Fonds GB 0210 DANIEL - D. R. Daniel Collection

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D. R. Daniel Collection


  • [c. 1854]-[1966] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.117 cubic metres (13 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

David Robert Daniel (1859-1931), political commentator, was born at Ty'n-y-bryn, Llandderfel, Merionethshire, on 6th May 1859, son of Robert Daniel and Jane Roberts. He was educated at the grammar school and the Independent College, Bala, and became Assistant Organiser in North Wales for the United Kingdom Alliance in 1887. He was appointed Secretary of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union in 1896, and from 1889 was an alderman for the Caernarvonshire County Council. He later joined the Civil Service, and became Secretary of the Royal Commission on Coast Erosion and later, Assistant Secretary to the Welsh Church Commissioners. He was a close friend of Thomas Edward Ellis and became a figure in the Welsh political scene during the late 19th century. He also contributed various articles to the Welsh newspapers, including recollections of O. M. Edwards in Cymru, 1921 and a history about the early life of T. E. Ellis. He died in 1931 and was buried at Cefnddwysarn.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Source unknown.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of David Robert Daniel, comprising, material relating to Thomas Edward Ellis, MP, including diaries, exercise books, speeches and election addresses, correspondence of Thomas Edward Ellis, including correspondence with D. R. Daniel, papers of his political career, copies of diaries and letters, memoirs by others and papers relating to the death of T. E. Ellis, [c. 1854x1934]; material relating to David Robert Daniel, [c. 1869x1931], including diaries, manuscript volumes and notes on places, his family and various individuals, some being eminent Welshmen, school and college papers, letters and cards to and from D. R. Daniel, including some from public men and women, relations and his wife, and miscellaneous and family papers; material relating to the North Wales Quarrymen's Union and the Penrhyn Quarry Strikes, [1878xc.1903], including reports, pamphlets, cuttings, correspondence, discussions, resolutions, and newspaper cuttings; together with material relating to David Lloyd George, including letters and cards to D. R. Daniel and to Mrs S. E. Daniel, some of which are from David Lloyd George and Megan Lloyd George [c. 1890x1966].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

All records have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: material relating to Thomas Edward Ellis; material relating to David Robert Daniel; material relating to the North Wales Quarrymen's Union and the Penrhyn Quarry strikes; material relating to David Lloyd George.

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.

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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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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

January 2003.


  • English



The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule D. R. Daniel Collection; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001); Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959).

Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project.

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