- [c. 1910]-1941 / (Creation)
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Extent and medium
0.344 cubic metres (12 boxes)
Name of creator
Prof. Edward Arthur Lewis (1880-1942), historian, was born at Llangurig, Montgomeryshire, and educated at Oswestry, Llanidloes, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the London School of Economics. He became assistant lecturer in Welsh History at UCW Aberystwyth in 1910, becoming Professor of Economics in 1912 and Professor of Welsh History in 1930. He married Elizabeth Thomas, vice-principal of Barry Training College, Glamorgan, in 1925, and they both died in 1942.
Dr James Conway Davies (1891-1971) seems to have acquired these papers around the time of E. A. Lewis's death in 1942. Davies had been a lecturer in economic history at UCW Aberystwyth in 1917, collaborating closely with Lewis on a number of historical projects thereafter, and he appears to have kept the Lewis archive for his own research purposes until 1962. Some of the donation was separated from the archive by the National Library of Wales and are now NLW MSS 17970 and 17972.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Dr James Conway Davies, London, 1962.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Academic papers of Edward Arthur Lewis, [c.1910]-1941, comprising abstracts from medieval and modern public records, including Chancery, Exchequer, Star Chamber and Court of Requests Proceedings, Ministers' Accounts, Subsidies, Chamberlains' Accounts, Pleas before the Justice of North Wales, and Quarter Sessions and Great Sessions records; abstracts from the Powys, Wynnstay, Brogyntyn, and Bronwydd Archives, with schedules of manorial records contained in these deposits; memoranda on the Welsh records in the Public Record Office; abstracts of records and notes on the lordships of Cydewain, Arwystli, Cyfeiliog, Broniarth, and Ardudwy; material for the history of Welsh boroughs (supplementing that published in Lewis, E. A., Medieval Boroughs of Snowdonia (London, 1912)); collections for the study of Welsh trade, commerce, customs duties, industry, shipping and agriculture; drafts of studies on Welshmen in London and the Welsh Fair (Barnet) from the Sessions Records of Middlesex in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Rebecca Movement, the Abbey of Strata Florida, claims of the study of Welsh History upon the attention of the University of Wales, country life in medieval Merioneth, the Kyffin family, the Raglawship of Cardiganshire, the coal and tobacco trade in Pembrokeshire; reports on theses and essays; and letters from Sir William Llewellyn Davies (1887-1952), Sir John Edward Lloyd (1861-1947), and others.
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 loosely by subject by E. A. Lewis
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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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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Title supplied from contents of fonds.
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- Strata Florida Abbey (Wales) (Subject)
- Broniarth Manor (Wales) (Subject)
- Cedewain Manor (Wales) (Subject)
- Cyfeiliog Manor (Wales) (Subject)
- University of Wales. (Subject)
- Arwystli Manor and Lordship (Wales) (Subject)
- Ardudwy Manor (Wales) (Subject)
- Lewis, E. A. (Edward Arthur), 1880-1942 -- Archives (Subject)
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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
Compiled by David Moore for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Preliminary Schedule of the Papers of Dr E. A. Lewis; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001)