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National Library of Wales
Jenkins, Dafydd, Prof., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DAFINS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Prof. Dafydd Jenkins Papers

Short Title: Jenkins, Dafydd, Prof., papers

Creation date(s): 1935-1997

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.189 cubic metres (21 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Dafydd Arwyn Jenkins (1911-)


Administrative/Biographical history: Emeritus Professor Dafydd Jenkins (born 1911) is a critic and legal historian. He was born in London to Cardiganshire parents, attended Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and was called to the Bar in 1934. He worked as a barrister in Carmarthen and in 1938 was secretary of the campaign to have the Welsh language recognised in Court. He was secretary of the Welsh Economic Development Association, 1946-1948, and the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society, 1955-1960, and Chairman of The Milk and Dairies Tribunal for Wales, [1976]-[1979]. He belonged to various other organisations including the Welsh Language Advisory Translation Panel, [1967]-[1975], the Sociological Group of the Church in Wales, Plaid Cymru and Undeb Cymru Fydd. He conducted evening classes on agricultural topics for the Extra-Mural Department of the University of Wales College, Aberystwyth, [1944]-[1957], and from 1965 lectured in the Law Department at Aberystwyth. He held the chair in Legal History and Welsh Law, 1975-1978, until his retirement. Professor Jenkins published several important works on the Laws of Hywel Dda, including Cyfraith Hywel (Llandysul, 1970), Celtic Law Papers (Brussels, 1973), The Law of Hywel Dda: law texts from Medieval Wales (Llandysul, 1986), and editions of Llyfr Colan (Cardiff, 1963) and Damweiniau Colan (Aberystwyth, 1973). His other publications include the travel books, Ar Wib yn Nenmarc (Aberystwyth, 1951) and Ar Wib yn Sweden (Aberystwyth, 1959), Tân yn Llyn (Aberystwyth, 1937), Y nofel: datblygiad y nofel Gymraeg ar ôl Daniel Owen (Cardiff, 1948), Law for Co-operatives (Oxford, 1958) and an edition of Gwilym Hiraethog's Helyntion Bywyd Hen Deiliwr (Aberystwyth, 1940). He co-edited Heddiw with Aneirin Talfan Davies.


Scope and content/abstract: Research and personal papers of Dafydd Jenkins, comprising correspondence, drafts and other papers relating to his articles and books, [1937]-1997; correspondence, 1935-1989, on subjects including legal and academic matters, 1972-1991, evening classes given by DJ on agricultural subjects, 1944-1957, the New Welsh Language Act Campaign, 1983-1987, broadcasting, 1950-1963, and publishing, 1942-1989; papers concerning the Welsh language, 1972-1992; papers, 1938-1939, relating to the Welsh Language Petition, including circulars and newsletters; papers relating to British Legal History Conferences, 1971-1995, and International Congresses of Celtic Studies, 1967-1975; correspondence, minutes and other papers relating to organisations including Plaid Cymru, the National Eisteddfod, Undeb Cymru Fydd, the Sociological Group of the Church in Wales and the Milk and Dairies Tribunal for Wales, 1947-1979; ecumenical papers relating to Siloh Calvinist Methodist Chapel, Aberystwyth, 1958-1970; miscellaneous papers relating to various associations, societies, and organizations, 1969-1996; printed material relating to Plaid Cymru and Denmark, 1938-1970.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged by date of donation.

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: Hard copies of the catalogues are available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, pp. 53-54, 1992, p. 67, 1996, p. 33, 1997, p. 54, 1998, pp. 33-37, 1999, p. 52, 2000, p. 45, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Emeritus Professor Dafydd Jenkins, Aberystwyth, 1987-1999.


Related material: Photographs are in National Library of Wales, Special Collections 199700296-199700297. Further papers are NLW Minor Deposits 1455-1458, 1476.


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: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, 1992, 1996-2000; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); NLW, W. W. Price Biographical index (unpublished).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Agricultural education | Wales
Jenkins, Dafydd | Archives
Law | History | Study and teaching | Wales | Aberystwyth
Societies | Wales
Welsh language
Welsh language | Usage

Personal names
Jenkins , Dafydd

Corporate names
British Legal History Conference
Celtic Congress
Church in Wales | Sociological Group
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
Milk and Dairies Tribunal for Wales
Plaid Cymru
Seilo Church (Aberystwyth, Wales)
Undeb Cymru Fydd

Aberystwyth (Wales)

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