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National Library of Wales
Lewis, E. A., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EALEWIS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: E. A. Lewis Papers

Short Title: Lewis, E. A., papers

Creation date(s): [c. 1910]-1941

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.344 cubic metres (12 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Prof. Edward Arthur Lewis


Administrative/Biographical history: Prof. Edward Arthur Lewis (1880-1942), historian, was born at Llangurig, Montgomeryshire, and educated at Oswestry, Llanidloes, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the London School of Economics. He became assistant lecturer in Welsh History at UCW Aberystwyth in 1910, becoming Professor of Economics in 1912 and Professor of Welsh History in 1930. He married Elizabeth Thomas, vice-principal of Barry Training College, Glamorgan, in 1925, and they both died in 1942.


Scope and content/abstract: Academic papers of Edward Arthur Lewis, [c.1910]-1941, comprising abstracts from medieval and modern public records, including Chancery, Exchequer, Star Chamber and Court of Requests Proceedings, Ministers' Accounts, Subsidies, Chamberlains' Accounts, Pleas before the Justice of North Wales, and Quarter Sessions and Great Sessions records; abstracts from the Powys, Wynnstay, Brogyntyn, and Bronwydd Archives, with schedules of manorial records contained in these deposits; memoranda on the Welsh records in the Public Record Office; abstracts of records and notes on the lordships of Cydewain, Arwystli, Cyfeiliog, Broniarth, and Ardudwy; material for the history of Welsh boroughs (supplementing that published in Lewis, E. A., Medieval Boroughs of Snowdonia (London, 1912)); collections for the study of Welsh trade, commerce, customs duties, industry, shipping and agriculture; drafts of studies on Welshmen in London and the Welsh Fair (Barnet) from the Sessions Records of Middlesex in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Rebecca Movement, the Abbey of Strata Florida, claims of the study of Welsh History upon the attention of the University of Wales, country life in medieval Merioneth, the Kyffin family, the Raglawship of Cardiganshire, the coal and tobacco trade in Pembrokeshire; reports on theses and essays; and letters from Sir William Llewellyn Davies (1887-1952), Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947), and others.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged loosely by subject by E. A. Lewis

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.

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: Dr James Conway Davies (1891-1971) seems to have acquired these papers around the time of E. A. Lewis's death in 1942. Davies had been a lecturer in economic history at UCW Aberystwyth in 1917, collaborating closely with Lewis on a number of historical projects thereafter, and he appears to have kept the Lewis archive for his own research purposes until 1962. Some of the donation was separated from the archive by the National Library of Wales and are now NLW MSS 17970 and 17972.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dr James Conway Davies, London, 1962.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Preliminary Schedule of the Papers of Dr E. A. Lewis; 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: March 2003

Boroughs | Wales | History
Country life | Wales | Merioneth | History
Economics | Wales | History | Research
Fairs | England | Barnet (Barnet)
Lewis, E. A. | (Edward Arthur), | 1880-1942 | Archives
Rebecca Riots, 1839-1844
Welsh | England | London | History | 17th century
Welsh | England | London | History | 18th century

Personal names
Lewis , E. A. (Edward Arthur) , 1880-1942

Corporate names
Ardudwy Manor (Wales)
Arwystli Manor and Lordship (Wales)
Broniarth Manor (Wales)
Cedewain Manor (Wales)
Cyfeiliog Manor (Wales)
Strata Florida Abbey (Wales)
University of Wales


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