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Bangor University
Papers on the Bala and Bala-Bangor Independent Colleges

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS BBB

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Papers on the Bala and Bala-Bangor Independent Colleges

Short Title: Papers on the Bala and Bala-Bangor Independent Colleges

Creation date(s): 1855-1941

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 318 items

Name of creator(s): Various

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: The history of the Bala-Bangor College is a complex one, which begins in 1842 with the establishment of the Independent College in Bala, Merionethshire. By the 1850s the nature and quality of education being received at the College was under fire and a new constitution was drafted which led to a rift between members. For a while, the Independents had two colleges in Bala - one for the old constitution and one for the new. Then in 1885 the new constitution college received a gift of £1500 from Samuel Morley on the condition that it moved to Bangor, co. Caernarfon. By 1886 the college had moved to a house on College Road in Bangor known as The Poplars and from then on the 2 colleges operated separately. In 1889 John Rylands from Lancashire left £5000 in his will to the Bala College, but it was not too clear which college was to benefit. Luckily, the gift became a means of uniting both colleges. Eventually, in 1892, the department in Bala was moved to Bangor. The new united college was named Bala-Bangor and in time moved from The Poplars to a building at the bottom of Ffriddoedd Road, Bangor, which was once three private houses.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Copy account books of the Bala Independent College, 1855-1875.
Minute book of the Bala-Bangor College Debating Society, 1877-1881.
Letters and papers relating to the battle of the two constitutions, 1855-1893.
2 copies of a photograph of an Independent College Group, Bala, 1881.
Details of the students at Bala and Bala-Bangor Colleges, 1841-1941 by D. J. Williams, Bethesda.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: 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 3617-3622, 13520, 14023-14028, 26109-26110, 26997-26998

Language codes: wel

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: These papers were acquired from a variety of sources over a period of years.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor are the Bala-Bangor Manuscripts .

DESCRIPTION NOTES

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

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
Congregationalism | Wales

Personal names

Corporate names
Athrofa Anibynol Bala-Bangor
Athrofa Annibynol y Bala

Places

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