Fonds GB 0210 MSTOMSTP - Thomas Stephens Manuscripts

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Thomas Stephens Manuscripts


  • [1830s]-1876 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

63 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Thomas Stephens (1821-1875), antiquary and critic, was born in Pont Neath Vaughan, Glamorgan. He worked as a chemist in Merthyr Tydfil. From 1840 he was known as an 'eisteddfodwr', winning the prize at Abergavenny in 1848 for his dissertation on early Welsh literature. Stephens was also author of several essays and other works, including The Literature of the Kymry, first published in 1849.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Miss M. M. Davis and Mr R. R. Davis, the surviving representatives of Thomas Stephens per Major Frank Treharne James, Solicitor, Merthyr, July 1916.

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Scope and content

A collection consisting mainly of essays and literary extracts by Stephens. Some of the works were submitted as competitive pieces at eisteddfodau.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 904-966.

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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 laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, Welsh, unless otherwise specified.

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Finding aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).

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See also the Llywarch Reynolds MSS collection.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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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

July 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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  • Text: Thomas Stephens Manuscripts.