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Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSGDYFNALLT

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Geraint Dyfnallt Owen MSS

Short Title: Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1897-1994

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 30 volumes

Name of creator(s): Geraint Dyfnallt Owen; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: Geraint Dyfnallt Owen (1908-1993), historian and writer, was the son of poet, writer, journalist, Congregational minister and Archdruid John Dyfnallt Owen ('Dyfnallt'). He was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the University of Oxford. During the war years he worked for the BBC in London but also served with the armed forces in Rumania. Owen travelled widely in Europe and was particularly interested in the politics and culture of Brittany; he corresponded with the Breton cultural and religious leader Abbé Jean-Marie (Yann-Vari) Perrot and met with many prominent Breton political activists. A prolific writer of historical, political and cultural significance, Owen's published works include Elizabethan Wales (Cardiff, 1962), Rwmania. Pennod mewn gwleidyddiaeth grym (Aberystwyth, 1951), Crisis in Chubut: a chapter in the history of the Welsh colony in Patagonia (Swansea, 1977) and Y blaidd hud a chwedlau eraill (Aberystwyth, 1949), the latter a series of folktales translated from the Rumanian.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1897-1994, of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen mainly comprising correspondence and travel journals reflecting Owen's involvement with Welsh and European history, politics and culture. There are also letters, 1929-1951, to and from Owen and his parents the Reverend and Mrs John Dyfnallt Owen. Letters from Breton cultural and religious leader Jean-Marie (Yann-Vari) Perrot, donated with other papers by Dr Geraint Dyfnallt Owen in 1979, have been incorporated in this group as NLW MS 23322D.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English, French, Breton.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23317-23346.

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).


Accruals: No accruals expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 23317 to 23321 and 23323 to 23346 were donated by Mr Geraint C. Dyfnallt of Shrewsbury, nephew of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen, in 1994; NLW MS 23322 was donated by Geraint Dyfnallt Owen in 1979.


Existence and location of copies: Duplicate typescripts of unpublished works included in the donation are part of NLW ex 1653.

Related material: For tour journals of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen see Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, 'Dyddiadur taith' in Heddiw, Vol. V, no. 5 (Sept. 1939), pp. 222-225, no. 6 (Oct.-Nov. 1939), pp. 270-277, no. 7 (Dec. 1939), pp. 332-337, no. 9 (Feb. 1940), pp. 434-438, no. 11 (Apr. 1940), pp. 505-510, Vol. VI, no. 2 (July 1940), pp. 48-51, no. 3 (Aug. 1940), pp. 74-76.


Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2009

Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, 1908-1993 | Correspondence
Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, 1908-1993 | Diaries

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Owens , Geraint Dyfnallt , 1908-1993

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