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National Library of Wales
Williams, Mary, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MARAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Mary Williams Papers

Short Title: Williams, Mary, papers

Creation date(s): 1862-1974 (accumulated [1890]-1977)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.751 cubic metres (27 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Mary Williams (1883-1977)


Administrative/Biographical history: Mary Williams (1883-1977), from Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, was a Professor of French at the University of Durham, having previously taught at University College Swansea, University of Durham, and King's College, London. She studied German and French at University of Wales Aberystwyth, and wrote her thesis on the French sources for Wolfram von Eschenbach's poem Parzival; she had a working knowledge on many languages, including Proven├žal, Italian, Latin and Welsh. From 1961 until 1963, she was the President of the Folklore Society. In 1922, she married Dr George Arbour Stephens. She researched Arthurian topics, corresponding with Jessie Laidlay Weston. She acquired some papers relating to her father, the Rev. John Williams, her mother, Mrs Jane Williams, and her sister, Jennie Williams, later Mrs R. Ruggles-Gates, and Professor Victor Julian Taylor Spiers (d. 1937), King's College, London. She was a keen supporter and benefactor of the National Library of Wales and took part in meeetings of the Celtic Congress.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, lecture and research notes of and acquired by Mary Williams, relating to Middle French, Middle Welsh and medieval literature and Arthurian studies, 1907-1963; books collected by Mary Williams, 1897-1911; letters to Prof. Victor Spiers, 1898-1916; vouchers and receipts, 1924-1973; newspaper cuttings, 1911-1940; school books 1909-1916; papers relating to University College Swansea, 1921-1975, University of Wales Aberystwyth, 1924-1974, University of Durham, 1948-1952, and National Library of Wales, 1941-1974; correspondence, 1927-1976; and family papers, 1898-1944.


Language/scripts of material: English, French, Italian, Welsh, Chinese, German

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: research notes; school and college notebooks; University papers; NLW; societies, conferences, charities; correspondence; financial; personal and biographical; miscellaneous; and family 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 have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated and bequeathed by Mary Williams between 1968 and 1978.


Related material: The NLW holds a large collection of printed books donated by Mary Williams.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the family papers precede the birth Mary Williams.

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 Mary Williams Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Arthurian Romances | History and criticism
Folklife | Wales
French language | Early modern, 1500-1700 | Research
French literature
French | Study and teaching
Literature, Medieval | Translations
Spiers, Victor Julian Taylor, | d. 1937 | Correspondence
Welsh language | Middle Welsh, 1100-1400
Williams, Mary, | 1882-1977 | Archives

Personal names
Spiers , Victor Julian Taylor , d. 1937
Williams , Mary , 1882-1977

Corporate names

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Swansea (Wales)

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