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Davies, A. Stanley, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSSTANLEYD

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: A. Stanley Davies Manuscripts

Short Title: Davies, A. Stanley, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1825-1938

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 25 volumes.

Name of creator(s): Howell family; A. Stanley Davies.


Administrative/Biographical history: Arthur Stanley Jehu Davies (1889-1951) of Welshpool and later of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, was for many years one of the secretaries of the Powysland Club. He was the author of several works relating to Montgomeryshire and to the social life and customs of the Celtic countries.
Abraham Howell (1810-1893) was the son of William and Elinor Howell of Bont Dolgadfan, Llanbrynmair. He started working as a solicitor in Welshpool in 1840, joining the firm of Jones & Parry; when the firm dissolved in 1848, Howell established his own practice along with his brother-in-law Edward Jones and W. Pryce Yearsley. Howell served Montgomeryshire as County Treasurer and Justice of the Peace and was four times mayor of Welshpool.


Scope and content/abstract: Manuscripts and papers, 1825-1938, of or collected by A. Stanley Davies, consisting mainly of correspondence addressed to Abraham Howell, solicitor, of Welshpool, by members of his family, including his cousin Samuel Roberts (S.R.); together with other correspondence and papers of the Howell family, and letters addressed to Arthur Stanley Davies. The majority of the material is of Montgomeryshire interest.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12558-12581, 16624C.

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.

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: NLW MSS 12558-12581 were acquired by A. Stanley Davies from his brother, Gilbert Davies, who had purchased the solicitor's office and practice in Welshpool formerly in the possession of Abraham Howell.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from A. Stanley Davies, Welshpool, in 1938 (NLW MSS 12558-12581); donated by A. Stanley Davies, Iver Heath, August 1946 (NLW MS 16624C).


Related material: See also Llandrindod Wells, Powys Record Office, Papers of Messrs Gilbert Davies and Roberts, solicitors, Welshpool, and Llandrindod Wells, Powys Record Office: Montgomeryshire records collected by Newtown Library and Powys Archives Office: Newtown and Welshpool Libraries Archives.

Publication note: For Abraham Howell see David Peate, 'Montgomeryshire People, No. 8: Abraham Howell' in Journal of the Montgomeryshire Genealogical Society, No. 15 (1999), pp. 30-32; and 'Short Lives: Abraham Howell' in Sayce Papers, Vol. 3 (1997), pp. 73-75.


Note: Title based on contents. Formerly known as A. Stanley Davies 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); Archifau Cymru = Archives Wales WWW site, viewed 9 Feb. 2010; Powys Libraries and Archives WWW site, viewed 9 Feb. 2010.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February and April 2010.

Davies, A. Stanley | (Arthur Stanley), | 1889-1951 | Archives
Howell, Abraham | 1810-1893 | Archives
Howell, Abraham | 1810-1893 | Correspondence
Howell, Abraham | 1810-1893 | Family | Archives
Howell, Abraham | 1810-1893 | Family | Correspondence
Roberts, Samuel, | 1800-1885 | Correspondence
Solicitors | Wales | Welshpool
Solicitors | Wales | Welshpool | Archives
Solicitors | Wales | Welshpool | Correspondence

Personal names
Davies , A. Stanley (Arthur Stanley) , 1889-1951
Howell , Abraham , 1810-1893
Roberts , Samuel , 1800-1885

Corporate names

Montgomeryshire (Wales)
Welshpool (Wales)

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