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Davies, Ben, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSBENDAV

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ben Davies MSS

Short Title: Davies, Ben, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [c. 1913]-[c. 1936]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 4 vols.

Name of creator(s): Ben Davies; Thomas William Llynfi Davies.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Ben Davies, Calvinistic Methodist minister, was born in Cwmllynfell and worked as a coalminer after leaving school. His poetic talent very early proved successful in local literary meetings and eisteddfodau as he mastered the art of cynghanedd at the age of thirteen and won a bardic chair at the age of twenty-one. From 1886 to 1888 Davies studied at Bala Theological College, subsequently ministering at Bwlchgwyn and Llandegla (1888-1891) and Ystalyfera (1891-1926), rapidly becoming one of the most respected preachers of his time. He continued his eisteddfodic successes, gaining the crown at Rhyl in 1892, Pontypridd in 1893 and Caernarfon in 1894, and the chair at Llandudno in 1896. In 1897 he published an anthology titled Bore Bywyd and saw many of his articles printed in contemporary periodicals. Davies spent his latter years in London, continuing to preach until the end of his life.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [c. 1913]-[c. 1936], mainly of the Reverend Ben Davies, comprising poetry submitted for eisteddfodau, lecture notes, sermons, and correspondence; together with poetry submitted to eisteddfodau by the Reverend Thomas William Llynfi Davies.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23234-23237.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Description based on Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003).

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mrs Agnes Williams, Maesteg, in 1994.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Another group of Ben Davies papers is included among the papers of T. J. Morgan (see NLW Annual Report 1986-87, p. 60).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009


INDEX ENTRIES
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Personal names
Davies , Ben , 1864-1937
Davies , Thomas William Llynfi , ?1876-1937

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