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Rees, J. Seymour, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JSEYREES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: J. Seymour Rees Collection

Short Title: Rees, J. Seymour, collection

Creation date(s): 1817-1965

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.193 cubic metres (185 volumes, 1 deed)

Name of creator(s): J. Seymour Rees


Administrative/Biographical history: John Seymour Rees (1887-1963) was a Congregational minister and author from Carmarthenshire. He studied in Aberystwyth and Cardiff and worked as a minister in Cefncoedycymer, Breconshire, 1915-1922, Treorci, Glamorgan, 1923-1927; and Capel Soar, Seven Sisters, Glamorgan, 1927-1945. He became Secretary of the Cardiff Council of Christians and Jews, 1945-1963. From 1932 onwards he gave numerous radio talks. He competed successfully in local and national eisteddfodau, submitting essays and biographies. He was married and had one son. His private library contained much of the source material for his literary contributions to Welsh periodical literature.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of some original work by J. Seymour Rees and his father, John Rees, such as poetry, short stories, essays, biographies, and guide books, much of which was submitted for competition at various national and local eisteddfodau, and volumes of collected material on various topics, including essays, articles and other material on such eminent Welshmen as W. Llewelyn Williams, Daniel Silvan Evans, Sir John Morris Jones, and Rev William Edwards, Groeswen, and on Welsh hymnology, and collections of poetry by D. Emrys James ('Dewi Emrys'), I. D. Hooson, R. Williams Parry, and T. J. Thomas ('Sarnicol'), of prose by 'Sarnicol', W. Llewelyn Williams, O. M. Edwards, and W. J. Gruffydd, and of hymns by H. Elvet Lewis ('Elfed'), J. D. Vernon Lewis, J. R. Davies, Pentyrch, and others, and selections of prose and verse compiled for competition at various national eisteddfodau. In addition to the collection of Elfed's Welsh and English hymns, there are twelve volumes containing some of his prose and verse and material on his life and work. There are also indexes to Y Beirniad, Y Geninen, and Y Geiriadur Bywgraphyddol; typescript copies and cuttings, from periodicals and newspapers, of articles and essays by various persons, and by 'Sarnicol' and J. Seymour Rees in particular; typescript transcripts of several printed books, in particular of collections of hymns published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings relating to D. Lloyd George, Dylan Thomas, 'Dewi Emrys', W. Llewelyn Williams, Sir John Morris Jones, 'Elfed', Rev John Evans, Brecon, Rev Jubilee Young, and others. The collection also contains letters to J. Seymour Rees and Mrs. Seymour Rees and a small group of other correspondence.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: manuscripts; a stray deed; letters to the Rev. J. Seymour Rees; letters to the Rev. J. Seymour and Mrs. Rees; miscellaneous correspondence; and printed books.

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 can be accessed online. A hard copy of the catalogue is available at NLW, as is a copy of a superseded but more detailed catalogue.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The materials were collected or compiled by John Seymour Rees.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Mrs J. Seymour Rees, widow of Rev. J. Seymour Rees, between 1963 and 1965.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The papers predate the life of J. Seymour Rees.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of J. Seymour Rees Collection; 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: March 2003

Eisteddfodau | Wales
Hymns | Welsh
Hymns, Welsh language
Rees, John Seymour | Archives

Personal names
Edwards , Owen Morgan , 1858-1920 , Sir
Emrys , Dewi , 1881-1952
Evans , D. Silvan (Daniel Silvan) , 1818-1903
Gruffydd , William John , 1881-1954
Hooson , I. D.
Lewis , H. Elvet (Howell Elvet)
Lloyd George , David , 1863-1945
Morris-Jones , John , 1864-1929
Parry , Robert Williams
Rees , John Seymour
Sarnicol , 1873-1945
Thomas , Dylan , 1914-1953
Williams , W. Llewelyn (William Llewelyn) , 1867-1922
Young , Jubilee , 1887-1962

Corporate names


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