- 1790-1937 (Creation)
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Name of creator
David Morgan Lewis was born on a farmstead in north Pembrokeshire. He trained for the ministry at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen and afterwards at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1878 he was ordained minister of the English Congregational church at Hirwaun in the Rhondda valley. After five years Lewis gave up the ministry and returned to his studies at Cambridge. In 1884 he was appointed lecturer in physics at University College, Bangor, and, in 1891, Professor of Physics at University College, Aberystwyth. Despite his early departure from the ministry, Lewis maintained an interest in all things Congregational throughout his life. He served as chairman of the South Wales English Congregational Churches Union and of the committees of Carmarthen and Brecon theological colleges. Following his retirement in 1919, Lewis embarked on a study of Welsh hymnology, particularly the work of Ann Griffiths, and published his findings in Welsh periodicals.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
David Morgan Lewis; Aberystwyth; Bequest; 1938
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Scope and content
Manuscripts, [1790x1937], by or belonging to, the Reverend David Morgan Lewis. The material is largely of Congregational or Welsh literary/historical interest and includes sermons and sermon notes; volumes of hymn-tunes and material relating to Welsh hymn-writers (including Ann Griffiths) and their work; lecture notes and essays; tour journals, -1906, of David Morgan Lewis; and an album mainly of Congregational interest compiled by John Lloyd James ('Clwydwenfro').
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System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW reference numbers: NLW MSS 11614-11697.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.
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Usual copyright laws apply.
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Welsh, English, Latin, German, Greek, Hebrew, Malagasy.
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The description is also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).
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Formerly known as D. Morgan Lewis 1-84.
Preferred citation: NLW MSS 11614-11697.
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig on-line site, viewed 16 November 2009.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.