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National Library of Wales
Williams, A. J., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 AJOHIAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: A. J. Williams Papers

Short Title: Williams, A. J., papers

Creation date(s): 1767-1951 (accumulated 1901 x 1951)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.144 cubic metres (14 boxes, 1 volume)

Name of creator(s): Arthur John Williams (1830-1911)


Administrative/Biographical history: Arthur John Williams (1830-1911), from Bridgend, Glamorgan, was Liberal M. P. for Glamorgan South, 1885-1895. He was called to the Bar in 1867. He was active in Liberal Party affairs for many years, and stood unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for Birkenhead in 1880. He was one of the founders of the National Liberal Club in 1881. He campaigned for proportional representation and the abolition of hereditary peers in the House of Lords, corresponding with prominent Liberals on these matters. Together with Lloyd George, he promoted the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales and the reform of land tenure in Wales. In 1887, he married Rose Harriette Thompson Crawshay (1848-1943), against the wishes of her father, Robert Thompson Crawshay of Cyfarthfa, who, in a codicil to his will, ensured that no child from the marriage would benefit from the Crawshay fortune. They had two sons, Leonard Eliot (1879-1962) and Leslie (b. 1880).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Arthur John Williams, 1881-1943, including political papers comprising letters, 1868-1911; papers relating to legal, electoral and land reforms, 1867-1911; papers relating to his parliamentary elections in Birkenhead and Glamorgan, 1880-1895; papers relating to South Glamorgan politics, 1886-1924; material concerning the National Liberal Club, 1883-1951; diaries, 1864-1911; diaries of Rose Harriette Thompson Crawshay 1868-1943; and family and financial papers, 1767-1943.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged by NLW into the following: papers of Arthur John Williams, 1767-1951 (A-J); and papers of Rose Harriette Thompson Williams (nee Crawshay), 1848-1950 (K-Q); each is subdivided by type and date.

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 have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased by NLW at Phillips' saleroom, London, in 1986.


Related material: Papers of his son are NLW, Eliot Crawshay-Williams Papers.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some family papers pre-date A. J. Williams' birth. The archive also includes his wife's papers and notes made by his son, post-dating his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of A. J. Williams Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2003

Church of England | Establishment and disestablishment | Wales
Election districts | Wales | South Glamorgan
Elections | Wales | South Glamorgan
Land reform | Law and legislation | Wales
Liberalism | Wales
Politicians | Wales | Archives
Politicians | Wales | Correspondence
Politicians | Wales | Diaries
Proportional representation | Great Britain
Williams, Arthur John, | 1833-1911 | Archives
Women | Wales | Diaries

Personal names
Crawshay-Williams , Eliot , b. 1879
Williams , Arthur John , 1833-1911
Williams , Rose Harriette Thompson , 1848-1943

Corporate names
Liberal Party (Great Britain)
National Liberal Club (London, England)

Birkenhead (England)
Bridgend (Wales)
South Glamorgan (Wales)

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