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O. T. Jones Manuscripts,
- [c. 1871]-1966 / (Creation)
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0.191 cubic metres (19 boxes)
Name of creator
Owen Thomas Jones (1878-1967) was Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University. He was born in Beulah, Cardiganshire, and attended the British School in Trewern and Pencader Grammar School. He went to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1896, and graduated with first-class honours in Physics in 1900. He then went to Trinity College, Cambridge, to study geology and mineralogy, 1902-1903. He joined H. M. Geological Survey to survey the western end of the south Wales coalfield. In 1909 he was awarded a DSc by the University of Wales, returned to Aberystwyth to lecture and in 1910 was appointed Professor of Geology. In 1919 he became Professor of Geology at the University of Manchester and in 1930 Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge University. He retired from his post in 1943. Professor Jones published numerous papers and books on the geology of Wales, Britain and North America, 1910-1960. One of the most significant was Lead and zinc: The mining district of North Cardiganshire and West Montgomeryshire (HMSO, 1922). He was President of the Geological and Mineralogical Societies and a fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the Lyell Medal, 1926, the Geological Society's Wollaston Medal, 1945, the Royal Society's Royal Medal, 1956, and an honorary LL. D. by the University of Wales, 1958. He married Ethel May Reynolds of Haverfordwest in 1910 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died on 5 May 1967.
The main group of papers were deposited at the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, by O. T. Jones upon his retirement in 1943 before they were acquired by NLW.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by his son Dr W. D. V. Jones, per the librarian of the Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge, 1968-1972, by W. D. V. Jones, 1974, and by Mr Patrick Ellis Jones, Bangor, 2000.
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Scope and content
Student notes on petrology, 1903; university lectures and notes for lectures given at Aberystwyth and Manchester, 1919-, and at Cambridge, 1931-1938; other lectures and addresses on geological subjects, 1925-1939; material relating to academic and consultative research, undertaken mainy in Wales, 1884-, including material relating to the mineral mining industries and river drainage in Mid Wales; files of personal papers and correspondence, 1913-1943; copies of letters to his wife, 1909-1966; pocket notebooks, [1920s]-[1930s]; theses and papers by other individuals, 1931-1943; photographs and slides, [c. 1903]-; portfolios containing plans, sections, maps and graphs relating to mines, collieries and power stations in Wales and England, [c. 1871]-1935; miscellaneous papers and research notes, 1904-1966.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Arranged into the following: student notes; university lecture courses, Aberystwyth and Manchester; university lecture courses, Cambridge; occasional lectures and addresses; research material; personal papers and correspondence; miscellaneous; supplement to list (1970); additional donation (2000).
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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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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.
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Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some papers collected by O. T. Jones pre-dates his birth.
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Description control area
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, List of Manuscripts of Professor O. T. Jones (1878-1967); Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).