Fonds GB 0210 MSELLOWEN - Ellis Owen Manuscripts

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Ellis Owen Manuscripts


  • [1600] x [1872] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

27 vols

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Ellis Owen (1789-1868), farmer, antiquary and poet, was born at Cefn-y-meysydd Isaf, Eifionydd, Caernarvonshire, where he spent his entire life. In 1846 he founded Cymdeithas Llenorion Eifionydd at Cefn-y-meysydd in order to promote the area's literary culture, a society which attracted many of the leading lights of the day in that field. A collection of Owen's poetical and prose works was published posthumously in 1877 under the title Cell Meudwy.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the Library in 1917.

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Scope and content

A collection which includes poetry, correspondence, notebooks and miscellaneous papers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 998-1024.

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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.

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Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English, unless otherwise specified.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

July 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943) and The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 (Oxford, 1959).

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  • Text: Ellis Owen Manuscripts.