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Williams, D. J., ( Llanbedr), papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DJIAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: D. J. Williams (Llanbedr) Papers

Short Title: Williams, D. J., ( Llanbedr), papers

Creation date(s): 1773-1949 (accumulated [1906]-1949)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.143 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): David John Williams (1886-1950)


Administrative/Biographical history: David John Williams (1886-1950) ('Y Ddeilen Werdd', 'Hen Lanc Llan y Mynydd', 'Strabo', 'Y Telynor Bach'), teacher, from Llanbedr, Merionethshire, was a local historian and author of children's books. He researched Merionethshire placenames and Welsh agricultural terms, publishing 'Rhai o Eiriau Amaethwyr Penllyn', Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, III, and collecting papers of John Jones ('Tudur Llwyd') and John Peter, 'Ioan Pedr'. Between 1926 and 1941, he published textbooks for schools, on Merionethshire poets, Welsh sailors, and spelling, and the Welsh readers Cyfres Chwedl a Chân. He was an active member of the Merioneth Association of the National Union of Teachers, drafting lists of books suitable for translation into Welsh, and a member of Pwyllgor Llyfrau (book Council), Undeb Cymru Fydd. He founded the Welsh comic 'Hwyl', launched in 1949. He was also a County Councillor for Merionethshire.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of D. J. Williams, Llanbedr, Merionethshire, 1773-1949, comprising notebooks and other papers belonging to John Jones ('Tudur Llwyd') and John Peter, 'Ioan Pedr', 1773-1850; miscellaneous business papers, 1846-1903; notes, essays, books, and poems by D. J. Williams, 1911-1949; manuscripts of translations (by others) of books into Welsh, 1942-1945; notes and materials on the history of Llanderfel and Ardudwy, 1935-1938; manuscript and sources for Cyfres Chwedl a Chân, [1930s]; letters to D. J. Williams concerning children's stories, 1933-1949, from various authors; general correspondence of D. J. Williams, 1909-1941; papers relating to the translation into Welsh of school books and Welsh publications, 1932-1949; and radio scripts, stories, plays and lectures, by D. J. Williams and others [20th century].


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged by box.

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 by the executors of D. J. Williams per W. F. Gapper, in 1950.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some papers relating to John Jones and John Peter, collected by D. J. Williams, pre-date his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, D. J. Williams (Llanbedr) Papers, 1950; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Children's literature, Welsh language | Wales
Education, Bilingual | Wales
Welsh language | Study and teaching | Wales
Welsh literature | Textbooks
Welsh poetry | 19th century
Welsh short stories | 20th century
Williams, D. J. | (David John), | 1886-1950 | Archives

Personal names
Williams , D. J. (David John) , 1886-1950

Corporate names

Llanbedr (Gwynedd, Wales)

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