File NLW MS 16213C. - Hugh Owen Thomas and Sir Robert Jones : biographical materials,

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NLW MS 16213C.


Hugh Owen Thomas and Sir Robert Jones : biographical materials,


  • [?1918]-[?1939] (Creation)

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104 ff.

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Biographical history

Sir Alfred Thomas Davies (1861-1949) received his university education in Aberystwyth and later became a solicitor in Liverpool. He was permanent secretary to the Welsh department of the Board of Education from its establishment in 1907 until 1925. During the 1914-18 war he was instrumental in the establishment of the British Prisoners of War Book Scheme (Educational), a project designed to provide educational books to students in prisoners' camps to enable them to continue their studies and even to acquire professional and academic qualifications. He was the author of Student captives: an account of the work of the British prisoners of war book scheme (educational) (1917), Student captives: a further account of the work of the British prisoners of war book scheme (educational) (1918), Light through prison bars: some war-time adventures in education, The Lloyd George I knew (1948), and Robert Owen (1771-1858): pioneer, social reformer and philanthropist: a memoir (1948).

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Sir Alfred T. Davies; Brighton; Donation; November 1941

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Scope and content

Papers, [?1918]-[?1939], collected by Sir Alfred T. Davies, concerning the orthopaedic surgeons Hugh Owen Thomas and Sir Robert Jones. They include some seventeen letters to Davies, [1920s]-1933 (ff. 1-43, 100), along with printed items, press cuttings and miscellaneous notes relating mainly to Hugh Owen Thomas, [?1918]-[?1939] (ff. 44-72), and mainly to Sir Robert Jones, 1933-1937 (ff. 73-104).
The correspondents include Sir Robert Jones, [1920s]-1932 (ff. 1-4), C. L. R. Thomas, February-March 1933 (ff. 21-22, 27-42), and May McKisack, 19 July 1933 (f. 43); included among the letters are notes in Welsh, by the Rev. John Owen, on the Anglesey ancestry of Thomas and Jones (ff. 7-11), with an English translation (ff. 24-26), and a typescript draft of C. L. R. Thomas's memoir of his uncle Hugh Owen Thomas (ff. 28-40).

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Arranged at NLW as follows: correspondence; Hugh Owen Thomas; Sir Robert Jones.

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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.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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  • English
  • Welsh

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English, some Welsh.

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For papers relating to Hugh Owen Thomas and Sir Robert Jones see also NLW MS 13914C; NLW, Papurau Gwenith Gwyn 1287/37; and NLW Facs 369/20. For other papers of Sir Alfred T. Davies see NLW, Alfred T. Davies Papers and NLW MSS 16212C, 16214-5.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 16213C.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2007 and June 2014.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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