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Daniel, D. R., collection

Reference code(s): GB 0210 DANIEL

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: D. R. Daniel Collection

Short Title: Daniel, D. R., collection

Creation date(s): [c. 1854x1966]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.117 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Name of creator(s): David Robert Daniel


Administrative/Biographical history: David Robert Daniel (1859-1931), political commentator, was born at Ty'n-y-bryn, Llandderfel, Merionethshire, on 6th May 1859, son of Robert Daniel and Jane Roberts. He was educated at the grammar school and the Independent College, Bala, and became Assistant Organiser in North Wales for the United Kingdom Alliance in 1887. He was appointed Secretary of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union in 1896, and from 1889 was an alderman for the Caernarvonshire County Council. He later joined the Civil Service, and became Secretary of the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion and later, Assistant Secretary to the Welsh Church Commissioners. He was a close friend of Thomas Edward Ellis and became a figure in the Welsh political scene during the late 19th century. He also contributed various articles to the Welsh newspapers, including recollections of O. M. Edwards in Cymru, 1921 and a history about the early life of T. E. Ellis. He died in 1931 and was buried at Cefnddwysarn. Thomas Edward Ellis (1859-1899) was the MP for Merioneth, 1886-1899, and chief Liberal whip, 1894-1895. Sir Owen Morgan Edwards (1858-1920), writer and educationist, played a prominent part in the establishment of Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym, the society which started the renaissance in Welsh scholarship and literature in the early 20th century. From 1888 onwards he published several books and Welsh magazines, and established his own monthly magazines including, Cymru and Cymru'r Plant. David Lloyd George (1863-1945), politician, became Prime Minister in December 1916, at the height of WW1, until 1922.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of David Robert Daniel, comprising, material relating to Thomas Edward Ellis, MP, including diaries, exercise books, speeches and election addresses, correspondence of Thomas Edward Ellis, including correspondence with D. R. Daniel, papers of his political career, copies of diaries and letters, memoirs by others and papers relating to the death of T. E. Ellis, [c. 1854x1934]; material relating to David Robert Daniel, [c. 1869x1931], including diaries, manuscript volumes and notes on places, his family and various individuals, some being eminent Welshmen, school and college papers, letters and cards to and from D. R. Daniel, including some from public men and women, relations and his wife, and miscellaneous and family papers; material relating to the North Wales Quarrymen's Union and the Penrhyn Quarry Strikes, [1878xc.1903], including reports, pamphlets, cuttings, correspondence, discussions, resolutions, and newspaper cuttings; together with material relating to David Lloyd George, including letters and cards to D. R. Daniel and to Mrs S. E. Daniel, some of which are from David Lloyd George and Megan Lloyd George [c. 1890x1966].


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: material relating to Thomas Edward Ellis; material relating to David Robert Daniel; material relating to the North Wales Quarrymen's Union and the Penrhyn Quarry strikes; material relating to David Lloyd George

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found.



Note: Title supplied from content of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule D. R. Daniel Collection, Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001), Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: January 2003.

Daniel, David R. | (David Robert), | 1859-1931 | Archives
Slate industry | Wales, North
Strikes and lockouts | Slate industry | Wales | Bethesda (Gwynedd)
Trades unions | Wales, North, | Records and correspondence

Personal names
Edwards , Owen Morgan , 1858-1920 , Sir
Ellis , Thomas Edward , 1859-1899
Lloyd George , David , 1863-1945

Corporate names
North Wales Quarrymen's Union


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