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Jones, O. T., manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 OTJNES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: O. T. Jones Manuscripts

Short Title: Jones, O. T., manuscripts

Creation date(s): [c. 1871]-1966

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.191 cubic metres (19 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Owen Thomas Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Owen Thomas Jones (1878-1967) was Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University. He was born in Beulah, Cardiganshire, and attended the British School in Trewern and Pencader Grammar School. He went to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1896, and graduated with first-class honours in Physics in 1900. He then went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study geology and mineralogy, 1902-1903. He joined H. M. Geological Survey to survey the western end of the south Wales coalfield. In 1909 he was awarded a DSc by the University of Wales, returned to Aberystwyth to lecture and in 1910 was appointed Professor of Geology. In 1919 he became Professor of Geology at the University of Manchester and in 1930 Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University. He retired from his post in 1943. Professor Jones published numerous papers and books on the geology of Wales, Britain and North America, 1910-1960. One of the most significant was Lead and zinc: The mining district of North Cardiganshire and West Montgomeryshire (HMSO, 1922). He was President of the Geological and Mineralogical Societies and a fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Lyell Medal, 1926, the Geological Society's Wollaston Medal, 1945, the Royal Society's Royal Medal, 1956, and an honorary LL. D. by the University of Wales, 1958. He married Ethel May Reynolds of Haverfordwest in 1910 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died on 5 May 1967.


Scope and content/abstract: Student notes on petrology, 1903; university lectures and notes for lectures given at Aberystwyth and Manchester, 1919-[1930], and at Cambridge, 1931-1938; other lectures and addresses on geological subjects, 1925-1939; material relating to academic and consultative research, undertaken mainy in Wales, 1884-[1942], including material relating to the mineral mining industries and river drainage in Mid Wales; files of personal papers and correspondence, 1913-1943; copies of letters to his wife, 1909-1966; pocket notebooks, [1920s]-[1930s]; theses and papers by other individuals, 1931-1943; photographs and slides, [c. 1903]-[1949]; portfolios containing plans, sections, maps and graphs relating to mines, collieries and power stations in Wales and England, [c. 1871]-1935; miscellaneous papers and research notes, 1904-1966.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: student notes; university lecture courses, Aberystwyth and Manchester; university lecture courses, Cambridge; occasional lectures and addresses; research material; personal papers and correspondence; miscellaneous; supplement to list (1970); additional donation (2000).

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: The main group of papers were deposited at the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, by O. T. Jones upon his retirement in 1943 before they were acquired by NLW.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his son Dr W. D. V. Jones, per the librarian of the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, 1968-1972, by W. D. V. Jones, 1974, and by Mr Patrick Ellis Jones, Bangor, 2000.


Related material: Portfolios of plans, sections and charts are in National Library of Wales, Special Collections. Further papers are in the British Geological Survey Library, GSM1/357, IGS1.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some papers collected by O. T. Jones pre-dates his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, List of Manuscripts of Professor O. T. Jones (1878-1967); 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: December 2003

Geology | Research | Great Britain
Industrial minerals | Geology | Wales
Jones, O. T. | (Owen Thomas), | 1878-1967 | Archives
Lead ores | Wales

Personal names
Jones , O. T. (Owen Thomas) , 1878-1967

Corporate names
University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales)
University of Cambridge
University of Manchester


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