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Roberts, Silyn, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SIROBERTS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Silyn Roberts Papers

Short Title: Roberts, Silyn, papers

Creation date(s): 1888-1965

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.029 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Silyn Roberts


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Silyn Roberts (1871-1930) from Bryn Llidiart, Llanllyfni, Cardiganshire, was a poet, a worker for social reform and a pacifist. He worked as a slate quarryman before receiving his education at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. Between 1905 and 1912 he was a Calvinistic Methodist minister in Tanygrisiau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire after officiating in Lewisham, from 1901 until 1905. In 1902, he won the Crown in the National Eisteddfod of Wales. His 'Telynegion' which he published in 1900 with W.J. Gruffydd, opened a new chapter in the history of Welsh literature. He published a pamphlet on the Independent Labour Party in 1908 and was elected a Labour member on the Merioneth County Council. In 1912 Silyn Roberts was appointed the first secretary of the Welsh Appointments Borad of the University of Wales. From 1914 he was active in seeking commissions for Welshmen in the armed services, and from 1918 until 1922 he served as commissioner for Wales to organize training for disabled ex-servicemen. In 1922 he was appointed tutor of extra-mural classes under the auspices of the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and in 1925 he was primarily responsible for the setting up of the North Wales district of the WEA. He travelled widely in Europe and North America and published regular columns in several Welsh newspapers. He was married to Mary Silyn Roberts (nee Parry), and they had three children. He died on 15 August 1930.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers and correspondence of Robert Silyn Roberts and his wife Mary Silyn Roberts, 1888-1965, including correspondence 1904-1965, including papers relating to the establishment and early development of Coleg Harlech, 1926-1928.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged by record type.

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 can be accessed online.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at the NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his wife, M. Silyn Roberts, in 1965.



Note: Title supplied from name of depositor.

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 Silyn Roberts Papers; 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

Adult education | Wales
Coleg Harlech | Records and correspondence
Continuing education | Wales
Roberts, R. Silyn | (Robert Silyn), | 1871-1930 | Archives
Workers’ Educational Association | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Roberts , Mary Silyn , 1877-1972
Roberts , R. Silyn (Robert Silyn) , 1871-1930

Corporate names
Coleg Harlech
Workers' Educational Association


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