ANW logo

Archives Network Wales

Search the collections:        Search help | Advanced search   | Browse by repository

Browse the indices: Combined(searchable) Personal names Corporate names Places Subjects



[New to Archives?]

[Family history]

[Admin menu]

List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details

National Library of Wales
Williams, Morris T., manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSMORRTWIL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Morris T. Williams Manuscripts

Short Title: Williams, Morris T., manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1788x1937]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 24 volumes

Name of creator(s): Gwasg Gee; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas Gee (1815-1898) joined his father's printing and publishing business in Denbigh in 1838, continuing the business alone following his father's death in 1845. In the same year Thomas Gee began publishing the quarterly periodical Y Traethodydd and, from 1854 to 1878, he undertook the mammoth task of printing and publishing the ten-volume Y Gwyddoniadur. The weekly Baner Cymru first saw the light of day in 1857; the paper merged with Yr Amserau in 1859 and it was this publication of all Gee's output which proved most influential in the social, political and religious life of Wales. Gwasg Gee was continued by Thomas Gee's son John Howel Gee and the business remained in the family until 1914. Morris T. Williams (1900-1946) married the novelist Kate Roberts in 1928. The couple bought Gwasg Gee, continuing its production of periodicals such as the influential Baner ac Amserau Cymru. Following Williams's death, Kate Roberts continued the business alone for a further ten years.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [1788x1937], largely comprising records, accounts and correspondence of or relating to the Gee printing and publishing press, Denbigh. Also included in the collection are a volume of holograph sermons, c. 1790, by the Reverend John Davies of Nantglyn, Denbighshire and a nineteenth-century volume of hymn-tunes, psalms, etc.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12138-12161.

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: The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).


Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mr Morris T. Williams, Denbigh in 1939.


Related material: See also NLW Gee Printing Company Records and NLW Kate Roberts Papers, both of which can be accessed on the Archives Network Wales on-line site.


Note: Title based on contents. Formerly known as Morris T. Williams 1-24.

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 IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig on-line site, viewed 18 December 2009.

Rules or conventions: Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2; and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2009

Gwasg Gee (Cyhoeddwyr) | Accounting
Gwasg Gee (Cyhoeddwyr) | Archives
Gwasg Gee (Cyhoeddwyr) | Records and correspondence
Printers | Wales | Denbigh
Printing industry | Wales | Denbigh
Publishers and publishing | Wales | Denbigh

Personal names
Williams , Morris T. , 1900-1946

Corporate names
Gwasg Gee (Cyhoeddwyr)


List of repositories  |  List of collections at National Library of Wales  |  Repository home page  |  Contact details