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Aberystwyth University
George Powell Archive

Reference code(s): GB 0982 GP

Held at: Aberystwyth University

Title: George Powell Archive

Short Title: George Powell Archive

Creation date(s): 1333-1915

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.19 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): George Ernest John Powell


Administrative/Biographical history: George Ernest John Powell was born on the 10th of February 1842. Born into a politically influential Cardiganshire family, he was brought up on the family estate of Nanteos, near Aberystwyth. He received his education at Eton, and at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Powell lived the life of a gentleman. He travelled widely through North Africa and Europe, especially Iceland. He was a great collector, and acquired pieces both at home and abroad. He also closely followed literary and musical trends and his interests led him to make several interesting connections, developing friendships with such famous figures as A C Swinburne and H W Longfellow. Powell also published a variety of material during his lifetime, including three volumes of his own poetry, and a translation of Icelandic legends completed in conjunction with Eirikr Magnusson.
Powell's travels, along with his poor relationship with his father, W T R Powell, meant that he remained largely absent from Nanteos whilst a young man. On his father's death in 1878, he inherited Nanteos, and returned home. In 1880, he was appointed High Sheriff of Cardigan, and the following year, on the 10th of May, he married Dinah T Harries, of Goodwick, Pembrokeshire. After only a year of marriage, on the 17th of October 1882, he died childless, and is buried in the churchyard at Llanbadarn Fawr, near Aberystwyth.


Scope and content/abstract: The archive contains music manuscripts; various manuscript volumes; unbound manuscript material; printed volumes; letters, and artefacts collected by George Powell.
The archive also includes a few items which were added to the archive after Powell's death. These items relate either to material collected by Powell or to people he was friends with.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: The material in this archive is in a variety of languages: English (eng), French (fre), Latin (lat), German (ger), Dutch (dut), Italian (ita), Arabic (ara), Persian (per), Turkish (ota); Greek (gre) and Spanish (spa).
The papers may be consulted through application to Information Services, Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3DZ, Tel: 01970 622399, Fax: 01970 622404, E-mail: .

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Basic finding aid available at Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Language codes: eng fre lat ger dut ita ara per ota gre spa


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: George Powell intended to bequeath his collection of books, manuscripts and works of art to the town of Aberystwyth, but due to an inability to find a suitable place of deposit, they were left to the University College of Wales, with his music manuscripts going to the Musical College of Wales. This latter group were eventually deposited with Powell's other material at the University.


Related material: Powell's collections of printed books and works of art are also to be found at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
A small group of letters collected by Powell now form part of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth: Collected Letters archive (reference GB 0982 ML), which can also be found at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Some items from the George Powell Archive have been deposited by the University of Wales, Aberystwyth at the National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records, and form Minor Deposits 1394-1408A. These include letters received by George Powell from various correspondents, including A C Swinburne, H W Longfellow and Eirikr Magnusson, along with transcripts of Powell's correspondence by George Eyre Evans.
The archive of the Nanteos estate can be found at the National Library of Wales, Department of Manuscripts and Records, Nanteos Estate Records.


Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to George Powell of Nanteos: An Early Benefactor of the College Library - An exhibition of books, music and MSS, held in the College Gallery, Great Hall, Penglais , (Aberystwyth, 1971), and John Edward Lloyd, R T Jenkins and William Llewelyn Davies (eds), The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 , (London: The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1953), pp. 772-3.

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

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


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Powell , George , 1842-1882

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