anthology of Anglo-Welsh poets, and co-edited National Songs of Wales (London, 1959). He regularly wrote reviews in the Western Mail and from 1937 to 1960 broadcast frequently on BBC radio. In 1970 he was elected President of the Welsh Academy's English-language section. He and his wife Betty had two children, David and Barbara. She died in 1976 and he spent his last years in Kingston-upon-Thames, dying there on 21 February 1987, aged 98. Collected Poems (Llandysul, 1988), edited by his friend Don Dale-Jones (b. 1935), was published after his death.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers of A. G. Prys-Jones and, to a much lesser extent, of his friend Don Dale-Jones. A. G. Prys-Jones's papers include letters from him, mainly to Don Dale-Jones, 1967-1987; letters to him from various literary figures, 1934-1987; poetry, including drafts for his published collections, [c. 1923]-[c. 1987], unpublished collections, [c. 1924]-[c. 1968], other published and unpublished poems, 1913-1969, and some poetry notebooks, [c. 1984]; prose works, including short stories, [c. 1930s]-1975, and plays, 1932-1972, many of which were either published, performed or broadcast; drafts and press cuttings of articles and reviews published in newspapers, particularly the Western Mail, 1929-1968, as well as unpublished articles, [c. 1947]-[1960s]; press cuttings of articles about and reviews of Prys-Jones' work, 1923-1987; typescript copies and drafts of The Story of Carmarthenshire and other works, 1941-1972; papers relating to Welsh history, including education in Wales and Llandovery College, 1908-1970; drafts and typescripts of talks, lectures and speeches, including radio scripts, 1937-1958; poetry, prose and lectures by other authors, 1924-1987; and other personal papers and ephemera, 1933-1986. Don Dale-Jones's papers comprise letters, mainly from Dudley G. Davies, 1975-1989.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; poetry; prose; journalism; history; talks, lectures and speeches; and personal 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 can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

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 from the Taliesin Trust and from Mr Don Dale-Jones, Carmarthen, 1990.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Publication note: Dale-Jones, Don, Writers of Wales: A. G. Prys-Jones (Cardiff, 1992)

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some letters to Don Dale-Jones postdate Prys-Jones' death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of A. G. Prys-Jones Papers; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); Dale-Jones, Don, Writers of Wales: A. G. Prys-Jones (Cardiff, 1992).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2003


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Dale-Jones, Don | Archives
English literature | Welsh authors
English poetry | Welsh authors
Prys-Jones, A. G. | (Arthur Glyn) | Archives

Personal names
Dale-Jones , Don
Davies , Dudley Garnet
Prys-Jones , A. G. (Arthur Glyn)

Corporate names

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