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Protheroe, Daniel, and Rhys Morgan, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DANGAN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Daniel Protheroe and Rhys Morgan Papers

Short Title: Protheroe, Daniel, and Rhys Morgan, papers

Creation date(s): 1893-1954

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.09 cubic metres (5 boxes, 2 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Daniel Protheroe, Rhys Morgan


Administrative/Biographical history: Daniel Protheroe (1866-1934), composer and conductor, was born in November 1866 in Ystradgynlais, Breconshire, the son of Daniel and Eleanor Protheroe. He emigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1885. He graduated in music in 1890, and was later awarded a doctorate. He conducted various choral societies at the Scranton Cymmrodorion Choral Society, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Illinois, where he lived until his death, teaching at the Sherwood Music School, and was Musical Director of the Central Church, Chicago. He visited Wales frequently to adjudicate and conduct. He composed anthems and hymn-tunes which continue to be popular with congregations and male voice choirs. He was the author of Arwain Corau (1914) and Nodau damweiniol a d'rawyd o dro i dro (1924). Rhys Morgan ('The Welsh Tenor', 1892-1961), singer and conductor, was born at Ynysmeudwy, Glamorgan, the son of John and Mary Thomas Morgan, and grew up at nearby Gelli-nudd. He emigrated to the USA in 1913, with his wife, Mary Ellen Gabe, and their three month old son, settling in Chicago, where he became a pupil of Daniel Protheroe. He later moved to New York, winning acclaim as an operatic singer, and was known as the 'Welsh Caruso'. He toured the USA and Canada with a varied repertoire including Welsh folk songs. He made several recordings, conducted at singing festivals in the USA, and composed works for his own choirs, as well as arranging Welsh folk songs.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Daniel Protheroe including drafts of manuscript music, 1917-1954; manuscript music books containing drafts of compositions and arrangements for male voices, ; printed personal Christmas cards containing personal composed carols 1913-1932; correspondence, 1911-1935, dealing with copyright, publishing and royalty agreements; royalty certificates, 1893-1898; and programmes of concerts and religious services; and papers of Rhys Morgan including drafts of manuscript, duplicate and printed copies of music; correspondence, 1924-1928; memorabilia relating to his career and family photographs.


Language/scripts of material: welsh, english

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following : Daniel Protheroe papers; Rhys Morgan papers

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.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Mr Theodore Buonocere, New York, in August 1982 and January 1995.



Note: Title compiled from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the the ANW project. The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Schedules of Daniel Protheroe and Rhys Morgan Papers; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); 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

Christmas cards
Composers | Wales | Archives
Composition (Music)
Copyright | Royalties
Morgan, Rhys, | 1892-1961 | Archives
Music | Manuscripts
Protheroe, Daniel, | 1866-1934 | Archives
Singers | Wales

Personal names
Morgan , Rhys , 1892-1961
Protheroe , Daniel , 1866-1934

Corporate names
New York Welsh Choral Society

Chicago (Ill.)
Scranton (Pa.)
Ystradgynlais (Wales)

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