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Thomas, R. George (Edward Thomas) Research Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 RGTHOS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: R. George Thomas (Edward Thomas) Research Papers

Short Title: Thomas, R. George (Edward Thomas) Research Papers

Creation date(s): 1897-1967

Level of description: Fonds.

Extent: 3 boxes (0.081 cubic metres)

Name of creator(s): R. George Thomas; Edward Thomas.


Administrative/Biographical history: Professor Richard George Thomas, literary critic and editor, was born in the mining village of Pontlotyn, Glamorgan, in 1914. He was educated at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, Cardiff, where he graduated in English. Following a period spent in Iceland during the Second World War, he returned to Wales in 1946 to teach medieval and eighteenth century literature, and was appointed Professor of English Language and Literature at University College Cardiff, in 1967. His main academic interest was the study of the work of the poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917). His monograph, Edward Thomas, in the Writers of Wales series, was published in 1972, followed by his edition of The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas (Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1978), Edward Thomas: a portrait (Oxford University Press, 1985), and Edward Thomas : selected letters (Oxford University Press, 1995). R. George Thomas died at Cardiff, 23 February 2001.


Scope and content/abstract: Research papers of Professor R. George Thomas, mostly comprising typescript transcripts and photocopies of letters (the originals of which are held in English, American and Canadian repositories, and in private hands) from the poet Edward Thomas (1878-1917). The letters were assembled by R. George Thomas in preparation for his edition of Edward Thomas : selected letters (Oxford University Press, 1995), and are duplicates of copies deposited in the Edward Thomas Collection at the University of Wales College, Cardiff.


Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement: Arranged into eight files as received by the donor; original order within each file.

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:


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to NLW have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Dr R. George Thomas, Llanishen, Cardiff, 1994-1995.


Existence and location of originals: The original letters are held by various repositories in England, USA and Canada, and some in private hands.

Related material: Diaries and manuscripts of Edward Thomas, and correspondence with his wife Helen, are in NLW (NLW MSS 21750, 21859, 22900-21, 23077, 23103, 23222, 23299-23300, 23695); photocopies of letters from Edward to Helen Thomas, 1896-1917, deposited at the University of Wales College of Cardiff Library are also held at NLW (NLW Facs 759); Further correspondence and papers of Edward Thomas are held in the following repositories: the Archive and Manuscript Collections of the University of Wales, Cardiff; the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library of the University of Texas at Austin; the Lincoln College Library of Oxford University; the University of British Columbia Library; the Bodleian Library's Special Collections and Western Manuscripts in Oxford University; Eton College; the Palace Green Section of Durham University Library's Archives and Special Collections; the King's School, Canterbury; Wandsworth Local History Service Library; and the British Library's Manuscript Collections.


Note: Title created from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Alwyn J. Roberts. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Edward Thomas : selected letters, ed. by R. George Thomas (Oxford University Press, 1995); obituary of R. George Thomas in The Independent, 28 Feb. 2001.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2010.

Thomas, Edward, | 1878-1917 | Correspondence

Personal names
Thomas , Edward , 1878-1917
Thomas , R. George

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