Fonds GB 0210 MSGDYFNALLT - Geraint Dyfnallt Owen MSS,

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Geraint Dyfnallt Owen MSS,


  • 1897-1994 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

30 vols.

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Geraint Dyfnallt Owen (1908-1993), historian and writer, was the son of poet, writer, journalist, Congregational minister and Archdruid John Dyfnallt Owen ('Dyfnallt'). He was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Oxford. During the war years he worked for the BBC in London but also served with the armed forces in Rumania. Owen travelled widely in Europe and was particularly interested in the politics and culture of Brittany; he corresponded with the Breton cultural and religious leader Abbé Jean-Marie (Yann-Vari) Perrot and met with many prominent Breton political activists. A prolific writer of historical, political and cultural significance, Owen's published works include Elizabethan Wales (Cardiff, 1962), Rwmania. Pennod mewn gwleidyddiaeth grym (Aberystwyth, 1951), Crisis in Chubut: a chapter in the history of the Welsh colony in Patagonia (Swansea, 1977) and Y blaidd hud a chwedlau eraill (Aberystwyth, 1949), the latter a series of folktales translated from the Rumanian.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 23317-21, 23323-46; Mr Geraint C. Dyfnallt, nephew of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen; Shrewsbury; Donation; 1994

NLW MS 23322D; Dr Geraint Dyfnallt Owen; Hove; Donation (with other papers including NLW MSS 23878-23882E and NLW, Rosser Family of Llansteffan Papers); October 1979

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Scope and content

Papers, 1897-1994, of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen mainly comprising correspondence and travel journals reflecting Owen's involvement with Welsh and European history, politics and culture. There are also letters, 1929-1951, to and from Owen and his parents the Reverend and Mrs John Dyfnallt Owen. Letters from Breton cultural and religious leader Jean-Marie (Yann-Vari) Perrot, donated with other papers by Dr Geraint Dyfnallt Owen in 1979, have been incorporated in this group (NLW MS 23322D).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23317-23346.

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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

  • Welsh
  • English
  • French
  • Breton

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English, French, Breton.

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Existence and location of originals

Duplicate typescripts of unpublished works included in the donation are part of NLW ex 1653.

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Duplicate typescripts of unpublished works and other miscellaneous papers included in the donation are NLW ex 1653. For tour journals of Geraint Dyfnallt Owen see Owen, Geraint Dyfnallt, 'Dyddiadur taith' in Heddiw, Vol. V, no. 5 (Sept. 1939), pp. 222-225, no. 6 (Oct.-Nov. 1939), pp. 270-277, no. 7 (Dec. 1939), pp. 332-337, no. 9 (Feb. 1940), pp. 434-438, no. 11 (Apr. 1940), pp. 505-510, Vol. VI, no. 2 (July 1940), pp. 48-51, no. 3 (Aug. 1940), pp. 74-76.

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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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2009.


  • 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 IX (Aberystwyth, 2003);

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  • Text: NLW MSS 23317-23346.