Sub-fonds M - 1968-1997 Purchases and Donations (NLW MSS)

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1968-1997 Purchases and Donations (NLW MSS)


  • 1883-[?1984] (Creation)

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139 volumes.

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NLW MSS 21775-21784, 21869-21872, 21928-21940, 22373-22379, 22807-22814 and 23161-23175 were purchased from Francis Llewellyn Powys (per Bertram Rota), December 1981, October 1982, January 1983, February 1985, October 1986 and May 1990.
NLW MS 21873C was donated by Phyllis Playter, September 1968.
NLW MS 22053E was donated by David E. Hughes, Llandudno, November 1984 (A1984/169).
NLW MSS 22206-22241 were purchased from Francis Llewellyn Powys (per Bertram Rota Ltd), April 1986.
NLW MSS 22506-22513 were purchased from Michael Tracy, Maidenhead, December 1987.
NLW MSS 23493-23506 were purchased at auction at Sotheby's, Lot 488, 22 July 1983.
NLW MSS 23582-23584D were purchased from Dylan's Bookstore, March 1997 (B1997/19).
NLW MSS 23672-23691 were purchased from Francis Llewellyn Powys (per Bertram Rota Ltd), November 1983.

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Scope and content

Papers, [c. 1893]-1988, of John Cowper Powys, some published posthumously, which include letters, both to John Cowper Powys and to his companion, Phyllis Playter, as well as drafts of works, both published and unpublished, diaries, lectures and essays. The correspondence includes over eight hundred love letters, 1921-1932, from John Cowper Powys to Phyllis Player; some six hundred and forty letters and cards, 1925 and 1935-1955, from Littleton Charles Powys to his brother, John Cowper Powys; some four hundred and fifty letters, 1942-1962, from John Cowper Powys and other members of his family to Gilbert Turner, and some three hundred and fifty letters, 1945-1969, from Turner to John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Player; and over two hundred letters, 1924-1967, from Alyse Gregory, widow of Llewelyn Powys, to Phyllis Playter.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 21775-21784, 21869-21873, 21928-21940, 22053E, 22206-22241, 22373-22379, 22506-22513, 22807-22814, 23161-23175, 23493-23506, 23582-23584, 23672-23691.

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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.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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English, Welsh, Middle Welsh, French and Latin.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available, together with a detailed list of contents, in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 8 (Aberystwyth, 1999) and Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Dates of creation revision deletion

December 2005, February 2009 and May 2009.




Archivist's note

Description compiled by Geraint Phillips and Bethan Ifan.

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