Fonds GB 0210 LESANS - Leslie Wynne Evans Papers,

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Leslie Wynne Evans Papers,


  • [1846x1985] (accumulated [1930x1985]) / (Creation)

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0.258 cubic metres (9 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Dr Leslie Wynne Evans (1911-1985) was Reader in the Department of Education, University College, Cardiff, Glamorgan. He researched into industry in South Wales, focusing on metalworking industries in Carmarthenshire, and the history of education in Wales. His PhD, completed in 1953, was concerned with the Works Schools of the industrial revolution in Wales. His research included the work of Sir John Herbert Lewis (1858-1933), Liberal MP, and Sir Alfred T. Davies, (1861-1949), the first Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Department of the Board of Education. Dr Evans contributed to the second volume of A History of Carmarthenshire, edited by J. E. Lloyd, in 1939. He also published Education in Industrial Wales: 1700-1900 (1971), and Studies in Welsh education, 1880-1925 (1974). He became a member of the National Geographic Society in 1955. He was married to Megan Wynne Evans; he died in 1985.

Archival history

The archive includes material loaned by Mrs Kitty Idwal Jones to Dr Leslie Wynne Evans, 1916-1923, relating primarily to her father, Sir John Herbert Lewis, and his work as Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education, and further correspondence, 1907-1911, from O. M. Edwards, discussing his work as the first Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales. These were evidently not returned to Mrs Jones, and were among the papers of Leslie Wynne Evans donated to the NLW in November 1985 by Mrs Megan Wynne Evans, following her husband's death.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by his widow, Mrs Megan Wynne Evans, Cardiff, 1986.

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Scope and content

Papers of Leslie Wynne Evans, [1846x1985], including correspondence, 1931-1974, many of which relating to his research work; research papers and source materials, [1846x1985], including papers of Sir John Herbert Lewis, 1916-1923 and Sir Alfred T. Davies [1904x1949], correspondence of O. M. Edwards, 1907-1911, and xerox copies of Board of Education records, 1880-[c. 1920]; drafts and fragments of articles, chapters etc, [1930x1985]; miscellaneous papers including papers relating to University College, Cardiff, 1962-1977, notes, articles, maps and photographs, [1937]-[1977].

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following groups: early personalia; research papers, source materials; Sir Alfred T. Davies; Central Welsh Board; Public Record Office, Board of Education records; research papers, correspondence; research papers, notes; drafts of articles, chapters, etc.; Education in Industrial Wales; Studies in Welsh education; and miscellanea.

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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.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply.

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Language and script notes

English, Welsh.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries, 1986, pp. 18-25, at the National Library of Wales.

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Further papers relating to Sir John Herbert Lewis and his family are NLW, Sir John Herbert Lewis and Kitty Idwal Jones Papers, and Flintshire Record Office, Sir J. Herbert Lewis MSS.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the records acquired by Dr Leslie Wynne Evans pre-date his birth.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003


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Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1986; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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  • Text: Leslie Wynne Evans Papers.