Fonds GB 0210 HOWANS - Howell T. Evans Papers,

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Howell T. Evans Papers,


  • 1877-1982 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.047 cubic metres (3 boxes)

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Howell Thomas Evans (1877-1950) was a historian and schoolmaster. He was born at Swansea, Glamorganshire in 1877, the second son of John Evans, a steel worker, and his wife Mary. He attended Swansea Grammar School, the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and St John's College, Cambridge. He held teaching posts in Carmarthen and Cardiff before becoming headmaster of the County School, Aberaeron, Cardiganshire, from 1917 until his retirement in 1944. He was President of the Welsh Secondary Schools Association, 1940, and vociferously pursued his ideas regarding education. He produced a number of history textbooks, including The Making of Modern Wales (1912), Wales and the Wars of the Roses (1915) and The Age of Expansion (1933). He also broadcast on BBC Radio. In 1904 he married Gwenllian Howells, of Briton Ferry, Glamorgan. He died at Aberaeron on 30 April 1950 and was buried at Cardiff. He had four sons, including Lyn, who published a biography of his father, Portrait of a Pioneer, in 1982.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by his son, Mr Lyn Evans, Cyncoed, Cardiff, 1983, 1984.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Papers of Howell T. Evans, 1877-1982, including family and general correspondence, 1904-1949; diaries, 1899-1936; diaries of Mrs Gwenllian Evans, 1936-1938; newspaper cuttings of reviews and articles, 1899-1934; publishing contracts and related papers, 1907-1938; notes for radio broadcasts and entries in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1945-1949; biographical material, 1877-1978; list of books published, 1908-1934; printed material, 1916-1956; and items relating to Portrait of a Pioneer, [1982].

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 the following: correspondence; diaries; notes, printed material and miscellanea (1983 donation); and correspondence; diaries; notes, printed material and miscellanea; and newspaper cuttings (1984 donation).

Conditions of access and use area

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.

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Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1983, pp. 10-11, and 1984, p. 24, at the National Library of Wales.

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Family and school photographs are in NLW, Special Collections (PE 2536-72, 3369). Radio scripts are in NLW, British Broadcasting Corporation (Cymru/Wales) Scripts.

Related descriptions

Publication note

The archive was used by his son Lyn Evans to compile the biography, Portrait of a Pioneer (Llandybie, 1982).

Notes area


Title supplied from contents of fonds. Items accumulated by his son post-date his death.

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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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Rhys Jones and Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: National Library of Wales, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1983, 1984; Stephens, Meic, Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales (Oxford, 1986); and Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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