Fonds NLW MSS 23440-23462. - Robert Jones Derfel MSS,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 23440-23462.


Robert Jones Derfel MSS,


  • 1842-ca. 1955 / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

23 vols.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Poet and socialist Robert Jones (later Robert Jones Derfel) was born on a farm situated between Llandderfel and Bethel in Merionethshire. He was for a time a Baptist preacher but turned to socialism and agnosticism and left the Church around 1865. He was one of the founders, in 1890, of the Manchester and District Fabian Society and wrote numerous articles, in both English and Welsh, on socialism, some of which were published at the Welsh bookshop and printing press he established in Manchester during the 1860s. A Welsh nationalist and accomplished poet, Derfel was successful at a number of eisteddfodau.

Archival history

The papers were donated to the Library in accordance with the wishes of Mrs Gladys Dolman, granddaughter of R. J. Derfel, from whom the donor T. J. Roberts had acquired them.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Mr T. J. Roberts; Hampstead; Donation; 1995

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Correspondence and papers, 1842-c. 1955, of poet and socialist Robert Jones Derfel and including letters and cards, c. 1852-1905, from various correspondents; poetry and sermons, 1842-1913; scrapbooks, 1855-1905, containing material relating to Welsh socialism, etc.; books and pamphlets; and research material, 1911-c. 1955, compiled by T. J. Roberts in the course of his study of Robert Jones Derfel.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23440-23462.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • Welsh
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Title based on contents.


Preferred citation: NLW MSS 23440-23462.

Alternative identifier(s)

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Description identifier

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


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

April 2009.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940, 1953;

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