Fonds GB 0210 TIMWIS - Timothy Lewis Papers,

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Timothy Lewis Papers,


  • 1853-1955 (accumulated [?1905]-[1958]) / (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.048 cubic metres (38 boxes)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Timothy Lewis (1877-1958), Welsh literary scholar, was born in Efail-wen, Cilymaenllwyd, Pembrokeshire. He graduated from University College, Cardiff, in 1904, and went on to undertake research into early Welsh at Manchester and Berlin. He joined the University College, Aberystwyth, in 1910 as assistant lecturer and later became reader in Celtic Palaeography. He served in the Royal Artillery in France, 1915-1918. Timothy Lewis married Nellie Myfanwy Evans (1885-1968) in 1910, and had a son and a daughter.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The main body of papers was donated to the National Library of Wales by his widow, Mrs Nellie Lewis, Aberystwyth, in 1959. In addition, various items were donated by, and purchased from, Timothy Lewis between 1953 and 1958.

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Scope and content

Papers of Timothy Lewis, 1853-1955, including works by him, transcripts of manuscripts of Welsh literature and Welsh law, and correspondence. The archive also comprises substantial groups of the papers of his friend, J. Gwenogvryn Evans (1852-1930), which mainly consist of transcripts of manuscripts and correspondence; and of his father-in-law, Beriah Gwynfe Evans (1848-1927), including works by him, and letters.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into the following: Dr J. Gwenogvryn Evans Papers; Beriah Gwynfe Evans Papers; and Timothy Lewis Papers.

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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, German.

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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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Further papers are held at NLW, including a volume of notes taken by Timothy Lewis at J. Gwenogvryn Evans's lectures on palaeography at the University of Manchester, 1906-7, his registration book in the University of Berlin, 1908-9, and a bibliography of material relating to the history of Wales by Professor E. A. Lewis, 1900 (NLW MS 16394D); the original manuscripts of two articles contributed by Timothy Lewis to Aberystwyth Studies, on 'St. Cadvan's Stone, Towyn' (NLW MS 6879B), and 'The Evolution of the Welsh Home' (NLW MS 6880E); a manuscript copy of his review, in Zeitschrift für Ortsnamenforschung, 1930, of Enwau Lleoedd Sir Gaernarfon by Professor J. Lloyd Jones, Dublin (NLW MS 6749C); and the author's copy-manuscript and typescript of his book, Beirdd a Bardd-rin Cymru Fu, (Aberystwyth, 1929) (NLW MS 6435E).

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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

March 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959); 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

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