Fonds GB 0210 BENJONES - Ben G. Jones Papers,

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Ben G. Jones Papers,


  • 1889-1989 (accumulated [c. 1930]-1987) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.362 cubic metres (38 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

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.

Archival history

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.

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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.

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Finding aids

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.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Items acquired by Ben G. Jones pre-date him.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

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.

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