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Thomas, Ifor Owain, tenor and photographer, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0221 WM 395, 1968

Held at: Anglesey Archives

Title: Papers of Ifor Owain Thomas (tenor and photographer)

Short Title: Thomas, Ifor Owain, tenor and photographer, papers

Creation date(s): 1912-2000

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.013

Name of creator(s): Ifor Owain Thomas; Eryl Wyn Rowlands


Administrative/Biographical history: Ifor Owain Thomas (1892-1956), singer, was born at Pentraeth, Anglesey, the son of Owen and Isabella Thomas (née Morris). They later moved to Pandy, Anglesey, and he was sometimes known as Ifor Pandy as a result. He went to Pentraeth Board School in 1895 and at the age of 13 became a carpenter with Huw Parry of Pentraeth. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London in 1914. He met his wife, Ceridwen, and they moved to Milan, Italy; he sang in the opera houses of Milan, Nice and Monte Carlo. In 1928 he joined the Metropolitan Quartet in New York, USA, with Frances Alda. He worked with the Radio Atwater Kent Company and he sang in two Newark Music Festivals. He recorded several operas for HMV. When his musical career ended in 1933 he became a photographer for Collier's Magazine, his subjects over the next 15 years including Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, Tommy Dorsey and Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the 1940s he took up painting and exhibited in London, New York and a number of colleges in the United States, signing his work as Ifor o Fôn. A patriotic Welshman, he founded the Cymric Society of New York in 1945. Mildred Unfried was his second wife. He died in New York in 1956.


Scope and content/abstract: Newspaper cuttings, [1928]-1977; programmes, 1926-1928; personal photographs, [early 20th century]; biography, 2000; photographs, 1948-[undated]; copy letter, 1991; Eryl Wyn Rowlands' research papers, 1912-2000.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office and the National Register of Archives. It is the policy of Gwasanaeth Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Archives Service to catalogue in the language of the document.

Language codes: engwel


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Unknown

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Some of the papers were sent to his sister, Miss A. E. Thomas, Port Dinorwic, Caernarfonshire, in 1959. The remainder were collected by Eryl Wyn Rowlands in the course of researching a biography of Thomas.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title compiled from content of fonds. Includes newspaper cuttings and research papers of Eryl Wyn Rowlands post-dating Thomas' death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Ynys Môn/Anglesey County Record Office, Papers of Ifor Owain Thomas; Owain Ifor Thomas (; Pentraeth - a village and its people website (, viewed 21 July 2003.

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

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2003


Personal names
Rowlands , Eryl Wyn
Thomas , Ifor Owain

Corporate names


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