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National Library of Wales
Jones, Selwyn, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SELNES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Selwyn Jones Papers

Short Title: Jones, Selwyn, papers

Creation date(s): 1774-1983

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.372 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Selwyn Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Selwyn Jones (1906-1981) was a journalist, musician and socialist.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers include correspondence on musical topics, 1929-1981; biographical material on various Welsh musicians; facsimiles of letters, 1953-1978, from Cyril Jenkins to Selwyn Jones; papers reflecting Selwyn Jones's journalism activities, 1934-1980; the Welsh National Theatre, Llangollen, 1933-1940; Plaid Cymru, 1933-1960, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, 1959-1978, Undeb Cymru Fydd, 1942-1966, Urdd Siarad Cymraeg, 1966-1968; the Parliament for Wales Campaign, 1954-1955; the Workers' Educational Association, 1927-1968, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru, 1946-1959; Maes-yr-Haf Educational Settlement, Trealaw, Rhondda, 1930-1948; the Welsh Books Council, 1965-1979; Cymdeithas Lyfrau Aberdare, 1957-1975; the National Eisteddfod, 1928-1980; Llangollen International Eisteddfod, 1946-1979; London Welsh Association, 1938-1959, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion and Cymdeithas Cymmrodorion Aberdare, 1966-1972; Trerhondda Young People's Guild, 1919-1926; Cynon Valley Historical Society, 1972-1980 and translations of Chinese children's books into Welsh, with English versions; biographical materials of Welsh musicians; translated scripts, 1934-1936; University of Wales Council of Music, 1939-1946; Workers' Music Association, 1944-1973; Welsh Federation of Music and Arts Clubs, 1945-1951; Welsh National Opera, 1951-1960; Cymdeithas Cerddorion Cymraeg, 1976-1979; newspaper cuttings of 1940s-1960s; personal memorabilia, miscellaneous papers and general correspondence, 1889-1983, including those of his father; photocopies of letters at the Welsh Music Information Centre, 1934-1973, other corrrespondence, draft press articles, financial papers, 1935-1960, and miscellaneous papers, c. 1860s-1974.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: music; journalism and literary work; the theatre; research papers and notes; politics; Welsh education and cultural movements; personal and family papers; miscellaneous papers; and correspondence, financial papers, draft articles, misc.

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' (nos 1-90) and in Minor Lists and Summaries 1985' (nos 91-99) at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

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: Purchased from David Harbourne, Cardiff in March 1984 and from his son, Gareth J. Jones per Mr. Arthur Jones, Galon Uchaf, Merthyr Tudful, in May 1984 (nos 1-90); deposited by the Welsh Music Information Centre per the Director, Mr. A. J. Heward Rees, in March 1985 and the remaining papers (nos 91-99) were donated by the same in May 1985.


Existence and location of originals: Some original letters are still at the Welsh Music Information Centre, Cardiff.

Related material: See also NLW MSS 22025-8, 22035C (Selwyn Jones Manuscripts)


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some records pre-date and post-date the lifetime of Selwyn Jones.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following source was used for the preparation of the description: NLW Minor Lists and Summaries (1984 and 1985).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Cymdeithas Cerddorion Cymraeg | Records and correspondence
Cymdeithas Lyfrau Aberdâr
Cynon Valley History Society (Cynon Valley, Wales) | Archives
Eisteddfodau | Wales | Llangollen
Jones, Selwyn, | 1906-1981 | Archives
Llangollen International Festival | Records and correspondence
London Welsh Association | Records and correspondence
Maes-yr-haf Educational Settlement | Records and correspondence
Music | Societies, etc.
Plaid Cymru | Archives
Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales | Archives
Societies | Wales
Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru | Archives
Undeb Cymru Fydd | Archives
University of Wales Council of Music | Records and correspondence
Urdd Gobaith Cymru | Archives
Urdd Siarad Cymraeg | Records and correspondence
Welsh Books Council | Records and correspondence
Welsh Federation of Music and Arts Clubs | Records and correspondence
Welsh Music Information Centre | Records and correspondence
Welsh National Opera | Archives
Welsh National Theatre (Llangollen, Wales) | Archives
Workers' Music Association (London, England) | Records and correspondence
Young People’s Guild | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Jones , Selwyn , 1906-1981

Corporate names
Cymdeithas Cymrodorion Aberdâr
Cymdeithas Lyfrau Aberdâr
Cymdeithas yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol
Cynon Valley History Society (Cynon Valley, Wales)
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
London Welsh Association
Maes-yr-haf Educational Settlement
Plaid Cymru
Trerhondda Young People's Guild
Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru
Undeb Cymru Fydd
University of Wales | Council of Music
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Urdd Siarad Cymraeg
Welsh Books Council
Welsh Federation of Music and Arts Clubs
Welsh Music Information Centre
Welsh National Opera
Welsh National Theatre (Llangollen, Wales)
Workers' Music Association (London, England)

Aberdare (Wales)
Hirwaun (Wales)

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