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National Library of Wales
Moelona manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MOELONA

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Moelona Manuscripts

Short Title: Moelona manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1893-1952

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.038 cubic metres (2 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Elizabeth Mary Jones (née Owen, 'Moelona', 1877-1953)


Administrative/Biographical history: 'Moelona', Elizabeth Mary Jones (1877-1953), teacher and novelist, was born at Moylon, Rhydlewis, Cardiganshire, the youngest daughter of John and Mary Owen. She attended Rhydlewis elementary school, becoming a pupil-teacher in 1890. She taught successively at elementary schools in Pontrhydyfen and, Bridgend, Glamorgan, and Acrefair, Flintshire, 1897-1905, before teaching in Cardiff, 1905-1917. In 1917 she married the Rev. J. Tywi Jones (died 1949), editor of Y Darian, and Baptist minister of Y Glais, near Swansea, and gave up teaching. As Moelona, she wrote children's novels, stories, essays, poems, and schoolbooks. Her novels include Rhamant o Ben y Rhos (written 1907, re-published as Rhamant y Rhos, Aberdare, 1918), Teulu Bach Nantoer (Wrexham, 1913), Bugail y Bryn (Dolgellau, 1917), Breuddwydion Myfanwy (London, 1928), Beryl (Wrexham, 1931) and Ffynnonloyw (Llandysul, 1939). In 1914 she began writing a children's column for Y Darian. She also translated Alphonse Daudet's stories into Welsh, published in Y Wers Olaf (Cardiff, 1921). She continued to compete and adjudicate at National Eisteddfodau. On her husband's retirement in 1935 they moved to New Quay, Cardiganshire. Moelona died there on 5 June 1953 and was buried in Rhydlewis.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters, 1910-1944; scrapbooks, 1893-1948; poetry, 1910-1952; manuscripts and typescripts of prose compositions, essays, articles and addresses, [1909]-1918; sermons, undated, [1897x1953]. None of her major works are represented among the papers.


Language/scripts of material: Welsh, English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: correspondence; biographical; scrap and school books; poetry; compositions; writings; lectures, articles and addresses; sermons; and miscellaneous.

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, in Welsh, is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Archival history: Her papers appear to have been deposited at Cardiganshire County Library before being transferred to the National Library of Wales at some unspecified time.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Cardiganshire County Library per Mr Alun R. Edwards, Cardiganshire Librarian, [1953 x 1974].



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Rhestr o Bapurau Moelona (Schedule of Moelona Papers); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2003

Authors, Welsh language
Jones, Elizabeth Mary, | 1878-1953 | Archives
Poets, Welsh language

Personal names
Jones , Elizabeth Mary , 1878-1953

Corporate names

Cardiganshire (Wales)

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