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Mégane, Leila and Roberts, Thomas Osborne, Papers and Correspondence

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSLEILAMG

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Leila Mégane and Thomas Osborne Roberts Papers and Correspondence

Short Title: Mégane, Leila and Roberts, Thomas Osborne, Papers and Correspondence

Creation date(s): 1904-1979

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 30 volumes

Name of creator(s): Leila Mégane; Thomas Osborne Roberts; and others.

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The operatic singer Leila Mégane was born Margaret Jones in Bethesda, Caernarvonshire in 1891. She made her first solo appearance at the age of sixteen and soon afterwards received her first contract to sing in concert This was followed by successes at both local and national eisteddfodau and her renown in the next few years led to her entering the London Royal Academy of Music. At the end of her time at the Royal Academy of Music Margaret studied for a further six years in Paris under the world-famous singer Jean de Reszke and it was de Reszke who advised his talented student to adopt the name Leila Mégane. Under her new title, Leila received her first professional contract while still at Paris, which was soon to lead to worldwide renown and international tours. In 1924 Leila married composer and musician Thomas Osborne Roberts, with whom she had worked professionally for some time and would continue to do so by popularising several of her husband's song compositions. Thomas Osborne Roberts died in 1948. In 1956 a scholarship bearing Leila Mégane's name was established to aid young Welsh singers studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Leila died in 1960.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1905-1979, of or relating to the contralto Margaret Jones (afterwards Roberts ('Leila Mégane')), Pwllheli, and her husband the composer and musician Thomas Osborne Roberts.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh, French.

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

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:

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 15281, 15284-15310 were purchased from Mrs Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes, daughter of Leila Mégane and Thomas Osborne Roberts, in February 1980; NLW MSS 15282-15283 were bequeathed by Mrs Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes in August 1996.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents. A typescript copy of Leila Mégane's autobiography included in the bequest, together with eisteddfod programmes and other miscellaneous items included in the purchase are NLW ex 1763-1764. Two albums of photographs and a printer's block and plate have been transferred to the Department of Pictures and Maps.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2010.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Mégane, Leila, | 1891-1960 | Archives
Mégane, Leila, | 1891-1960 | Correspondence
Roberts, Thomas Osborne, | 1879-1948 | Archives
Roberts, Thomas Osborne, | 1879-1948 | Correspondence

Personal names
Mégane , Leila , 1891-1960
Roberts , T. Osborne (Thomas Osborne) , 1879-1948

Corporate names

Places

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