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Ballinger, John, Sir, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JOHGER

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir John Ballinger Papers

Short Title: Ballinger, John, Sir, papers

Creation date(s): 1860-1933

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 36 vols

Name of creator(s): Sir John Ballinger


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir John Ballinger was born in Pontnewynydd, Monmouthshire and received his early education in Canton, Cardiff. At 15 he became an assistant at Cardiff Free Library and, at 20, was appointed librarian at Doncaster before returning to Cardiff in 1884 to take up the post of chief librarian. In 1908 Ballinger was appointed the first librarian of the National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth, which was scheduled to be opened the following year. Despite being a non-Welsh speaker, Ballinger brought considerable success to his librarianship roles in Wales. He was selected as president of the Library Association in 1922 and was for a time editor of the Bibliographical Society of Wales. Amongst other honours bestowed upon him, he received an honourary Master of Arts from the University of Wales in 1909, was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1920 and knighted in 1930. In 1932 he received the Cymmrodorion Society's medal for his services to the Welsh nation in the field of bibliography and literature. He died at Hawarden in 1933.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [1880x1927], of Sir John Ballinger, which include articles, reviews, reports and addresses by Ballinger, some of which relate to libraries in Britain, including a report on the University College of North Wales, Bangor library and reports and other papers, 1903-1910, relating to the Library Association; articles, addresses and notes by Ballinger relating to literary matters and (mainly Welsh) historical events and figures; and papers and correspondence, 1903-1906, relating to the Bible in Wales.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 9919-9954

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: The catalogue is available online. A hard copy is available in 'Handlist of NLW MSS'. A hard copy of earlier catalogue that includes his printed books and pamphlets is available at NLW.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his widow, Lady Amy Ballinger, in 1933.



Note: Title based on contents

Archivist's note: Compiled by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on-line.

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003; amended July 2008

Ballinger, John, | 1860-1933 | Archives
History | Wales | Research
Librarians | Wales
Library administration | Great Britain
Welsh literature
Welsh literature | To 1550

Personal names
Ballinger , John , 1860-1933

Corporate names

Cardiff (Wales)

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