Fonds GB 0210 MSJCDAVIES - Jonathan Ceredig Davies manuscripts,

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Jonathan Ceredig Davies manuscripts,


  • [1879x1932]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

13 vols.

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Biographical history

Jonathan Ceredig Davies (1859-1932), traveller, author and genealogist, was born in Llangunllo, Cardiganshire. In 1875, aged 16, he emigrated to the Welsh colony in Patagonia, returning to Wales in 1891. He visited Western Australia in 1898 and 1907, studying the native people and doing much to promote religious and cultural issues amongst the Welsh and English settlers. He also travelled to France and Spain in 1924 but spent the remainder of his life in his native Wales. Many of his published works relate to Patagonia and to his other travels.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bequeathed in 1932.

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Scope and content

The manuscripts of J. C. Davies, comprising material relating to Patagonia: a description of the country; notes on the folklore of Brittany and on folklore in general; correspondence; sermon notes; press cuttings; and miscellaneous extracts and notes.

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 8545-8557.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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English, Welsh, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;

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  • Text: J. C. Davies Manuscripts.