- [c. 1600]-1922 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.934 cubic metres (33 boxes, 1 parcel)
Name of creator
The Rev. Thomas Charles Edwards (1837-1900), minister and academic, was the grandson of Thomas Charles (1755-1814), and son of Lewis Edwards, who had opened a religious academy in Bala (later Bala College) in Bala, Merionethshire, with his brother-in-law, David Charles, to train ministers of the Calvinistic Methodist denomination. Thomas Charles Edwards went to Bala College, and then to Oxford, graduating in 1862. He married Mary, née Roberts, and had four children. He became a minister in Liverpool, Lancashire, and in 1872 was appointed first Principal of the University College of Wales in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire., a post he held until 1891. He became Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1887. In 1891, he became Principal of Bala College, and he died in 1900.
'Lodged in the National Library for safe keeping' in 1919 (see NLWJ, 1 (1940), 152).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Thomas Charles Edwards, grandson of the Rev. Thomas Charles Edwards; Ampleforth; 'Permanent deposit'; 1940.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Manuscripts and papers of the families of Charles and Edwards, dated between [c. 1600] and 1922; they include letters from Thomas Charles Edwards to his wife, and their son Lewis Charles, 1876-1896; letters to Thomas Charles Edwards, 1885-1899; copies of letters, 1859-1898, including correspondence relating to University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; letters to and from Mary Roberts, 1867-; letters to their daughter, Elizabeth Alicia Edwards, 1887-1900; Edwards family letters, 1895-1900; and newspapers and press cuttings, [c. 1820]-1922.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
The papers are arranged into the following: Thomas Charles manuscripts; Lewis Edwards mansucripts; Thomas Charles Edwards manuscripts; and additional letters; the first three, large groups are subdivided into manuscripts and correspondence, further divided by recipient and/or correspondent.
Conditions of access and use area
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.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Welsh, English, French.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
A selection of letters relating to Thomas Charles Edwards's time as Principal of the UCW, Aberystwyth, 1872-1891 were transcribed and edited by T. I. Ellis. They were published as a supplement to the National Library of Wales Journal in 1952-1953.
Title supplied from contents of fonds. The archive includes earlier family papers accumulated by Thomas Charles Edwards and some papers which post-date his death.
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Place access points
Name access points
- University College of Wales (Aberystwyth, Wales) (Subject)
- Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. (Subject)
- Coleg y Bala. (Subject)
- Edwards, Thomas Charles, 1837-1900 -- Archives (Subject)
- Edwards, Elizabeth Alicia. (Subject)
- Edwards, Lewis Charles. (Subject)
- Charles family, of Bala -- Archives (Subject)
- Edwards family, of Chirk -- Archives (Subject)
- Edwards family, of Bala -- Archives (Subject)
- Edwards family, of Chirk. (Subject)
- Charles family, of Bala. (Subject)
- Edwards family, of Bala. (Subject)
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Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH
Level of detail
Dates of creation revision deletion
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Thomas Charles Edwards Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); Williams, J. Gwyn, The University of Wales, 1839-1939 (Cardiff, 1997); Morgan Iwan (ed.), University College of Wales Aberystwyth (Aberystwyth, 1928); Y Goleuad (27 October 1937); Y Cymro (9 July 1922).
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project.