Fonds GB 0210 MOSIAMS - Edward Jones Williams and Chubut Mercantile Company Papers,

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Edward Jones Williams and Chubut Mercantile Company Papers,


  • 1878-1932 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.022 cubic metres (8 volumes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Edward Jones Williams (1857-1932) was a civil engineer from Mostyn in Flintshire. He was involved in the building of the Chubut Railway, Patagonia, at the beginning of the twentieth century and later became one of the most influential leaders of the Welsh colony.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the National Library of Wales by his son, Dr I. Mostyn Williams, Beaumaris, and Mrs M. E. Eames, Conway, in 1967.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, 1878-1932, of Edward Jones Williams, relating mainly to the Welsh settlement in Patagonia and the Chubut Mercantile Company, comprising preparatory notes relating to the building of the Chubut Railway, c.1907, correspondence relating to both his work and to the Welsh colony, 1909-1932; and printed material, 1909-1932, including annual reports of the Chubut Mercantile Company, 1909-1928.

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 into manuscripts, etc.; letters to E. J. Williams; letters from E. J. Williams; and printed matter, and numbered NLW MSS 19715-19724.

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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.

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Spanish.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The catalogue can be accessed online, or in hard copy at NLW. The collection is described in more detail in the former schedule, 'A schedule of manuscripts and printed matter presented by Dr I. Mostyn Williams', which is available in hard copy at NLW.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Papers of E. J. Williams are also held at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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Title supplied from collector and contents of fonds. Formerly entitled I. Mostyn Williams Papers, from name of one of the donors.

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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

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used for the compilation of the description: NLW, Schedule of Edward Jones Williams and Chubut Mercantile Company Papers.

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