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National Library of Wales
University of Wales Aberystwyth, Department of Music, archives

Reference code(s): GB 0210 UCWMUS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: UW Aberystwyth Department of Music Archives

Short Title: University of Wales Aberystwyth, Department of Music, archives

Creation date(s): 1883-1986

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.311 cubic metres (27 boxes, 5 volumes)

Name of creator(s): Univeristy of Wales, Department of Music


Administrative/Biographical history: The Department of Music f the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (later University of Wales Aberystwyth), established in the late 19th century, was one of the first university music departments set up in Britain. Members of the department ran the UCW Aberystwyth Musical Club, 1920-1927, and the Aberystwyth Music Festival, 1925-1927. Charles Clements (1898-1983) was lecturer and then senior lecturer between 1926 and 1963. Griff Williams (d. 1958), of Ponthenri, Carmarthenshire, and his wife, were music teachers and accompanists. They often performed or adjudicated at concerts, eisteddfodau, and singing festivals. In the late 1980s, the University decided to cease offering degrees in music, and closed the Department, although the University Music Centre continues to hold concerts and events.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of the Department of Music of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1883-1986, including concert programmes, 1898-1988, posters for concerts, 1961-[c. 1983]; minute book of the UCW Aberystwyth Musical Club, 1920-1927; student record cards, 1922-1929; attendance registers, 1933-1981; staff notes and reports, 1951-1983; miscellaneous papers and correspondence relating to the Department, 1921-1984; minute book of the Aberystwyth Music Festival, 1925-1927; papers relating to Aberystwyth and Gregynog music festivals, 1922-1969; music manuscripts and facsimiles by individual composers, including Arthur Charles Edwards, Ian Parrott, and David Wynne, 1916-1982; miscellaneous music papers, 1883-1904; papers of Charles Clements, 1909-1973; and papers of Griff Williams and his wife, 1916-[1980s].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: music manuscripts: individual composers; and miscellaneous music; papers of Charles Clements; papers of Griff Williams and his wife; departmental records; and music festivals.

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, 1992, pp. 119-125, at the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

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: Deposited by the Department of Music, University of Wales, Aberystwyth per Dr David Evans, 1989, 1990 and per Dr David Wulstan, Gregynog Professor of Music, 1991. The 1989 deposit, originally received on deposit, was converted into a donation when the remaining papers were acquired in 1991.


Related material: Recordings of concerts held by the Department are in NASSAW.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1992.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2003

Music festivals | Wales | Ceredigion
Music in universities and colleges | Wales | Aberystwyth
Music | Societies, etc.
Music | Wales | Manuscripts
University of Wales Aberystwyth. | Dept. of Music | Archives

Personal names
Clements , Charles H. (Charles Henry) , 1898-1983
Edwards , Arthur Charles , [alive 1898-1925]
Parrott , Ian
Williams , Griff , d. 1958
Wynne , David

Corporate names
University College of Wales, Aberystwyth | Musical Club
University of Wales, Aberystwyth | Department of Music


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