Fonds GB 0210 MSCTAWEL - C. Tawelfryn Thomas Papers,

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C. Tawelfryn Thomas Papers,


  • 1837-1938 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

9 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

The Rev. Cadwaladr Tawelfryn Thomas (1856-1939) was minister of the Congregational Church, Y Groes-wen, Glamorgan, 1880-1926. He was a hymn writer and had an interest in Welsh poetry, corresponding with many contemporary poets. He acquired some manuscripts of his friend William Cosslett (Gwilym Elian, 1831-1904), a colliery official at Hendredenny Colliery, near Caerphilly, and a successful local poet.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 9712-5; Rev. C. Tawelfryn Thomas (per Sir D. Lleufer Thomas); Taff's Well; Donation; February 1935

NLW MSS 12895-9; Rev. C. Tawelfryn Thomas; Pontllanffraith; Donation; June 1938

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Scope and content

Papers of the Rev. C. Tawelfryn Thomas, 1837-1938, comprising letters addressed to him from religious, literary and political figures, 1874-1938, mainly about biographical details of historical and contemporary ministers and poets, eisteddfod competitions, publication of books and articles, including Thomas's own work on Ieuan Gwynedd, the Independent College in Bala, personal matters, preaching engagements and ministers' appointments; stanzas composed by him; and poetry by William Cosslett (Gwilym Elian) and others, 1837-1903.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 9712-5, 12895-9.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

NLW MSS 9712-9715 are described in more detail in the former catalogue NLW, Schedule of Tawelfryn Thomas Papers (1935).

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For other manuscripts of William Cosslett, at one time in the possession of C. Tawelfryn Thomas, see NLW MSS 24039-40.

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Title based on contents.

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Description identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003, April 2013.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Tawelfryn Thomas Papers; NLW, Handlist of Manuscripts; NLW, Guide to the Department of Manuscripts and Records (1994); and Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959)

Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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