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National Library of Wales
Hague, René, collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RENGUE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: René Hague Books and Manuscripts

Short Title: Hague, René, collection

Creation date(s): 1936-[c. 1981]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 2 boxes

Name of creator(s): René Hague (1905-1981)


Administrative/Biographical history: René Hague (1905-1981) was a printer and scholar. He was born in London to Irish parents, and was educated at the Benedictine Ampleforth College, Yorkshire. While living in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, 1924-1925, he met the craftsman Eric Gill (died 1941), and David Jones (1895-1974) the artist and writer. With Gill, he founded Pigotts Press in 1930, running it until 1956. The press printed David Jones's In Parenthesis in 1937. He wrote A Commentary on The Anathemata of David Jones (Wellingford, 1977) and David Jones (Cardiff, 1975) for the Writers of Wales series, and edited Dai Greatcoat: a self-portrait of David Jones in his letters (London, 1980). Hague married Eric Gill's daughter Joan (died 1980). They moved to Cork, Ireland, in 1963, and he died there on 19 January 1981, a few weeks after his wife.


Scope and content/abstract: Books and manuscripts collected by René Hague relating to David Jones, including copies of Jones's published works, with annotations and corrections by Hague, and including loose items such as typescript texts by Jones, letters and maps, 1936-[c. 1981]; notebooks containing notes on David Jones, manuscript drafts by him, and letters to René Hague, 1949-1978; and exhibition catalogues, 1964-1979.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: published works of David Jones; notebooks; exhibition catalogues; and miscellaneous items.

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, 1987, pp. 47-49, 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:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by Christopher Skelton, The September Press, Wellingborough, Northants, on behalf of the executors of René Hague, 1986.


Related material: Further papers of René Hague at the National Library of Wales are included among the David Jones Papers and the Helen and Philip Suggett Papers; papers relating to René Hague are also held at the Tate Gallery Archive (correspondence, diary, artwork and other papers), and at Georgetown University: Special Collections, Lauinger Library (correspondence mainly with Harman Grisewood).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2003

English poetry | 20th century
English poetry | Welsh authors
Hague, René | Archives
Jones, David, | 1895-1974 | Criticism and interpretation

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Hague , René
Jones , David , 1895-1974

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