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Jones, Daniel, archive

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DANJON

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Daniel Jones Archive

Short Title: Jones, Daniel, archive

Creation date(s): 1903-2014

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1996 and 1999 Donations: 101 grey archival boxes of various sizes; 2014 Donation: 1 large and 1 small archival boxes.

Name of creator(s): Daniel Jenkin Jones (1912-1993)


Administrative/Biographical history: Daniel Jenkyn Jones, Welsh composer and conductor, was born in Pembroke, 7 December 1912. He grew up in a musical family; his father, Jenkyn Jones, was a composer and his mother a singer. He was educated at Swansea Grammar School, 1924-31, and at University College, Swansea, 1931-4, where he graduated with first class honours in English Literature. He gained an MA degree in 1939 for a thesis on 'Elizabethan Lyric Poetry and its Relations with Contemporary Music'. In 1935 he entered the Royal Academy of Music where he studied conducting with Sir Henry Wood, composition with Harry Farjeon and the viola and horn. The Mendelssohn Travelling Scholarship for Composition enabled him to live in Rome and Vienna and travel extensively on the continent, 1936-7. During the Second World War he served as a captain in the Intelligence Corps, 1940-6. On demobilization he returned to live in Swansea where he remained for the rest of his life, working full time as a composer. Here he was part of a circle of friends which included Dylan Thomas. In 1951 Daniel Jones won the first prize of the Royal Philharmonic Society with his 'Symphonic Prologue' and in the same year was awarded the degree of Doctor of Music (Wales). He was awarded an Honorary DLitt degree in 1970. In 1954 he won the Italia Prize for his incidental music to Under Milk Wood. He was appointed an OBE in 1968. Daniel Jones died on 23 April 1993.


Scope and content/abstract: The archive comprises music manuscripts divided into juvenalia and early works, 1923-1934, orchestral works, 1933-1992, concertos, 1943-1986, instrumental and chamber music, 1936-1993, piano music, 1933-1955, organ music, 1953-1978, choral music, 1950-1979, solo voice with accompaniment, 1934, oratorio and cantatas, 1958-1987, sacred music, 1949-1974, opera, 1961-1968, incidental music, 1936-1961, miscellaneous papers, 1934-1936, and sketches. There are also letters to Daniel Jones, 1918-1987, copies of letters written by Daniel Jones, 1931-1991, material relating to compositions, 1946-1993, lectures, articles and scripts, 1951-1990, adjudications, reports and reviews, 1967-1968, thesis, notes and bibliographies, [1930s], papers of Egyptian, Mexican and Oriental interest, correspondence and papers, 1955-1957, relating to Daniel Jones's visit to Czechoslovakia in 1955, papers concerning Daniel Jones's visit to the Soviet Union in 1960, papers concerning various guilds and committees, 1949-1992, papers concerning the Swansea Amateur Symphony Orchestra, 1931-1932, papers relating to questions of contracts and copyright, 1950-1960, personalia, divided into honours and certificates, 1929-1993, competitions and higher degrees, 1935-1954, curricula vitae and testimonials, 1939-1940, photograph album and scrapbooks, 1937-1960, miscellaneous papers, 1925-1957. There are also printed materials, 1930-1982, and press cuttings, 1945-1993, relating to Daniel Jones's life and to performances of his work. There is also a group of the papers of Jenkin Jones, comprising music manuscripts, 1917-1934, correspondence, 1903-1935, an essay, 1935, copyright material, 1916-1917, printed material, 1903-1918, and press cuttings, 1905-1918.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: Music manuscripts: juvenalia and early works; orchestral works; concertos; instrumental and chamber music; piano music; organ music; choral music; solo voice with accompaniment; oratorio and cantatas; sacred music; opera; incidental music; miscellaneous papers; sketches. Papers: letters to Daniel Jones; copies of letters from Daniel Jones; material relating to compositions; lectures, articles and scripts; adjudications, reports and reviews; thesis, notes and bibliographies; Egyptian, Mexican and Oriental interest; visit to Czechoslovakia, 1955; visit to the Soviet Union, 1960; guilds and committees; Swansea Amateur Symphony Orchestra; contracts and copyright; personalia; printed material; press cuttings. Papers of Jenkin Jones: music manuscripts; correspondence; essay; copyright material; printed material; press cuttings. 2014 Donation: correspondence; personalia; articles, notes and reviews; printed material; Jenkyn Jones.

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. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Further accessions are unlikely.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The Daniel Jones Archive was donated to the National Library of Wales by the composer's daughter, Mrs Cathrin Roberts, and son-in-law, Mr Rob Roberts, in November 1996 (see Annual Report 1996-97, p. 62). A further group was donated per Mr Giles Easterbrook in June 1999. A further group was donated by Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts, Southsea, in October 2014; and two items were purchased from Mrs Cathrin Roberts and Mr Rob Roberts, Southsea, in January 2015.


Related material: Three photographs were transferred to the then Department of Pictures and Maps (Photo album 1034).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The papers of Jenkyn Jones, Daniel Jones's father, are also described in the list.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Catalogue of the Daniel Jones Archive.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2006

Cantatas | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Chamber music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Choral music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Concertos | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Czechoslovakia | Description and travel
Drawing | Wales | 20th century
Incidental music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Instrumental music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Jones, Daniel, | 1912-1993 | Archives
Operas | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Oratorios | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Orchestral music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Organ music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Piano music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Sacred music | Wales | 20th century | Scores
Soviet Union | Description and travel
Symphony orchestras | Wales | Swansea

Personal names
Jones , Daniel , 1912-1993

Corporate names
British Broadcasting Corporation | Central Music Advisory Committee
Committee for the Promotion of New Music
Composers' Guild of Great Britain
Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music
Swansea Amateur Symphony Orchestra


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