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Bangor University
Papers of William Ellis Williams

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS WEW

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers of William Ellis Williams

Short Title: Papers of William Ellis Williams

Creation date(s): 1897-1915

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 14 items

Name of creator(s): William Ellis Williams


Administrative/Biographical history: William Ellis Williams (1881-1962), formerly independent lecturer and Professor in Electrical Engineering at University College of North Wales, Bangor. His professional interests were wide, ranging from aeronautics, hydroelectricity to radio and television. He and his colleague, Professor Bryan, a lecturer in maths at the University, designed, built and flew their own aeroplane, in the years immediately before the First World War.


Scope and content/abstract: Comprises: correspondence and papers relating to aeronautics, 1904-1914. Much of the correspondence is with firms specialising in aeronautical equipment; there are other letters from H.R. Davies of Treborth, Bangor, who gave financial backing to W.E. Williams in the construction of a monoplane in 1910; correspondence between Williams and Humber Ltd., relating to 'an invention for the improvement of the balancing of motorcar engines', May 1911; correspondence between Williams and the agent of the Stewart-Dam Estate, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal, regarding the silica content of sand found on the estate, 1914-1915; testimonials and references in support of Williams's applications for a university fellowship and for the post of Assistant Lecturer in Physics at UCNW, 1897-1906; agreements between Williams and others regarding the prospecting and working of minerals on properties in Llandegai, Caernarfonshire, and Llanddeusant, Llanfflewin and Llanrhuddlad in Anglesey, 1909-1912, also containing a report on the Cwmgraeanog and Marchlyn copper mine; copies of articles by William Ellis Williams published in aeronautical journals: 'The Centre of Gravity' (Aeronautics, December 1909); 'The Stresses on Aeroplane Framework' (Aeronautics, July 1911); 'A New Method for the Measurement of Air Resistance on Planes and Curved Surfaces' (Aeronautics, November 1911); 'The Pressure Distribution on an Aeroplane Wing in Flight' (The Aeronautical Journal, October 1914) .


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Material was received at different times, is arranged according to type and 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: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 20801-20810, 36024-36027


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Related material: The papers of H.R. Davies are also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. See HE Archives Hub

Publication note: William Ellis Williams's articles published in:


Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, February 2002.

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

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

Aeronautical engineers | Wales
Aeronautics | Wales
Cars (Automobiles) | Wales
Electric engineering
Mines and mineral resources | Wales, North
Motor vehicle engineers (Automobile engineers) | Wales

Personal names
Williams , William Ellis , 1881-1960

Corporate names
Aeronautical Journal
Aeronautical Society of Great Britain
Royal Aeronautical Society
Stewart-Dam Estate (Ireland)
University College of North Wales, Bangor

Dunfanaghy (Ireland)
Graianog (Wales)
Llanddeusant (Anglesey, Wales)
Llandegai (Wales)
Llanfflewyn (Wales)
Llanrhyddlad (Wales)
Marchlyn (Wales)

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