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National Library of Wales
Evans, Samuel, Dr, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SAVANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Dr Samuel Evans Papers

Short Title: Evans, Samuel, Dr, papers

Creation date(s): [1950]-[1973] (accumulated [1968x1973])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

Name of creator(s): Dr Samuel Evans (1858-1935); H. Guy Edwards


Administrative/Biographical history: Samuel Evans (1859-1935) was an educational pioneer, and chairman of the Crown Mine, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was born in Ruabon, Denbighshire, and attended Brookside School, Wrexham. From 1878 he worked as a journalist, and then, in 1883, became private secretary to Sir Edgar Vincent, advisor to the Egyptian Government. This ultimately resulted in him becoming the chief controller of the Egyptian Coast Guard Service, 1887, and then inspector-general of the Ottoman Bank, 1890. In 1897, he went to Johannesburg as Vincent's representative, and became a partner in Eckstein and Co., 1898, and chairman of the Crown Gold Mine, 1902. He contributed to the establishment of Witwatersrand University, and was made an honorary LL. D. of that university and the University of Wales. He wrote articles for Y Traethodydd and Llenor. In 1903 he married Katherine Manson and they had three children. He died in Johannesburg on 10 October 1935. H. Guy Edwards (fl. 1968-1969), of Sheffield, a second cousin of Samuel Evans, researched his life, accumulating copies of related material, and wrote a biography.


Scope and content/abstract: Biographical material relating to Dr Samuel Evans, including photocopies of archive material relating to him and published articles by him, [1968]-[1969]; biographical notes and correspondence on Evans, compiled by H. Guy Edwards, 1968-1969; typescript biography by Edwards, 1969; copy of E. Morgan Humphreys, Gwyr Enwog Gynt (Llandysul, 1950) with a chapter on Evans; and correspondence between Alec Wright and the University of Wales, 1973.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: None, original order has been retained.

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1983, p. 16, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: The papers came into the possession of the University of Wales through Mr Alec Wright, Middlesborough, Teesside, who inherited them from H. Guy Edwards.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the University of Wales per The Registrar, University of Wales Registry, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 1983.


Existence and location of originals: Location of originals unknown.

Related material: Related photographs are National Library of Wales, Special Collections, PE 2682-2685.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983; 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: April 2003

Educators | South Africa
Evans, Samuel, | 1859-1935 | Biography
Mine management | South Africa

Personal names
Edwards , H. Guy
Evans , Samuel , 1859-1935

Corporate names


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