Fonds NLW MSS 12238-12261. - E. Stanton Roberts Manuscripts,

Identity area

Reference code

NLW MSS 12238-12261.


E. Stanton Roberts Manuscripts,


  • [1873x1938] / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

24 vols.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Edward Stanton Roberts was born in Cynwyd, Denbighshire in 1878. Following his graduation from the Normal College, Bangor in 1898, he taught successively at schools in Harrington, Ponciau (near Rhosllanerchrugog) and Liverpool before being appointed assistant principal at Glanadda School, Bangor in 1907. That same year, he enrolled as a student at University College Aberystwyth, graduating in 1911. From 1912 to 1915 Roberts copied and edited manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth on behalf of the Guild of Graduates; thereafter, from 1916 until his death in 1938, he served as principal at schools in Pentrellyncymer, Cyffylliog and Gellifor. In 1917 he gained a Master of Arts degree for his work on William Salesbury's 'Herbal' (Llysieulyfr Myddyginiaethol William Salesbury (Liverpool, 1916)). Roberts was known as a noted academic and palaeographer, as well as a talented poet.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchase; 1939

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts and papers, [1873x1938], of E. Stanton Roberts, comprising notes, transcripts and essays of a historical, antiquarian and etymological nature relating to Wales and the Welsh language; transcripts of and accompanying notes on Welsh poetry, principally that of Dafydd ap Gwilym; and notes compiled towards Llysieulyfr Meddyginiaethol ... William Salesbury ... (Liverpool, 1916).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 12238-12261.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also NLW MS 12394F, which contains a transcript by E. Stanton Roberts.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly known as E. Stanton Roberts 1-24.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 12238-12261.

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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

January 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. 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 5 January 2010;

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  • Text: NLW MSS 12238-12261.