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National Library of Wales
Lewis, John Herbert, Sir, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 HERBLEW

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Sir John Herbert Lewis Papers

Short Title: Lewis, John Herbert, Sir, papers

Creation date(s): 1442-1933

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.058 cubic metres (55 boxes and 10 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Sir John Herbert Lewis (1858-1933)


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir John Herbert Lewis (1858-1933) served as the Liberal MP for the Flint Boroughs, 1892-1906, Flintshire, 1906-18, and the University of Wales, 1918-22. Together with his close political associates, Tom Ellis and David Lloyd George, Lewis took advantage of every opportunity of bringing Welsh issues to the attention of Parliament. He played an important role in the campaigns to secure government grants for the setting up and maintenance of a national museum and library for Wales, and helped to ensure that the new national library was one of the beneficiaries of the 1911 Copyright Act. He was chosen Liberal Whip in 1905, became Parliamentary Secretary to the Local Government Board in 1909, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education in 1915. He remained keenly interested in educational matters throughout his life, taking a particular interest in the development of the University of Wales and in the securing of grants for ex-service men. His public life was brought to an abrupt end by an accident at Aberystwyth in 1925, although he survived, a bed-ridden invalid at Plas Penucha, Caerwys, until 1933.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises correspondence, including general correspondence to Sir J. Herbert Lewis, 1886-1933, drafts and copies of correspondence from Sir J. Herbert Lewis, 1887-1933, letters from Sir J. Herbert Lewis to Adelaide, his first wife, 1891-1893, letters from Sir J. Herbert Lewis to Ruth, his second wife, 1902-1933, letters from Sir J. Herbert Lewis to his daughter Kitty, 1915-1925, letters from Lady Lewis to Sir J. Herbert Lewis, 1899-1930, letters to Lady Lewis, 1901-1939, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1890-1920; diaries, 1872-1933; Liberal Party in Wales, 1889-1896; subject files (including correspondence), 1865-1933; press cuttings, 1879-1933; deeds and documents, 1442-1864; miscellaneous papers, 1750-1949; and photographs, [c. 1890]-1929.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: correspondence, diaries, Liberal Party in Wales, subject files (including correspondence), press cuttings, deeds and documents, miscellaneous papers, and photographs.

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 can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Further papers are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The papers listed here were deposited at the library between 1936 and 1990, some by Lady Lewis, some by her daughter Mrs Kitty Idwal Jones, and the final group by the latter's three children, Mrs Nest Price, Mr David Idwal Jones and Mrs Olwen Foreman, in January 1990 (C1990/7).


Related material: In addition to the papers listed here a small group of the papers of Sir John Herbert Lewis's daughter, Mrs Kitty Idwal Jones, was deposited at the library in January 1990. A separate list of the Kitty Idwal Jones Papers has been prepared. Mrs Kitty Idwal Jones loaned to Dr Leslie Wynne Evans a substantial group of papers, 1916-23, relating primarily to her father's work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, and further correspondence, 1907-11, from O. M. Edwards discussing his work as the first Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales. These were evidently never returned to Mrs Jones, and were among the papers of Leslie Wynne Evans donated to the library in November 1985 by Mrs Megan Wynne Evans following her husband's death. They now constitute files 7 and 8 in the Leslie Wynne Evans Papers (see Minor Lists and Summaries 1986, pp 18-25). There are further papers relating to Sir John Herbert Lewis in the custody of the Flintshire Record Office at Hawarden.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Early deeds and documents and miscellaneous papers were passed down within the family and inherited by Sir John Herbert Lewis. A few papers concerning the administration of his estate post-date his death in 1933.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of the Sir John Herbert Lewis Papers.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2006

Ellis, Thomas Edward, | 1859-1899 | Correspondence
Lewis, J. Herbert | (John Herbert), | 1858-1933 | Archives
Lloyd George, David, | 1863-1945
Politicians | Wales | Archives

Personal names
Ellis , Thomas Edward , 1859-1899
Lewis , J. Herbert (John Herbert) , 1858-1933
Lloyd George , David , 1863-1945

Corporate names
Liberal Party (Great Britain)


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