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Flintshire Record Office
Owen, Daniel, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0208 D/DM/521, 522, 655

Held at: Flintshire Record Office

Title: Daniel Owen MSS

Short Title: Owen, Daniel, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1858-1972 (accumulated [20th century])

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 76 items

Name of creator(s): Daniel Owen (1836-1895); Daniel Owen Memorial Room Committee, Mold


Administrative/Biographical history: Daniel Owen (1836-1895) was the first significant Welsh language novelist. A native of Mold, Flintshire, he worked for a local tailor. He began preaching in 1864, and attended Bala Calvinist Methodist College, 1865-1867. He returned to Mold to care for his mother and sister before finishing his course, and subsequently began his own tailor's business. He continued preaching until 1876, when his health deteriorated. From c. 1864 he began writing for periodicals such as Y Drysorfa. He wrote four novels, Y Dreflan (Holywell, 1881), Rhys Lewis (Wrexham, 1885), Enoc Huws (Wrexham, 1891) and Gwen Tomos (Wrexham, 1894), which were initially published in instalments in Y Drysorfa and Y Cymro. Y Siswrn (Mold, 1886) was a collection of his essays and Straeon y Pentan (Wrexham, 1895) a collection of his short stories. He was appointed Chairman of the new Mold Urban District Council in 1894, but died on 22 October 1895. Subsequently there have been several commemorations of Owen in Mold, including a Memorial Stone, a Memorial Statue and the Daniel Owen Shop Protection Committee, later the Memorial Room Committee.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers relating to Daniel Owen, 1858-1975, including items relating to his tailor's business, [c. 1875]-1891; letters, 1893-1895; printed and manuscript poetry and prose, 1883-1894; address to Mold electors, 1894; items relating to his death including his death certificate, 1895; items relating to the Daniel Owen Commemoration Fund, Memorial Stone, Memorial Statue and centenary celebrations, [c. 1899]-1958; photographs, [c. 1860]-1960, relating to Owen, his Memorial Statue and centenary celebrations; audio tape recordings of people who knew Daniel Owen, [20th century]; copies of books including some by and about Daniel Owen, 1878-1963; and correspondence of Daniel Owen Shop Protection Committee, 1968-1972.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Daniel Owen MSS (D/DM/521); Miscellaneous papers and photographs (D/DM/522); and correspondence and papers; books; and miscellaneous (D/DM/655).

Conditions governing access: Data Protection Act restrictions will apply to any items less than 100 years old that contain sensitive personal information as defined by the Act.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Physical characteristics: The fonds contains audio recordings on reels and cassette tape.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at Flintshire Record Office.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: Many of the items were collected by the Daniel Owen Memorial Room Committee.

Immediate source of acquisition:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive contains material relating to Owen post-dating his death.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Flintshire Record Office, Daniel Owen MSS; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2004

Memorials | Wales | Mold
Owen, Daniel, | 1836-1895 | Anniversaries
Owen, Daniel, | 1836-1895 | Archives
Tailors | Wales | Mold
Welsh literature | 19th century

Personal names
Owen , Daniel , 1836-1895

Corporate names
Daniel Owen Memorial Room Committee
Daniel Owen Shop Protection Committee

Mold (Wales)

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