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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Owen, Bob, Croesor, papurau (papers)

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DAL

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Papurau Bob Owen, Croesor

Short Title: Owen, Bob, Croesor, papurau (papers)

Creation date(s): 1917-1962

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 402 items

Name of creator(s): Bob Owen, Croesor


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Owen (Bob Owen, Croesor, 1885-1962) was a historian, genealogist and book collector. He was born in Llanfrothen, Merionethshire. From the age of 16 he was employed by Parc and Croesor Slate Quarry as a clerk and stayed there until its closure in 1931. He then became an organiser and lecturer for the Workers Educational Association (WEA) in Caernarfonshire. He was highly regarded as an antiquarian, genealogist and researcher and collected many manuscripts and books. He wrote articles for numerous newspapers and periodicals and was in demand as a lecturer and broadcaster. He was awarded an honorary MA from the University of Wales and received the OBE. He married Nell (Ellen) Jones of Caeathro, Caernarfonshire, in 1923 and they had a son and two daughters. He died on 30 April 1962 and was buried in Llanfrothen.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of Bob Owen Croesor, 1917-1962, comprising letters relating to WEA and other lectures and to TV and radio work, 1931-1962; personal financial papers, 1953-1959; rough notes of Bob Owen, [20th century]; and printed ephemera, relating mainly to Merionethshire, 1917-1957.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: letters; personal papers; and miscellaneous printed material.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and the National Library of Wales.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: Further papers of Bob Owen are in Meirionnydd Archives, ZM/344/10; National Library of Wales, Papurau Bob Owen, Croesor; Caernarfon Record Office, XM/1450.


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Papurau Bob Owen, OBE, MA, Croesor, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004

Adult education | Wales | Gwynedd
Owen, Bob, | 1885-1962 | Archives
Printed ephemera | Wales | Gwynedd
Radio scripts, Welsh
Television scripts

Personal names
Owen , Bob , 1885-1962

Corporate names
Workers' Educational Association

Merioneth (Wales)

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