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South Wales Baptist College, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 SOUEGE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: South Wales Baptist College Records

Short Title: South Wales Baptist College, records

Creation date(s): [c. 1701]-1992 (mainly 1759-1996) (accumulated 1807-1996)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.254 cubic metres (11 boxes, 1 parcel)

Name of creator(s): South Wales Baptist College


Administrative/Biographical history: The South Wales Baptist College was founded at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire,in 1807 by the Rev. Micah Thomas who acted as president until 1835. In 1836 it moved to Pontypool, Monmouthshire. It moved again in 1893 to Cardiff, Glamorgan, where a hostel in Richmond Road, previously used for women students attending the university was acquired. The College students were able to attend Cardiff University (formerly University College of Wales Cardiff).The College continues to teach religious and theological studies in partneship with Cardiff University. The Rev. Micah Thomas was succeeded by Thomas Thomas (1805-1881) the first President of the Academy in Pontypool, from 1836 to 1876; the Rev. Dr William Edwards, president, 1880-1925, who oversaw the relocation of the college to Cardiff; the Rev. Thomas Phillips, Principal during the period 1928-1936, and the Rev. Thomas Williams Chance (1872-1954) Principal from 1936-1944.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of, and inherited by, the South Wales Baptist College, [c.1701]-1996, including minute books, 1899-1983; account books, 1839-1978; correspondence, 1965-1979; programmes of ordination, induction, memorial and other services, 1961-1996; memorial service cards, 1945-1997; orders of service at marriage ceremonies, 1963-1997; orders of valedictory services, 1991-1997; manuscript sermons, 1815-[c.1860]; church history notes, 1927-1966; albums and addresses, 1876-1918; journals, 1877-1881; photographs, 1880s-1960s; deeds and documents, 1759-1919, and miscellaneous papers, 1930-1956, relating to lands in the parish of Penrhos, Monmouthshire; diaries and notebooks of Welsh Baptists, 1818-1907; miscellaneous papers and volumes, [c.1701]-1944; miscellaneous pamphlets, 1958-1996; papers of T. W. Chance, 1876-1955, comprising addresses; sermons; notebooks; printed reports and journals; and an album containing letters from eminent Baptist figures, [c.1794]-1898.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: college records; sermons; church histories; miscellaneous volumes and addresses; photographs; T. W. Chance papers; and miscellaneous.

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. 69-73; 1987, p. 105; 1990, p. 72; 1992, p. 118; 1997, p. 91, and 1998, p. 73, at the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

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

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the South Wales Baptist College, Cardiff, 1986-1997.


Related material: Further records are Glamorgan Record Office, DBAP 20, South Wales Baptist College collection.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

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, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1997; GENUKI:Wales,, viewed 8 May 2003; Cardiff University, School of Religious and Therological Studies, website (, viewed 6 September 2004.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004

Baptist theological seminaries | Wales, South
Baptists | Wales | Clergy | Training of
Baptists | Wales | Correspondence
Baptists | Wales | Diaries
South Wales Baptist College | Archives
Theology | Study and teaching | Wales, South

Personal names
Chance , T. W.

Corporate names
South Wales Baptist College

Abergavenny (Wales)
Cardiff (Wales)
Pontypool (Wales)

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