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Bangor University
Records of the University College of North Wales

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS UCNW

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Records of the University College of North Wales

Short Title: Records of the University College of North Wales

Creation date(s): 1880's-1980's

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 716 items

Name of creator(s): University College of North Wales, now known as the University of Wales Bangor

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The University of Wales Bangor came into being as a direct result of a campaign in the late nineteenth century for better higher education provision in Wales. An important feature of the fundraising campaign to establish a college of university rank in Bangor was the voluntary contributions made by local quarrymen from their weekly wages over a period of years. It opened on 18 October 1884 in an old coaching inn with 58 students and 10 members of staff. In 1893 it became one of the three constituent colleges of the University of Wales.
The University moved to a new site in 1911 - the present main university buildings - on a hillside overlooking Bangor. Major growth occurred in the late 1950's and early 1960's, when the number of students increased to over 2,000. Expansion continued throughout the 1980's and 1990's with a major development being the introduction of nurse / midwifery training in the 1980's. Integration between the University and Coleg Normal, specialising in training teachers, occurred in 1996.
The complete story of the beginnings of the University College of North Wales has been written by J. Gwynn Williams. It was published in 1985 under the title The University College of North Wales : Foundations 1884-1927 .

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The records of the University (which have been catalogued) form a vast percentage of the holdings of the Archives Department. They vary greatly in format, from correspondence, plans, photographs, postcards, printed ephemera, programmes, to newspaper cuttings, brochures, prints, minutes. They touch upon such subjects as the University buildings, various funds, staff members, clubs and societies, concerts, strikes and protests, halls of residence, conferences, scholarships etc. They also range in date from before the establishment of the University, 1880's, to the 1980's. Amongst the records are papers relating to :
Administration :
Academic Departments : correspondence, prospectuses, programmes, posters, photographs, timetables, syllabuses, reading lists, essays, examination papers, registers etc.
Library and Archives Service
Clubs and Societies : records may consist of minutes, photographs, log books, lists of members, programmes etc. and relate to several clubs, societies, committees and associations, including :
Eisteddfod - papers relating to various Eisteddfodau held at the University, some Inter-Collegiate, others between students and colleges in Bangor. They consist of adjudications, compositions, minutes etc., 1905-1975 (reference numbers 236, 1878, 4153, 5063, 7266, 8527, 8720, 10209-10211, 18320-18321, 26902, 34479-34492, 35364, 36531)
Centenary Celebrations / Centenary Appeal : minutes, files, correspondence etc., 1979-1985 (reference numbers 33868-33940, 33968-33972, 34006, 34158, 34178-34179, 34723)

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material is incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Restrictions may apply in some cases. Consult the Archivist for details.

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

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts : 236, 467, 1854-1876, 1878, 1884-1885, 2391-2401, 2513-2529, 3134, 3205, 4153, 4587-4588, 5063, 5681, 5710-5711, 7266, 7339, 7350, 7354, 8527, 8713-8715, 8720, 9868, 10209-10211, 10365, 10434, 11608-11609, 11617-11629, 11796-11799, 13565-13569, 13920, 13944-13946, 14800-14801, 14806, 14808-14811, 14824, 14853-14876, 15091-15092, 15094, 15281-15289, 15445, 15522, 15530-15532, 16420, 16421-16424, 16444-16506, 17281-17286, 17673, 17906-17907, 18063-18064, 18320-18321, 18325, 18583, 18608-18616, 18687 -18688, 18925, 18927, 20589, 20645, 20778, 21054, 21130, 21152-21153, 23029-23030, 23095, 23687, 23692-23694, 23761, 23784, 24066-24071, 24263, 24546-24549, 24663, 25604, 25711-25713, 25736, 25760, 25797, 26027-26028, 26085, 26186, 26304-26311, 26382, 26398, 26512, 26534-26535, 26600-26602, 26605, 26614, 26645, 26648, 26902, 26993-26994, 27300, 27392, 27512, 31128-31131, 31579-31583, 32398, 32437, 32534-32535, 32596, 32904, 32905, 33089, 33240, 33243, 33253, 33488, 33819, 33821-33824, 33868-33940, 33968-33974, 33999-34000, 34003-34004, 34006, 34054, 34122-34131, 34145, 34158, 34171, 34178-34179, 34185-34214, 34458, 34472, 34479-34492, 34496-34497, 34501, 34508-34509, 34526-34527, 34534, 34537-34539, 34543, 34554-34555, 34561, 34563-34565, 34599, 34688, 34714, 34723, 34736, 34740, 34747, 34791-34814, 35346, 35364, 35369-35370, 35817, 35831, 35842, 35847, 35863, 35875-35886, 35947-35951, 35957-35959, 35968, 35976-35977, 36132, 36345, 36349, 36419, 36430-36435, 36499-36500, 36526, 36531, 36542, 36710-36798, 37219, 37225-37226, 37630-37633, 37984-38004

Language codes: eng wel

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: Documents relating to the University are continually being deposited at the Archives Department, through various University Departments and individuals - former students and staff members mostly. The Department holds a large mass of uncatalogued UCNW records which are not included in this description.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Many of the collections held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor have some connection with the University. In particular, consult the Papers of Llew Tegid Grace Ellis Papers , Museum of Welsh Antiquities Papers . Collection level descriptions are available on the Archives Hub .

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Simpson, April 2004. The administrative history was taken from the University of Wales Bangor web site.

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

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


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Universities and colleges | Wales, North

Personal names

Corporate names
University College of North Wales, Bangor

Places
Bangor (Wales)

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