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Richards, David, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DAVRDS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: David Richards Papers

Short Title: Richards, David, papers

Creation date(s): 1886-1894

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.005 cubic metres (4 volumes)

Name of creator(s): David Richards (b. 1860)


Administrative/Biographical history: David Richards (b. 1860) was a mining agent from Harlech, Merionethshire. He played a prominent part in the search for gold by the Welsh settlers of Patagonia in the early 1890s. He sailed for Patagonia in May 1891, returned to Britain in August 1892, and set out for Patagonia again in January 1893.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters, 1891-1894, to his wife, describing his voyage and stay in the settlement; journal consisting of loose leaves of the journey to Cwm Hyfryd, Patagonia, September 1891 to January 1892; journal of the voyage home from Buenos Aires to Plymouth, July-August 1892; copies of Welsh poems transcribed and possibly composed by David Richards, proofs of, or cuttings containing, parts of a series of articles on `Cyfoeth Mwnawl y Wladfa Gymreig' to Y Celt in 1891 , and a printed copy of a report on the Garn Gold Mine near Dolgellau, 1888.


Language/scripts of material: Predominantly Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into NLW MSS 21197-21200.

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 A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales, as is a copy of a superseded but more detailed catalogue.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Library of Wales by Miss Megan Richards, Chwilog, 1974.


Related material: NLW MS 16956E contains the records of the Welsh Patagonian Gold Fields Syndicate Ltd., 1891-1892.


Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following source was used in the preparation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Letters and Diaries of David Richards, Harlech.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Gold mines and mining | Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) | Description and travel
Prospecting | Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Richards, David, | b. 1860 | Archives
Voyages and travels
Wales | Description and travel

Personal names
Richards , David , b. 1860

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