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Richards, J. D., manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSJDRICH

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: J. D. Richards Manuscripts

Short Title: Richards, J. D., manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1897x1927]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 11 volumes

Name of creator(s): John Dyer Richards; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: John Dyer Richards, Congregational minister and eisteddfodwr, was born near Saron, Carmarthenshire to a cultured and devoutly Independent family. His father died when he was thirteen years old and Richards went to work in one of the local coal mines. He began preaching at Gellimanwydd chapel, Ammanford in May 1896 and around this time began also writing poetry and prose, his early poetical writings appearing in the periodical Tarian y Gweithiwr. A little later he attended Gwynfryn School in Ammanford, during which time he contributed essays and articles to the Independent periodical Y Diwygiwr. In 1899 Richards enrolled as a student at Brecon Theological College and, in August 1903, was ordained minister at Trawsfynydd. His period at Trawsfynydd was probably the highlight of Richards's career as a poet and eisteddfodwr and it was here that he met the poet Ellis Humphrey Evans ('Hedd Wyn'), who became a close friend. He thereafter served as minister at Bedlinog from 1917 to 1922 and at Maen-y-groes and Nanternis from 1922 until his death in 1927. Richards was a typical product of the literary chapel-going community in which he grew up. He won several eisteddfodic chairs, including Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1909, Corwen and London in 1913 and Ammanford in 1922.


Scope and content/abstract: Presented by Mrs Griffith Evans of Cardiff in 1935.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 10314-10324.

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. 212-213.


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Publication note: See Huw Walters, John Dyer Richards a'i gysylltiadau in Barddas 200/201 (Dec./Jan. 1993/94), pp. 6-9, which, as well as outlining Richards's literary merits, mentions his friendship with 'Hedd Wyn'.


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); NLW Full Catalogue on-line; The Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Barddas No. 200/201 (Dec./Jan. 1993/4), pp. 6-9.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2008 & June 2011.

Richards, John Dyer | 1877-1927 | Archives

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