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Bangor University
Gwylfa Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS GWYL

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Gwylfa Papers

Short Title: Gwylfa Papers

Creation date(s): 1892 - 1935

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 1335 items

Name of creator(s): Rev. Richard Roberts, 1871 - 1935, also known as Gwylfa and Rev. Rhys J. Huws, 1862 - 1917.


Administrative/Biographical history: R. Gwylfa Roberts was born in Penmaenmawr, North Wales in 1871. He attended Botwnnog School, Caernarfonshire and then the Bala-Bangor College. His first ministry was in Y Felinheli, Caernarfonshire in 1895, but he soon moved to the Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.
A popular preacher and author, he was editor of Y Diwygiwr in 1906 and of Y Dysgedydd in 1912-1914 and 1931-1933. He also edited the work of Rev. Rhys J. Huws, which resulted in the publication of two volumes. He was a successful poet, winning the crown at the National Eisteddfod twice, in 1898 in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire and 1899 in Cardiff. His poetical works were published in Drain gwynnion .
Rev. Rhys J. Huws, 1862 - 1917 was an Independent minister. He became the first minister of the new church in Bryn Seion, Glanaman, Carmarthenshire in 1912.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of letters written to Gwylfa by various correspondents, 1894 - 1935 and letters written by him to others, some of which include written adjudications for Eisteddfod competitions, 1904 - 1934.
The essays and lectures cover a variety of subjects and some have obviously been composed for entry in competitions. There are also essays prepared by Gwylfa for publication in Y Diwygiwr and Y Dysgedydd . Some biographical works are also included.
The winning poem in the National Eisteddfod held in Cardiff in 1899 is to be found amongst the poetry of Gwylfa .
There are sermons by Gwylfa and by other preachers.
The personal and family items include diaries which range from 1898 to 1929, newspaper cuttings, notes on family history and tenancy agreements.
Amongst the miscellaneous items there are adjudications, notes on Llanelli, minutes of the Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli and the Gorsedd Diary for 1934 composed by Gwylfa in his capacity as Recorder of the National Eisteddfod.
The papers of Rev. Rhys Jones Huws include letters by him to Gwylfa , Eisteddfod programmes and poetry.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: The papers were received at six different occasions and have thus been listed separately. In the main, the papers have been arranged according to record type and then, in some cases, chronologically. They have been incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level list is available at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 13072-13472, 21332-22171, 29185-29189, 31132-31218, 31478 and 32501. .

Language codes: wel


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: A book containing two sermons by R. Gwylfa Roberts was donated by Rev. Richard Griffith, Penmaenmawr, Caernarfonshire.


Related material: Also held at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales are other items relating to Gwylfa , letters written by him to other Welsh notables and a photograph. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 5866, 20784 (21-22) and 23456 .


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, August 2001

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Sermons, Welsh | 19th century
Sermons, Welsh | 20th century
Welsh essays | 19th century
Welsh essays | 20th century
Welsh letters | 19th century
Welsh letters | 20th century
Welsh poetry | 19th century
Welsh poetry | 20th century

Personal names
Huws , Rhys J. (Rhys Jones) , 1862-1917
Roberts , R. Gwylfa (Richard Gwylfa) , 1871-1935

Corporate names
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru | (1899 : | Caerdydd)
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru | (1934 : | Neath)
Tabernacl Independent Church (Llanelli, Wales)

Llanelli (Wales)

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