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Evans, Margiad, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSMARGIAD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Margiad Evans Manuscripts

Short Title: Evans, Margiad, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1854, [c. 1932]-1960

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 19 volumes

Name of creator(s): Peggy Eileen Arabella Whistler (Margiad Evans)


Administrative/Biographical history: Novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans (1909-1958) was born Peggy Eileen Arabella Whistler in Uxbridge, London, but moved to Bridstow near Ross-on-Wye in 1920. In 1940 she married Michael Williams and moved to Llangarron. Her first novel, Country Dance, was published in 1932, followed by three further novels, The Wooden Doctor (1933), Turf or Stone (1934) and Creed (1936). Margiad Evans also published two autobiographical works, Autobiography (1943) and A Ray of Darkness (1952), a collection of short stories entitled The Old and the Young (1948), and two volumes of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (1947) and A Candle Ahead (1956).


Scope and content/abstract: Literary and personal papers, [c. 1932]-1960, of the novelist, poet and artist Margiad Evans, comprising mainly manuscript and typescript drafts of both published and unpublished works and including a draft of her second novel The Wooden Doctor (Oxford, 1933), also manuscript and typescript drafts in preparation for her first published volume of poetry, Poems from Obscurity (London, 1947), manuscript essays, and typescript radio scripts by her or based on her work; together with journals for 1933-1934 and 1935-1939, which include mainly literary and personal notes; photos, 1938-1940, of Margiad Evans; and miscellaneous papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23357-23374, 23577C.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply. Information regarding ownership of Margiad Evans copyright can be found at (viewed August 2012).

Finding aids: The contents of NLW MSS 23357-23374, 23577C are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).


Accruals: No accruals expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 23357-23374 were donated by Mr Michael Williams (widower of Margiad Evans), Upper Hartfield, Sussex, in 1995, and NLW MS 23577 by the same in 1997.


Related material: Proofs and press cuttings included with the donation are NLW ex 1672. For a group of related papers donated in 1982 see Margiad Evans Papers, listed in the NLW typescript volume Minor Lists and Summaries 1983, pp. 12-15. A photocopy of Margiad Evans's diary for 1947 (the original not included in this collection) is NLW Facs 870. Other papers are NLW ex 2790.


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 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003); Archives Network Wales WWW site (viewed 7 April 2009).

Rules or conventions: Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2009


Personal names
Evans , Margiad , 1909-1958

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