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National Library of Wales
Jones, Ben G., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BENJONES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ben G. Jones Papers

Short Title: Jones, Ben G., papers

Creation date(s): 1889-1989 (accumulated [c. 1930]-1987)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.362 cubic metres (38 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Ben G. Jones


Administrative/Biographical history: Ben G. Jones (1914-1989) was a solicitor and a Liberal politician. He unsuccessfully contested Merionethshire for the Liberals in 1959 and served as Chairman of the Council on the Welsh Language between 1973 and 1978. From 1982 to 1989, he was President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He also served on the Crowther (later the Kilbrandon) Commission on the Constitution, on the BBC General Advisory Council of Great Britain, on the Agricultural Land Tribunal and he was a Vice-President of University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He received the CBE in 1979.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1889-1988, of Ben G. Jones, including academic notes, 1932-1935; personal letters, 1942-1968; political papers, 1935-1985; correspondence relating to politics in Merionethshire, 1963-1967; press cuttings, 1958-1963, printed material relating to the four main political parties in Wales, 1949-1966; papers relating to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1939-1988; minute book, 1889-1909, of the London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union; papers deriving from the compilation and publication of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1953-1986; papers relating to his public life, 1968-1984, including the Kilbrandon Commission, 1936-1969, the BBC, 1968-1978, UCW Aberystwyth, 1968-1985, and the Agricultural Land Tribunal, 1980-1984; minute book, 1889-1909, of the London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union; and papers relating to the status of the Welsh language and to teaching and broadcasting through the medium of Welsh, 1965-1987.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: personalia; political papers; The Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion; public life; the Welsh language; Council for the Welsh Language; London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union/Undeb Cymdeithasau Diwylliadol Cymreig Llundain; printed material: political; printed material: miscellaneous; and miscellanea.

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 schedule, in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1991, pp.37-41, 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: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Mrs Menna Wynn-Jones, Surrey, widow of Ben G. Jones, 1990.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Items acquired by Ben G. Jones pre-date him.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Stauch for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1991.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

British Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcasting | Wales
Education | Wales
Elections | Wales | Merioneth
Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (London, England) | Archives
Jones, Ben G., | 1914-1989 | Archives
Merioneth (Wales) | Politics and government
Wales | Politics and government
Welsh language
Welsh language | Usage

Personal names
Jones , Ben G. , 1914-1989

Corporate names
Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (London, England)
Liberal Party (Great Britain)
London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union
University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales)


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