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Evans, Leslie Wynne, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LESANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Leslie Wynne Evans Papers

Short Title: Evans, Leslie Wynne, papers

Creation date(s): [1846x1985] (accumulated [1930x1985])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.258 cubic metres (9 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Leslie Wynne Evans


Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Leslie Wynne Evans (1911-1985) was Reader in the Department of Education, University College, Cardiff, Glamorgan. He researched into industry in South Wales, focusing on metalworking industries in Carmarthenshire, and the history of education in Wales. His PhD, completed in 1953, was concerned with the Works Schools of the industrial revolution in Wales. His research included the work of Sir John Herbert Lewis (1858-1933), Liberal MP, and Sir Alfred T. Davies, (1861-1949), the first Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Department of the Board of Education. Dr Evans contributed to the second volume of A History of Carmarthenshire, edited by J. E. Lloyd, in 1939. He also published Education in Industrial Wales: 1700-1900 (1971), and Studies in Welsh education, 1880-1925 (1974). He became a member of the National Geographic Society in 1955. He was married to Megan Wynne Evans; he died in 1985.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Leslie Wynne Evans, [1846x1985], including correspondence, 1931-1974, many of which relating to his research work; research papers and source materials, [1846x1985], including papers of Sir John Herbert Lewis, 1916-1923 and Sir Alfred T. Davies [1904x1949], correspondence of O. M. Edwards, 1907-1911, and xerox copies of Board of Education records, 1880-[c. 1920]; drafts and fragments of articles, chapters etc, [1930x1985]; miscellaneous papers including papers relating to University College, Cardiff, 1962-1977, notes, articles, maps and photographs, [1937]-[1977].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following groups: early personalia; research papers, source materials; Sir Alfred T. Davies; Central Welsh Board; Public Record Office, Board of Education records; research papers, correspondence; research papers, notes; drafts of articles, chapters, etc.; Education in Industrial Wales; Studies in Welsh education; and miscellanea.

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, 1986, pp. 18-25, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The archive includes material loaned by Mrs Kitty Idwal Jones to Dr Leslie Wynne Evans, 1916-1923, relating primarily to her father, Sir John Herbert Lewis, and his work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, and further correspondence, 1907-1911, from O. M. Edwards, discussing his work as the first Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales. These were evidently not returned to Mrs Jones, and were among the papers of Leslie Wynne Evans donated to the NLW in November 1985 by Mrs Megan Wynne Evans, following her husband's death.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by his widow, Mrs Megan Wynne Evans, Cardiff, 1986.


Related material: Further papers relating to Sir John Herbert Lewis and his family are NLW, Sir John Herbert Lewis and Kitty Idwal Jones Papers, and Flintshire Record Office, Sir J. Herbert Lewis MSS.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records acquired by Dr Leslie Wynne Evans pre-date his birth.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1986; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Education | Wales | History | Research
Evans, Leslie Wynne | Archives

Personal names
Davies , Alfred T.
Edwards , Owen Morgan , 1858-1920 , Sir
Evans , Leslie Wynne

Corporate names
Great Britain | Board of Education
University of Wales, Cardiff


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