- 1889-1989 (accumulated [c. 1930]-1987) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.362 cubic metres (38 boxes)
Name of creator
Ben G. Jones (1914-1989) was a solicitor and a Liberal politician. He unsuccessfully contested Merionethshire for the Liberals in 1959 and served as Chairman of the Council on the Welsh Language between 1973 and 1978. From 1982 to 1989, he was President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. He also served on the Crowther (later the Kilbrandon) Commission on the Constitution, on the BBC General Advisory Council of Great Britain, on the Agricultural Land Tribunal and he was a Vice-President of University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He received the CBE in 1979.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Mrs Menna Wynn-Jones, Surrey, widow of Ben G. Jones, 1990.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, 1889-1988, of Ben G. Jones, including academic notes, 1932-1935; personal letters, 1942-1968; political papers, 1935-1985; correspondence relating to politics in Merionethshire, 1963-1967; press cuttings, 1958-1963, printed material relating to the four main political parties in Wales, 1949-1966; papers relating to the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1939-1988; minute book, 1889-1909, of the London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union; papers deriving from the compilation and publication of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1953-1986; papers relating to his public life, 1968-1984, including the Kilbrandon Commission, 1936-1969, the BBC, 1968-1978, UCW Aberystwyth, 1968-1985, and the Agricultural Land Tribunal, 1980-1984; minute book, 1889-1909, of the London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union; and papers relating to the status of the Welsh language and to teaching and broadcasting through the medium of Welsh, 1965-1987.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: personalia; political papers; The Honorable Society of Cymmrodorion; public life; the Welsh language; Council for the Welsh Language; London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union/Undeb Cymdeithasau Diwylliadol Cymreig Llundain; printed material: political; printed material: miscellaneous; and miscellanea.
Conditions of access and use area
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.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the schedule, in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1991, pp.37-41, is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Items acquired by Ben G. Jones pre-date him.
Virtua system control number
Place access points
Name access points
- Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (London, England) -- Archives (Subject)
- Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion (London, England) (Subject)
- Liberal Party (Great Britain) (Subject)
- London Welsh Mutual Improvement Societies' Union. (Subject)
- University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales) (Subject)
- Jones, Ben G., 1914-1989 -- Archives. (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Annette Stauch for the ANW project. The following source was consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1991.