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Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Williams, W. D., casgliad (collection)

Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DDF

Held at: Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office

Title: Casgliad W. D. Williams

Short Title: Williams, W. D., casgliad (collection)

Creation date(s): 1805-1982 (mainly 1867-1982)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): W. D. Williams (1900-1985); Robert Owen ('Bardd y Môr', 1858-1885)


Administrative/Biographical history: William David Williams (1900-1985) was a poet and schoolmaster. He was born near Corwen, Merionethshire, and educated at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. After spending some time living in Sheffield, Yorkshire, he became a teacher in Barmouth, Merionethshire, retiring in 1961. As an accomplished poet, he won the Chair at the 1965 National Eisteddfod with the ode 'Yr Ymchwil'. He published Adlais Odlau (Aberystwyth, 1939), Cerddi'r Hogiau (Llandybie, 1941), Cân ac Englyn (Aberystwyth, 1951), Camp a Rhemp (Wrexham, 1960) and Rhyw Bwt o Lawr y Betws (Llandysul, 1975). He also wrote for radio and the stage. He moved to Bala, Merionethshire, in 1977, and died there in 1985. He collected some papers of Robert Owen ('Bardd y Môr', 1858-1885), a schoolmaster and poet from Llwyn Gloddaeth, Barmouth, who emigrated to Australia in 1879 and died there in 1885.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of W. D. Williams, 1805-1982, including letters, 1867, [c. 1925]-1982; poetry in Welsh and English by WDW and others, 1950-1980; songs, [c. 1969]-1979; miscellaneous prose, [1907]-1981; radio scripts, 1953-1969; papers relating to stage performances, 1931-1972; notes and essays, [1977]-[1980]; newspaper cuttings, 1939-1977; miscellaneous religious material, 1924-[1978], and a Bible, 1805; annual reports of Park Road Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Barmouth, 1901-1967; medals and other artefacts, 1939-1946; photographs, postcards and slides, [c. 1907]-1965; booklets and other items concerning Merionethshire history and Menai Bridge, 1964-1976; ephemera, 1929-1980; papers relating to John Cowper Powys and an Owain Glyndwr pageant, 1939-1969; and papers of and relating to Robert Owen (1858-1885), 1870-1917, including letters, poetry, notes and newspaper cuttings.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged by deposit into the following: letters; poetry; stage performances; radio scripts; notes and essays; songs; religion; miscellaneous (part I); letters; poems and songs; prose; stage performances; newspaper cuttings; John Cowper Powys and the Owain Glyndwr pageant; miscellaneous; Robert Owen, 'Bardd y Mor', papers (part II).

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:



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. The collection includes earlier material, pre-dating his birth, collected by W. D. Williams.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Casgliad W. D. Williams, rhestr (catalogue); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2004

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Gwynedd
Owen, Robert, | 1858-1885 | Archives
Religious institutions | Wales | Barmouth
Welsh literature | 20th century
Welsh poetry | 19th century
Welsh poetry | 20th century
Williams, W. D. | (William David), | 1900-1985 | Archives

Personal names
Owen , Robert , 1858-1885
Williams , W. D. (William David) , 1900-1985

Corporate names
Park Road Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Barmouth, Wales)

Barmouth (Wales)
Merioneth (Wales)
Victoria ()

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