Fonds GB 0210 SJEVANS - S. J. Evans Papers,

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S. J. Evans Papers,


  • [1645]-1936 (accumulated [c.1890s]-1936) / (Creation)

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0.114 cubic metres (4 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Samuel James Evans (1870-1938), was born at Llandysul, Cardiganshire, and educated at UCW Aberystwyth, graduating BA (Lond.) in 1892 and MA in 1894. He became the first headmaster of Welshpool County School for Boys in 1895, and the first headmaster of Llangefni County School in 1897, a post which he held until his retirement in 1935. He was awarded an OBE in 1929 for public and educational services. He was a member of the Departmental Committee on Rural Education in Wales, the Central Welsh Board, the University Court, the Council of UCNW Bangor, the governing bodies of St Mary's College and the Normal College Bangor, was chairman of the North Wales Secondary Schools' Employment Committee and the Anglesey Juvenile Unemployment Committee, and secretary of the Montgomeryshire Association of Headmasters and Headmistresses. S. J. Evans was also involved in the religious and cultural life of Wales and was a member of various religious committees. He was the chairman of the Anglesey Committee of the Council for the Preservation of Rural Wales, the Anglesey Rural Community Council, the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, the Anglesey Eisteddfod Association and the Llangefni Silver Band Committee. His publications include various articles and textbooks on Welsh grammar. In 1902 he published for the Guild of Graduates an annotated version of Theophilus Evans's Drych y Prif Oesoedd, and in 1920, Crynhodeb Byr o Gyfansoddiad yr Eglwys yng Nghymru being a translation of Frank Morgan's Short Summary of the Constitution of the Church in Wales. He edited Chaucer's Prologue and Knight's Tale when he was a member of the staff of the University Tutorial College, and The Curricula of Secondary Schools, 1925. As well as suggesting a new collection of Welsh hymns he was the secretary of the committee which published Emynau'r Eglwys in 1941, and also wrote the preface to Llyfr Gwyliau Corawl Esgobaeth Bangor/Bangor Diocesan Festival Book.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased in 1960.

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Scope and content

Papers and books from the library of Samuel James Evans, 1668, 1782-1824, [1860x1938], comprising papers of educational interest, including papers relating to the Departmental Committee on Rural Education in Wales, 1927-1930, papers relating to rural education in general, 1911, 1925-1928, Llangefni County School, 1908-1935, and education in general, including publications and papers of various institutions, societies and committees, [after 1883-1936]; pamphlets mainly relating to education and the Church in Wales, [1904x1938]; newspaper cuttings relating to education, general topics and derivations, meaning, spelling and variations of Welsh words, [c.1919]-[1930]; letters to S. J. Evans relating mainly to education, [c. 1920]-1936; papers relating to the history of Anglesey, including notes and scrapbooks, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, letters to S. J. Evans, related and miscellaneous matter, [1645x1938]; miscellaneous papers, 1668x1935]; together with the published works of S. J. Evans, 1909-1911.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: education, pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, letters to S. J. Evans relating to education, history of Anglesey, miscellaneous and published work of S. J. Evans in chronological order.

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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

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds. Some of the papers pre-date the life of S.J. Evans.

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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

February 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of S.J. Evans Papers.

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