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Anwyl, Bodfan, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 BODWYL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Bodfan Anwyl Papers

Short Title: Anwyl, Bodfan, papers

Creation date(s): 1893-1935

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.176 cubic metres (5 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Rev. John Bodvan Anwyl (1875-1949), 'Bodfan'


Administrative/Biographical history: 'Bodfan', John Bodvan Anwyl (1875-1949), was a Congregational minister, lexicographer and author. He was born in Chester, the younger brother of Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914). In 1899 he became minister of Elim Welsh Independent Church, Ffynnonddrain, Carmarthen, but resigned due to deafness in 1904 and became a missioner at Glamorgan Mission to the Deaf and Dumb in Pontypridd. He edited Spurrell's Welsh-English Dictionary, 6th edition (Carmarthen, 1914), and the English-Welsh Dictionary, 7th edition (Carmarthen, 1916). After a period working in the National Library of Wales, 1919-1921, he was appointed Secretary of the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies Welsh Dictionary, 1921-1935. During this period he also wrote several books: Englynion (Wrexham, 1933), Fy Hanes I Fy Hunan (Carmarthen, 1933) and Yr Arian Mawr (Carmarthen, 1934) and edited Ellis Wynne's Gweledigaethau y Bardd Cwsc (Carmarthen, 1927) and Theophilus Evans' Drych y Prif Oesoedd (Carmarthen, 1932). He spent his final years in Llangwnnadl, Caernarfonshire, his mother's family home, and died there by drowning on 23 July 1949.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Bodfan, 1893-1935, comprising letters received by him, 1899-1935, mainly from friends discussing current literary trends and etymological and lexicographical matters; sermons, 1895-1901; miscellaneous poems, notes and printed matter, 1905-1933; and papers, mainly notebooks, relating to his brother Sir Edward Anwyl, 1893-1918.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh; some letters in Spanish, Italian, Breton, French, German and Esperanto; some items written in shorthand.

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; sermons; miscellaneous papers; Sir Edward Anwyl material.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed on-line.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source of the main group is not recorded. The sermons were donated by his niece Miss E.C. Anwyl, Gainsborough, and Mr J. Emrys Anwyl, Bala, 1976.


Related material: Further family papers are National Library of Wales, Anwyl Family Papers. Further papers of Edward Anwyl are National Library of Wales MSS 2421-2505, and in National Library of Wales, J. Glyn Davies Correspondence.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Bodfan Anwyl Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2003

Anwyl, E. | (Edward), | 1866-1914 | Notebooks, sketchbooks etc.
Anwyl, John Bodvan, | 1875-1949 | Archives
Language and languages | Etymology
Lexicography | Wales
Sermons, Welsh | Wales

Personal names
Anwyl , E. (Edward) , 1866-1914
Anwyl , John Bodvan , 1875-1949 , Bodfan

Corporate names
Elim Welsh Independent Church (Ffynnon-ddrain, Wales)

Aberystwyth (Wales)
Carmarthen (Wales)

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