Fonds GB 0210 MSJTEVANS - J. T. Evans Manuscripts

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J. T. Evans Manuscripts


  • [17 cent.]-1936 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

51 volumes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Despite a not insubstantial literary output, David Jones ('Dewi Fardd') did not earn much repute as a poet, though he is noted for editing poetic anthologies such as Blodeu Gerdd Cymry (1759). In 1776 he established an extensive and successful printing press at Trefriw. The business was continued by his son Ishmael Davies, his grandson John Jones ('Pyll Glan Conwy') - who transferred the press to Llanrwst in 1825 - and his great-grandson Owen Evan(s) Jones, who traded under the name of 'O. Evans-Jones & Co.' David Jones was also a keen and diligent collector of ancient Welsh manuscripts, many of which have since been deposited at the British Library and the National Library of Wales.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr J. T. Evans, husband of John Jones's ('Pyll Glan Conwy') great-great-granddaughter; Prestatyn; Donation; 1936.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Manuscripts and papers, [1601x1936], relating to the literary activities of David Jones (Dewi Fardd) and particularly to his printing business at Trefriw. The collection includes personal and business correspondence of family members of David Jones, and papers of Gwilym Cowlyd, Ieuan Glan Geirionydd, Gwilym Hiraethog and other literary figures.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 11990-12040.

Conditions of access and use area

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

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

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Notes area


Title based on contents.


Formerly known as J. T. Evans 1-51.

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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

November 2009 and March 2010.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971); Y Bywgraffadur Cymreig on-line site, viewed 26 November 2009;

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