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Williams, J. L., MP, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JLWAMS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: J. L. Williams MP Papers

Short Title: Williams, J. L., MP, papers

Creation date(s): 1919-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.086 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Name of creator(s): John Lloyd Williams


Administrative/Biographical history: John Lloyd Williams, MP, was born in Pantperthog, Merionethshire, in 1888, and brought up at Pant Gesail, Merionethshire. He was educated at the National School, Machynlleth, and the Central Labour College, London, 1919-1920. He worked as a miner for twelve years. By the early 1940s, he was a journalist in Glasgow; he was a member of Glasgow Corporation and the Glasgow Welsh Society and lectured at the Scottish Labour College. He was Labour Member of Parliament for the Kelvingrove division of Glasgow, 1945-1950, narrowly defeating the Conservative candidate in the general election of 1945; he unsuccessfully contested the seat in 1951 and 1955. He subsequently returned to Wales, living in Borth, Cardiganshire. He conducted research in several historical fields, including the history of Machynlleth and Dolgellau, wrote articles and essays, some submitted for eisteddfod competitions, and broadcast on the BBC and HTV. He died in December 1982.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of J. L. Williams, MP, including correspondence, 1950-1979; student essays, 1919-1920, and lecture notes; articles, letters and notes for speeches, [1945]-[1951]; press cuttings mainly from the Cambrian News, relating to local history, 1920-1976, and from Forward, 1929-1952, including articles written by JLW; press cuttings and ephemera relating to the general elections of 1945-1955 and to various local elections at Glasgow, 1937-1951; extracts from Hansard, 1945-1949; and essays submitted for eisteddfod competitions, 1924-1960.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: lectures, articles and correspondence; press cuttings, election ephemera, extracts from Hansard; and cultural papers, mainly eisteddfod entries.

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, pp. 67-69, 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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by his widow, Mrs J. L. Williams, Bow Street, Aberystwyth, per Mrs Beti Jones, the National Library of Wales, 1983.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983; Y Tincer, January 1983. John Lloyd Williams MP is not John Lloyd Williams (1854-1945), professor of Botany and collector of Welsh folksongs.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2003

Elections | Scotland
Elections | Scotland | Glasgow
Politicians | Great Britain | Archives
Politics, Practical | Scotland | Glasgow
Williams, J. L. | (John Lloyd), | 1888-1982 | Archives

Personal names
Williams , J. L. (John Lloyd) , 1888-1982

Corporate names

Glasgow (Scotland)

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