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National Library of Wales
Jerman, H. Noel, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 JERMAN

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: H. Noel Jerman Papers

Short Title: Jerman, H. Noel, papers

Creation date(s): 1679-1983 (mainly 1782-1983) (accumulated [1930s?]-1983)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.315 cubic metres (11 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Herbert Noel Jerman (1909-1994)


Administrative/Biographical history: Herbert Noel Jerman (1909-1994) was a civil servant, archaeologist and local historian. He was born on 11 December 1909 at Dolforgan Gardens, Kerry, Montgomeryshire, his father working for J. B. Willans of Dolforgan. He attained a first class honours BA degree in Geography, followed by an MA, both at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He worked at the National Library of Wales, then served as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserves, 1939-1945, liaising with the US Army. After the War, he joined the Ministry of Town and Country Planning, 1945-1951, and then the Welsh Office, where he became an Assistant Secretary, 1957-1970, until his retirement. He then served as Chief Officer for Wales on the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas, 1970-1977, and as a consultant for the Welsh Development Agency, 1977-1980. He was a member of Powys Rural Council, 1974-1977, and sat on the Board of Celtic Studies, the Council of the National Library of Wales, and the Council of the University of Wales. He was also chairman of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and the Cambrian Archaeological Association, and chairman, 1980-1985, then Vice-President, of the Powysland Club. He was awarded the CBE in 1967 and the Order of St John in 1984, and was High Sheriff of Powys, 1983-1984. He wrote articles and books on the history of Kerry and Montgomeryshire, and accumulated materials relating to the Dolforgan Estate. In 1939 he married Blodwen Elizabeth Jenkins (died 1987). He married Kathleen Edfryn Jones, Llanwnnog, in 1990. He died 19 May 1994 at Dolforgan Gardens.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1679-1983, of and accumulated by H. Noel Jerman, comprising: research papers, 1914-1975; files relating to his work in the Secret Intelligence services, 1941-1945; correspondence, notes and other papers relating mainly to archaeology, and also to his professional activities, 1948-1983; 'Notes and Memoranda' relating to events organised by the Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1883-1894; original records collected by him, 1679-1926, including deeds and documents relating to properties in Kerry, Montgomeryshire, 1679-1885, and Kerry School, 1843-1873, and copies of local newspapers, 1834-1868; records relating to the Dolforgan estate, including deeds and documents relating to properties in Montgomeryshire, Carmarthenshire and Merionethshire, 1807-1910, financial records, 1889-1939, and letter books, 1892-1930.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by date and type of acquisition into bequest (the first acquisition) and donation (the second acquisition). The bequest is futher divided into original records assembled by HNJ; Dolforgan estate deeds and documents; Dolforgan estate bound volumes (financial); Dolforgan estate letter books; research papers; Second World War; HNJ's professional activities; miscellanea; and the donation is further divided into original records assembled by HNJ; research papers; HNJ's professional activities; and miscellaneous.

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1995, pp. 35-39, at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed by H. Noel Jerman, Kerry, Newtown, Powys, per Mrs Kathleen Jerman, and donated by Mr Michael Wallis, of Williams, Gittins and Tomley, Market St, Newtown, 1994.


Related material: Further papers of H. Noel Jerman are National Library of Wales, Cambrian Archaeological Association Archive. Further records of the Dolforgan estate are National Library of Wales, Dolforgan Estate Records.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1995; Chapman, M. Ll., 'H. Noel Jerman, CBE, MA, FSA, OStJ, Vice President of the Powysland Club' in Montgomeryshire Collections Vol. 82 (1994), pp. 175-176.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Archaeology | Wales
Deeds | Wales | Kerry/Ceri
Dolforgan Estate (Wales) | Archives
Estate administration | Wales | Montgomeryshire
Jerman, H. Noel | Archives
World War, 1939-1945 | Secret service | Great Britain

Personal names
Jerman , H. Noel

Corporate names
Cambrian Archaeological Association
Dolforgan Estate (Wales)
St. Michael's Church in Wales Primary School (Kerry, Wales)

Carmarthenshire (Wales)
Kerry (Wales)
Merioneth (Wales)
Montgomeryshire (Wales)

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