Fonds GB 0210 DANES - Daniel Parry-Jones Papers,

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Daniel Parry-Jones Papers,


  • 1946-1975 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.181 cubic metres (7 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

The Rev. Canon Daniel Parry-Jones (1891-1981), of Llangeler, Carmarthenshire, was an author and recorder of country tradition. He received his education at St. David's College, Lampeter. In 1914, he was ordained as a priest at Pontypridd, Glamorgan. He served as a parish priest in other parts of Glamorgan and Breconshire, before being appointed Rural Dean of Crickhowell in 1957 and Honorary Canon of Brecon Cathedral in 1959. Canon Parry-Jones nurtured a keen interest in Welsh rural society and customs, dialects, legends and folk-lore and published six books, namely Welsh Country Upbringing (1948), Welsh Country Characters (1952), Welsh Legends and Fairy Lore (1953), My Own Folk (1972), A Welsh Country Parson (1975), and Welsh Children's Games and Pastimes (1964). He also published many articles in periodicals such as Gwerin, Province, Impact and Y Llan.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

These papers were donated in 1967 by the Reverend Canon Daniel Parry-Jones with additions in 1978 and 1979 and a further addition in 1984 following his death by his daughter Mrs P. M. Dymond, Newport.

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Scope and content

Papers including autograph and typescript copies of published and unpublished works, 1948-1975; articles and talks, 1956-1973; untitled articles, 1930-1963; reviews of books written by him, 1948-1977; and correspondence mainly relating to his publications, 1946-1975. Also notes, newspaper cuttings and source material used by Daniel Parry-Jones for his books and articles on the following subjects: Wales and the Welsh Language, Agriculture and the Countryside, Dialect and Agricultural Terms, History and Legends of Monmouthshire, Children's Games, Food and Diet, and Church and Clergy.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: draft versions of published books; unpublished works; articles and talks; untitled articles and talks; book reviews; source material on various subjects; correspondence; and publications by other authors.

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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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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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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

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Daniel Parry-Jones Papers;

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