Fonds GB 0210 MALIEVANS - Mali Evans Family Papers

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Mali Evans Family Papers


  • 1891-1990 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.108 cubic metres(12 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Evans (d. 1949) of Tre-boeth, Pembrokeshire, had a shop and three houses built for himself at Vergam Terrace, Fishguard in 1907. He was a composer, eisteddfodwr and music shop proprietor. He was appointed as an examiner for the Tonic Solfa College in 1891. His daughter, Mali Evans (d. 1991), continued to live at Vergam Terrace and was active in Cymdeithas Cymry Ariannin ym Mhrydain and Undeb Cymry ar Wasgar, and corresponded with a number of Welsh composers and historians of the time.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by Mali Evans of Fishguard in three separate deposits, in May 1988, August 1990 and June 1991; additional deposit made by Dr Rhidian Griffiths, Aberystwyth, in March 2019.

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Scope and content

Papers of John Evans (d.c.1949) of Tre-boeth and Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, including an autobiographical essay,[c. 1949], programmes of eisteddfodau and singing festivals with which he was associated, 1891-1949, manuscript music composed by him, 1893-1948, his eisteddfod adjudications,[c. 1912]-1926, and records and papers relating to his music shop, 1913-1941; papers of his -- daughter Mali Evans d. 1991), including papers, some collected, relating to the Welsh colony in Patagonia and the Welsh diaspora, [c. 1895]-1987, and letters from her uncle, Jack Edwards of Aberystwyth, bookseller, musician and Esperanto enthusiast, 1928-1935, and correspondence of Arthur W. Wade-Evans (1875-1964), Welsh historian, and his daughter Mary Phillips to Mali Evans together with printed articles presented by Arthur W. Wade-Evans to Mali Evans. Four additional items from the printers Lowe & Brydone pertaining to 'Môr o gân yw Cymru i gyd', including receipts and a letter, dated 1928 and 1938, from among the papers of John Evans, were received in March 2019.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records deposited at NLW have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

System of arrangement

Arranged into three sections within each deposit: family papers, personal papers, and Arthur Wade-Evans papers.

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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 laws apply

Language of material

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, Spanish

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The papers are listed in NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1988, pp. 20-22, 1991, pp. 30-31, and 1992, p. 31. Hard copies of the catalogues are available at NLW and HMC.

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Related units of description

Further papers relating to the Welsh colony in Patagonia are NLW, Cymdeithas Cymry Ariannin ym Mhrydain and further papers relating to the Welsh diaspora are NLW, Undeb Cymry ar Wasgar. Further papers relating to Arthur W. Wade-Evans are NLW, A. W. Wade-Evans Papers (these remain uncatalogued).

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Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2001. Revised March 2019.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Stephen Benham. Revised by L. Hobson.

Archivist's note

The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW Catalogues of Mali Evans Papers(NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1988, pp. 20-22, 1991, pp. 30-31, and 1992, p. 31).

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