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Bangor University
Welsh emigrants' letters

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS EM

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Welsh emigrants' letters

Short Title: Welsh emigrants' letters

Creation date(s): 1837 May 15 - 1877 May 22

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 11 items

Name of creator(s): Bob Owen, Croesor


Administrative/Biographical history: Robert Owen, 1885 - 1962, better known as Bob Owen, Croesor was an antiquary and book-collector from Llanfrothen, Merionethshire.
His interests lay in local history and Welsh genealogy. He collected manuscripts as well as books, and transcribed parish records. Although an advocate of the study of local history, his own topics of research were far reaching. He was an authority on the history of the Welsh in America in particular.
Little is known about the correspondents of these letters, other than that they emigrated in1837 to the United States, probably from the Pen-y-groes area in Caernarfonshire. In the United States they moved from New York to Wisconsin and then to Detroit in search of better living and working conditions.


Scope and content/abstract: Eleven letters dating from 1837 to 1877 from Welsh emigrants in the United States to individuals in Wales. William Edwards and family are the correspondents, writing to Owen Roberts, shop keeper of Pen-y-groes, Caernarfonshire. The letters contain family news, information on the Welsh in New York, living conditions and the effect of the Civil War on the country.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically 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: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 15732-15742

Language codes: wel


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Received from Bob Owen, Croesor


Related material: For further material received from the Library of Bob Owen, Croesor, consult Bob Owen, Croesor Papers and Additional Bob Owen Transcripts Archives Hub


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, March 2002.

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

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

Emigration and immigration | Wales | United States

Personal names
Owen , Bob , 1885-1962

Corporate names

Detroit (Michigan)
New York ()

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