File NLW MS 24059E. - Rev. B. G. Rees papers

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NLW MS 24059E.


Rev. B. G. Rees papers


  • 1935-1945 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

127 ff.

Placed in melinex sleeves within ringed box at NLW.

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Name of creator

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mrs Ann Griffith, niece of B. G. Rees; Chesterfield; Donation (with NLW ex 2866 and NLW Photo Album 5302D); April 2014; 006741842.

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Scope and content

Papers, 1935-1945, of the Rev. B. George Rees, Curate of Llangynwyd, Maesteg (1936-38), and Laleston (1938-44), Rector of Llansannor (1944-48), and a WEA lecturer on literature at the Maesteg Unemployed Centre and elsewhere. The papers include letters, 1939-1940, from a number of authors and poets, responding to requests by Rees for their thoughts on lecture subjects such as 'Life and Literature'.
The respondents include W. H. Auden, [1939] (ff. 2-3), Winston Churchill, 17 January 1939 (f. 8), C. Day Lewis, [?1939]-1940 (ff. 10-12), Aldous Huxley, 27 March 1940 (f. 16), Glyn Jones, April 1939-February 1940 (ff. 19-27), Herbert E. Palmer, February-March 1940 (ff. 35-44), John Cowper Powys, February-March 1940 (ff. 45-47), J. B. Priestley, 10 January 1939 (f. 48), Dylan Thomas, September 1939-February 1940 (ff. 56-60), and Emlyn Williams, 8 February 1940 (f. 63); a few respondents, such as Glyn Jones (f. 25) and Dylan Thomas (ff. 59-60), supplied Rees with brief essays. Also included are notes, newspaper cuttings and other papers relating to Rees's lectures (ff. 66-91); and papers, 1935-1945, relating to his Church career, including letters and telegrams concerning his Institution at Llansannor, August-September 1944 (ff. 92-100), sermon notes (ff. 102-109), and parish magazines and pages from annual reports relating to Laleston, 1935-1944 (ff. 110-120).

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System of arrangement

Arranged at NLW as follows: literary correspondence; notes; cuttings; personal papers.

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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.

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

For signed photographs of some of the correspondents, donated with the manuscript, see NLW Photo Album 5302D; for Rees's scrap-book and W. H. Auden proofs see NLW ex 2866.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 24059E.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

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


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Dates of creation revision deletion

October 2014.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones

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