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Roberts, W. D., manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSWDROB

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. D. Roberts Manuscripts

Short Title: Roberts, W. D., manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1738x1925]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 114 volumes

Name of creator(s): William David Roberts; John Timothy Lewis; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: William David Roberts was rector of Llanddyfnan from 1900 to 1906, vicar of Bangor from 1906 to 1913 and rector of Llanfair near Harlech from 1913 to 1926.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [1738x1925], from the library of William David Roberts comprising: papers of William David Roberts which include details of Roberts's parochial duties at Porthmadog, Llanidloes and Llanddyfnan, 1887-1904, correspondence, 1906, sermons, lecture notes and theological notes; tunebooks, hymns, prayers, poetry and notes of the Reverend John Timothy Lewis; sermons of Lewis Gilbertson, 1839-1877, ?Thomas Richard Lloyd, 1839-1883, John Rees, Tregaron, 1849, Lewis Thomas Rowland, 1859-1887, ?Rees William Price, 1868-1886 and others, prayers by Lewis Gilbertson and hymn tunes of John Rees, Tregaron; letters of Captain T. L. P. Laugharne, 1819-1838, and of W. Edward Williams ('Gwilym Rhug'), 1893; poetry of John Lewis ('Ioan Mynyw'); parochial matters relating to Llanidloes, 1888-1899; material relating to Llanddyfnan, and to Llanidloes National Schools, 1846-1900, St Mary's Church, Bangor, 1905-1906, and Llanfyrnach parish church, 1893; and material dating from the First World War (1914-1918) or soon after referring to Llanfair-juxta-Harlech and Harlech, and to St Mary's Church, Llanfair-juxta-Harlech.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 9957-10069.

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. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 184-188.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented by Mrs W. D. Roberts, widow, of Llanfair-juxta-Harlech in 1934.



Note: Title based on contents. Formerly W. D. Roberts MSS 1-114.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifan. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2008 & May 2011.

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