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Davies, S.O., of Aberdare, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DXHV

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: S. O. Davies, of Aberdare, papers

Short Title: Davies, S.O., of Aberdare, papers

Creation date(s): 1898-1961

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.24 cubic metres (38 volumes, 51 files, 39 booklets, 7 papers, 3 notices, 2 newspapers)

Name of creator(s): S. O. Davies; Dowlais District of the South Wales Miners' Federation


Administrative/Biographical history: Stephen Owen Davies (1886-1972) was born at Abercwmboi, Aberdare, Glamorgan. At the age of twelve he began work at Cwmpennar pit. In 1913, he obtained a BA in the Social Sciences from the University College, Cardiff, before becoming an agent of the South Wales Miners Federation for Dowlais in 1918. In 1924, he was elected as a member of the executive of the Miners Federation of Great Britain and later that year he became the vice-president, a position he held until 1933. In 1934, he became the MP for Merthyr Tydfil, standing as a member of the Labour Party. The South Wales Miners' Federation was a mineworkers union formed in 1898. In 1945 it became the South Wales region of the NUM.


Scope and content/abstract: S. O. Davies, correspondence, 1908-1951; committee minutes books, 1934-1953; compensation claims, 1918-1946; accounts, 1898-1955; and printed material, 1912-1943; and miscellaneous material relating to Miners' Federation of Great Britain, 1930-1943; National Union of Mineworkers rules, 1944; official publications, 1915-1946; and miscellaneous material, 1932-1961.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: Items relating to compensation cases containing information on named individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Glamorgan Archives policy.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by a private individual, 1961


Related material: There are three groups of S. O. Davies papers in University of Wales, Swansea.


Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following sources were used for compilation: Francis, Hywel and Dai Smith, The Fed: A history of the South Wales Miners in the Twentieth Century (Cardiff 1998); Coal field Web Materials website ( viewed 6 September 2004; ,Who's Who 1970 (London 1970).

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004; amended September 2005

Coal miners | Trades unions | Wales, South | Archives

Personal names
Davies , S. O. (Stephen Owen) , ca. 1883-1972

Corporate names
Miners' Federation of Great Britain
National Union of Mineworkers | South Wales Area
South Wales Miners' Federation.

Aberdare (Wales)
Dowlais (Wales)
Merthyr Tydfil (Wales)

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