Fonds NLW MSS 10443-10548. - Evan Owen Manuscripts,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 10443-10548.


Evan Owen Manuscripts,


  • [1871x1925] / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

106 vols.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Evan Owen is listed in the Liverpool Directory of 1870 as a 'paint manufacturer' and in the 1924 Directory as an 'oil and colour merchant'. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the Baptist church decided to compile material in preparation for a history of the Liverpool Baptists and Owen was allotted the task of researching the city's Welsh Baptists and their churches. He appears to have begun this work by the turn of the twentieth century and to have continued it into the 1920s, eventually leaving a legacy comprising not only copious autograph notes but also a considerable amount of printed material. As Owen bequeathed this collection to the National Library in 1925 it is assumed that he died around this time.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Evan Owen, per Mr J. T. Wynne Jones; Liverpool; Bequest; 1925

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers, [1871x1921], largely comprising historical and other material by or collected by Evan Owen which relates to the Welsh Baptist churches in Liverpool and surrounding districts, together with material relating to the temperance movement in Liverpool and surrounding districts, and to Baptist churches and the temperance movement in other parts of England and in Wales. Also included in the collection are essays on theological subjects by Evan Owen; letters, 1877-1921, addressed to Evan Owen; and material relating to Susannah Owen, wife of Evan Owen.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 10443-10548.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library. = Disgwylir i ddarllenwyr sydd am ddefnyddio papurau modern yn Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru gydymffurfio รข Deddf Gwarchod Data 1998 yng nghyd-destun unrhyw brosesu ganddynt o ddata personol a gasglwyd o gofnodion modern sydd ar gadw yn y Llyfrgell. Nodir y manylion yn yr wybodaeth a roddir wrth wneud cais am Docyn Darllen.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), pp. 219-226.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

There is a further collection of Evan Owen papers, dated 1816-1921, deposited in the Liverpool Record Office.

See also the collection of Liverpool's Welsh Baptist Papers housed at Bangor University, a description of which can be accessed via the Archives Wales website at (in Welsh) or (in English).

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Publication note

There is some information on Evan Owen's research methods in Ian Sellers: A History of the Liverpool Baptist ... [1962].

Notes area


Title based on contents.


Formerly Evan Owen MSS 1-106.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 10443-10548.

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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

September 2008 & June 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifan. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961); Liverpool Record Office website; Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953); Oxford Dictonary of National Biography on-line;

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  • Text: NLW MSS 10443-10548.