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, -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.
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