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Owen, Evan, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSEVOW

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Evan Owen Manuscripts

Short Title: Owen, Evan, manuscripts

Creation date(s): [1871x1925]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 106 volumes

Name of creator(s): Evan Owen; and others.


Administrative/Biographical history: Evan Owen is listed in the Liverpool Directory of 1870 as a 'paint manufacturer' and in the 1924 Directory as an 'oil and colour merchant'. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the Baptist church decided to compile material in preparation for a history of the Liverpool Baptists and Owen was allotted the task of researching the city's Welsh Baptists and their churches. He appears to have begun this work by the turn of the twentieth century and to have continued it into the 1920s, eventually leaving a legacy comprising not only copious autograph notes but also a considerable amount of printed material. As Owen bequeathed this collection to the National Library in 1925 it is assumed that he died around this time.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, [1871x1921], largely comprising historical and other material by or collected by Evan Owen which relates to the Welsh Baptist churches in Liverpool and surrounding districts, together with material relating to the temperance movement in Liverpool and surrounding districts, and to Baptist churches and the temperance movement in other parts of England and in Wales. Also included in the collection are essays on theological subjects by Evan Owen; letters, 1877-1921, addressed to Evan Owen; and material relating to Susannah Owen, wife of Evan Owen.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 10443-10548.

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. 219-226.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed by Evan Owen of Liverpool, per Mr J. T. Wynne Jones, in 1925.


Related material: There is a further collection of Evan Owen papers, dated 1816-1921, deposited in the Liverpool Record Office. See also the collection of Liverpool's Welsh Baptist Papers housed at Bangor University, a description of which can be accessed via the Archives Wales website at (in Welsh) or (in English).

Publication note: There is some information on Evan Owen's research methods in Ian Sellers: A History of the Liverpool Baptist ... [1962].


Note: Title based on contents. Formerly Evan Owen MSS 1-106.

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); Liverpool Record Office website; Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); Oxford Dictonary of National Biography on-line.

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

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

Baptists | England | Liverpool
Baptists | England | Liverpool | History
Owen, Evan | Liverpool | d. ?1925 | Archives
Welsh | England | Liverpool

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Owen , Evan , d. ?1925 , Liverpool

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