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Watkins, W. J. H., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WJHATKINS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. J. H. Watkins Papers

Short Title: Watkins, W. J. H., papers

Creation date(s): 1912-1968

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.018 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): W. J. H. Watkins


Administrative/Biographical history: William J. Humphrey Watkins (1884-1975) of Nantywellan, Llanfihangel Rhydithon, Radnorshire, was a geographer. He attended the University of Wales, and completed his M.A. thesis, 'English literature of travel from 1350-1750' in 1919. In 1935, he published 'How to Look at Geographical Pictures' with his brother, Howard Stanley Lloyd Watkins. The publication went through several editions, and 'How to Look at Geographical Pictures', Second Series, was published in 1958, and also had many editions. His father, William Watkins (1855-1938), researched the history of education for his article 'Education in Llanfihangel Rhydithon and District', Radnorshire Society Transactions, vol. VI (1936).


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of William Humphrey Watkins, 1912-1968, comprising 'English literature of travel from 1350-1750' (unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Wales), 1919; album containing cuttings, photographs and illustrations, mainly relating to natural history in Radnorshire, [1912]-1914; copies of W. J. H. Watkins and H. S. L. Watkins, 'How to Look at Geographical Pictures', First Series, 6th edn (1966) and Second Series, 4th-6th edn (1964-1967), with related photographs, notes, correspondence and other papers, [1960s]; notes on education in Llanfihangel Rhydithion, Radnorshire, 1848-1920, by William Watkins, [1930s]; and correspondence, 1958-1963.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by type.

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 schedule is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1993, p. 83, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by NLW have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from David Harbourne, Cardiff, in 1992.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1993.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Education | Wales | History | Research
Geographers | Wales
Geography | Study and teaching
Natural history | Wales
Travel in literature | Research
Watkins, W. J. H. | (William J. Humphrey), | 1884-1975 | Archives

Personal names
Watkins , W. J. H. (William J. Humphrey) , 1884-1975
Watkins , William , 1855-1938

Corporate names

Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Wales)

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