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National Library of Wales
Evans, T. J., papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 TJEVANS

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: T. J. Evans Papers

Short Title: Evans, T. J., papers

Creation date(s): 1843-[c. 1950]

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.172 cubic metres (4 boxes, 6 volumes)

Name of creator(s): T. J. Evans


Administrative/Biographical history: Thomas John Evans was born in the parish of Cellan, Cardiganshire, on 2 December 1863, the son of Evan and Jane Evans. He taught for a brief period at Cellan school before departing for London to work as a clerk in 1882. For the next fifty years he was closely associated with the Welsh life of the metropolis, and proved an assiduous patron of a great range of literary societies associated with the Welsh churches in London, and played a prominent role in the establishment of a number of social clubs and societies for London Welshmen. In 1895 T. J. Evans was the founder of The London Kelt, a bilingual weekly newspaper, and he was mainly responsible for editing it until it was forced to cease publication in 1915 by the acute paper shortage of the First World War. He became the friend and close associate of an array of prominent Welshmen of his generation, among them Thomas Edward Ellis, David Lloyd George, Ellis Jones Ellis-Griffith and W. Llewelyn Williams. He accumulated an impressive library of Welsh books and books relating to Wales, and became a highly respected authority on London Welsh societies and settlements. He also served on the Council of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. Evans formed a large number of intimate and enduring friendships, and became renowned for his untiring readiness to assist young Welsh people at London. He had married in 1891, Margaret, the daughter of Lewis Davies of Lampeter and they had two daughters. T. J. Evans died on 13 May 1932.


Scope and content/abstract: Papers of and collected by T. J. Evans,1843-[c. 1950], comprising materials of Welsh interest, such as press cuttings, notebooks and research notes, relating to subjects such as various eminent Welshmen, London Welsh, the establishment and early development of the National Library of Wales and Welsh orthography; and including volumes containing poetry and papers relating to poetry, composed by T. J. Evans and other poets; and correspondence.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged by deposit: May 1961 donation; October 1968 donation; January 1974 purchase.

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. The catalogue can be accessed online.


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

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated in 1961 and 1968 by Janet Evans, London; purchased, in 1974.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the papers pre-date and post-date the life of T. J. Evans.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of T. J. Evans Papers; Jones, Emrys: The Welsh in London (Cardiff 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2003

Evans, Thomas John, | 1863-1932 | Archives
National Library of Wales
Poets, Welsh language
Welsh poetry
Welsh | England | London

Personal names
Evans , Thomas John , 1863-1932

Corporate names
National Library of Wales

London (England)

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