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National Library of Wales
Bowen, E. G., (Geographer), papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 EGBWEN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: E. G. Bowen (Geographer) Papers

Short Title: Bowen, E. G., (Geographer), papers

Creation date(s): 1920-1983

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.104 cubic metres (4 boxes, 1 roll)

Name of creator(s): Bowen, E. G.


Administrative/Biographical history: E. G. Bowen (Emrys George Bowen) (1900-1983) was born at Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, and graduated from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1923, with first class honours in Geography. He then studied for a Masters degree (1926). After becoming Cecil Prosser Research Fellow at the Welsh National School of Medicine, he returned to Aberystwyth as an assistant lecturer, becoming Gregynog Professor of Geography and Anthroplogy in 1946 until his retirement in 1968. On his retirement, he lectured on church history. He was deeply interested in historical geography and settlement studies. His first published book was Wales, A Study in Geography and History (1941). His writings covered geography, archaeology, history (especially proto-history of the Dark Ages), culture and society of Wales.


Scope and content/abstract: Notebooks, 1920-1923, copy of thesis entitled 'Daearyddiaeth Hanesyddol ac Economig Cymru'; drafts of published works, including Saints, seaways and settlements in the Celtic lands (1969), Dewi Sant. Nawdd Sant Cymru / Saint David. Patron Saint of Wales (1983) and 'Distribution of the Crown Livings in England and Wales . . . 1539' (?unpublished); lecture notes when he was Gregynog Professor of Geography and Anthropology at UCW, Aberystwyth, 1947-1968; papers relating to United Theological College, 1976-1983; papers relating to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1978-1983; correspondence addressed to him, 1925-1982; maps, diagrams and posters prepared by him [20th century]; and miscellaneous papers, 1924-1981.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into three groups: 1984 donation, 1986 donation, and 1991 donation.

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 1984, pp. 3-5, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed 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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his sister, Miss M. E. Bowen, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, in 1984 and 1986; and by the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, per Chris Chadwick, Hugh Owen Library, 1991.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project.The following sources were used for the preparation of the description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1984; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); Carter, Prof. H. 'Tribute to Emeritus Professor E.G. Bowen' (Memorial address, 1984).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Bowen, E. G. | (Emrys George), | 1900- | Archives
Church history
College teachers | Wales | Aberystwyth
Geographers | Wales
Historical geography
Wales | History | Research
Wales | History | To 1063
Wales | Maps
Wales | Social life and customs

Personal names
Bowen , E. G. (Emrys George) , 1900-

Corporate names
United Theological College (Aberystwyth, Wales)
University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth (Wales)

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