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Jones, Gareth Vaughan, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 GARNES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Gareth Vaughan Jones Papers

Short Title: Jones, Gareth Vaughan, papers

Creation date(s): 1890-2004

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.329 cubic metres (20 boxes) of papers; together with 487 photographs, 63 postcards, 188 negatives and 11 lantern slide

Name of creator(s): Gareth Richard Vaughan Jones; Dr Edgar William Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Gareth Vaughan Jones (1905-1935), journalist, was born in Barry, Glamorgan, on 13 August 1905, the son of Major Edgar and Gwen Jones. He was educated at Barry County School, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Trinity College, Cambridge, gaining first class honours in Modern Languages. He then became private secretary and researcher to David Lloyd George, 1930-1931 and 1932-1933 and also spent a year in New York, 1931-1932, as a foreign advisor to Ivy Lee and Associates. In 1933 he joined the editorial staff of the Western Mail, and visited Russia, writing a series of articles exposing conditions in the Ukraine (the Holodomor). He embarked on a round-the-world-tour in 1934 but was murdered by bandits in China on 12 August 1935. In Search of News: a selection of articles from the Western Mail (2nd edition, Cardiff, 1938) was published posthumously. Gareth Vaughan Jones's father, Dr Edgar William Jones (1868-1953), was the headmaster of Barry County School, 1899-1933. He subsequently became Adviser on Welsh Matters to the BBC, and made broadcasts on BBC radio. He was given the Freedom of the Borough of Barry in 1950.


Scope and content/abstract: The group donated in 1987-92 comprises letters from Gareth Vaughan Jones to his family, 1922-1935, many while on foreign travels; letters to him, 1919-1934; a curriculum vitae and references, 1925-1934; research notes, [c. 1930]-1932; typescripts, drafts and notes for articles and lectures, [1925]-[1935]; typescripts of press articles written by GVJ during his world tour, 1934-1935; newspaper cuttings of Western Mail articles by GVJ, [1933]-[1935]; papers concerning GVJ's death, [1935]; printed books, 1926-1927, and papers of his father Dr Edgar Jones, including letters, 1890-1952; letters concerning the death of GVJ, 1935; press cuttings and papers relating to his time as head of Barry County School, 1906-1935; typescripts of broadcasts and talks, 1939-1945; and papers relating to his death, 1953. The papers donated in 2007 and 2010 comprises family papers, 1894-2007, including a few papers relating to Gareth Jones's parents Major Edgar Jones and Mrs Annie Gwen Jones; papers of Gareth Vaughan Jones, 1916-2002, including diaries, notebooks, press cuttings of his articles, letters, mainly from him to his parents and other members of his family, and papers relating to his capture and subsequent murder in August 1935; and the papers of Dr Siriol Colley, 1922-2004, mainly deriving from her research into her uncle's life, work and death, including transcripts and photocopies of relevant source materials. Another group includes photographs, postcards, negatives and lantern slides, [c. 1900 - c. 1990].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: The 1987-92 group was arranged into the following: correspondence; research notes, lectures, articles etc.; press cuttings of articles; papers concerning GVJ's death; miscellanea; Dr Edgar Jones papers; Mrs Edgar Jones papers; Miss Gwyneth Vaughan Jones papers (1st group); typescript articles; miscellanea; printed books (2nd group). The 2007 and 2010 donations were arranged as follows: family papers; papers relating to Gareth Vaughan Jones; and the research papers of Dr Siriol Colley. Another group includes photographs, postcards, negatives and lantern slides.

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 list of the 1987-92 donation is available in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, pp. 59-63, and Minor Lists and Summaries 1992, pp. 68-69. 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 possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The first group was donated by Gareth Jones's sister Miss G. V. Vaughan Jones, Barry, 1987, Dr Prys T. J. Morgan, Swansea, 1991, and purchased from Dylans Bookstore, Swansea, 1992. The September 2007 and the April 2010 groups were deposited by Dr Margaret Siriol Colley, Nottingham, niece to Gareth Vaughan Jones.


Publication note: Colley,Margaret Siriol, A Manchukuo Incident (Newark, 2001); idem., More than a Grain of Truth: the biography of Gareth Richard Vaughan Jones (Newark, 2005); Jones, J. Graham, 'Gareth Vaughan Jones', National Library of Wales Journal XXVI, (1990); Jones, J. Graham, 'Gareth Vaughan Jones: a further note', National Library of Wales Journal XXVII, (1992).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones and J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1987, 1992; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Jones, J. Graham, 'Gareth Vaughan Jones', National Library of Wales Journal, XXVI (1990). An impressive website of relevant materials is also available at .

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003, September 2010 and March 2012.

Jones, Edgar William, | 1868-1953 | Archives
Jones, Gareth, | 1905-1935 | Archives
Journalists | Wales | Archives
Linguists | Wales | 20th century
Travel | 20th century
Travelers | Wales | 20th century
Travelers | Wales | Archives
Voyages and travels | Newspapers

Personal names
Jones , Edgar William , 1868-1953
Jones , Gareth , 1905-1935
Lloyd George , David , 1863-1945

Corporate names
Barry County School (Wales)
Trinity College (University of Cambridge)
University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales)
University of Cambridge
Western Mail & Echo Ltd

Barry (Wales)

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