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Brown, Leonard Joseph, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 LEOOWN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Leonard Joseph Brown Papers

Short Title: Brown, Leonard Joseph, papers

Creation date(s): 1846-1926

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.4 cubic metres (14 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Leonard Joseph Brown (1873-1951)


Administrative/Biographical history: Leonard Joseph Brown (1873-1951) was an employee in the Clerical Department of the Great Western Railway, Paddington. He retired to Merionethshire, first at Barmouth and subsequently at Ty'n-y-ceunant, Islaw'r-dref, Dolgellau. He was a keen walker who kept detailed accounts of his mountain ascents, including Cadair Idris, which he climbed five hundred and eighty-one times. His uncle, L. W. Brown (1846-1926) of Bath, worked for Messrs C. Milsom and Sons, pianoforte dealers, Bath, Somerset.


Scope and content/abstract: Personal diaries, 1892-1949, which include detailed accounts of his years in retirement at Barmouth, Merionethshire, from 1939 and subsequently at Ty'n y Ceunant, Islaw'r dref, Dolgellau; draft notebooks, 1895-1946, containing records of appointments, activities and descriptions of holiday visits, including many to Wales, detailed accounts of ascents of Cadair Idris, Merionethshire, and other British mountains, including Snowdon, Elidir Fach and Elidir Fawr in Caernarfonshire, and Pumlumon, Cardiganshire; registers of correspondence, 1939-1940, 1943-1944; a register of snapshots [which are not part of the archive], 1906-1940; a volume of statistics of his mountain ascents, holiday travels, and walks, 1892-1951, and family papers (including some relating to L. W. Brown of Bath), 1846-1926.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: diaries, draft notebooks, accounts of mountain ascents, travel and mountaineering statistics, register of correspondence, register of snapshots, wallet and paper case, and documents relating to the family of L. J. Brown.

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 at the National Library of Wales. It 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 the relatives of the late Mr L. J. Brown, per Mr. Harold R. Crabtree, Barmouth, 1952.


Related material: A photograph album belonging to Brown is in NLW, Special Collections.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley, for the ANW Project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Leonard Joseph Brown Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003.

Brown, Leonard Joseph, | 1873-1951 | Archives
Mountaineering | Wales
Mountaineers | Wales | Gwynedd | Diaries
Wales | Description and travel

Personal names
Brown , L. W. , 1846-1926
Brown , Leonard Joseph , 1873-1951

Corporate names

Barmouth (Wales)
Bath (England)
Cadair Idris (Wales)
Dolgellau (Wales)
Pumlumon Fawr (Wales)
Snowdon (Wales)

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