- 1590-1964 (accumulated 1890-1964) / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.123 cubic metres (71 volumes)
Name of creator
John Thomas Evans (1869-1941), was the second son of Captain Titus and Mrs Elizabeth Evans of Ty Rhos, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. He became a priest in the Church of England in 1892, and later rector of Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, where he stayed until 1935. His prime interest was in Church antiquities, mainly in church plate. Between 1905 and 1928, he published six volumes describing the church plate of every parish in the diocese of St Davids, and two volumes on church plate of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. He wrote articles on antiquarian matters, particularly on those concerning Pembrokeshire. Thomas Henry Evans, a mining engineer, travelled the world in connection with his work, including to Alaska and the Transvaal. He was interested in the local history of Fishguard. The Rev. A. Wade-Evans (1875-1964), rector of Wrabness, Essex and historian.
At one time, J. T. Evans had intended to give the collection to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, but subsequently changed his mind. Four volumes, numbered MSS 47, 52, 59 and 60, noted in the catalogue were not received by NLW. MSS 61-71 were a subsequent donation by A. W. Wade-Evans, added to the 'Titus & Elizabeth Evans MSS'; the main group of A. W. Wade-Evans's papers form a separate archive.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Donated by Selina C. Evans, in 1943 with additions in 1978 by Mrs M. Phillips, Hitchin.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers of and acquired by John Thomas Evans and his brother A. W. Wade-Evans 1590-1964, largely antiquarian in interest, comprising transcripts, mostly by J. T. Evans, of church records, 1902-1932, including parish registers for Haverfordwest, St Nicholas, Grandston, Llanwnda, Llanychlwydog and Llanllawer, Newport, Llanstinan, Fishguard, Nevern, Meline, and Dinas (St Brynach's), all of Pembrokeshire, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire and Rockingham, Northamptonshire; monumental inscriptions from Llanwnda and Newport churchyard, Manorowen and Fishguard, Pembrokeshire and Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire; and notebooks of some eminent Welshmen; printed articles and cuttings, -; drawings, [1898x1909]; rubbings of armorials from Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire altar vessels; correspondence, 1891-1940, addressed to J. T. Evans, A. W. Wade-Evans and various members of the Evans family, including a group of letters sent from Thomas Henry Evans when he was in South Africa; documents, articles and letters, 1766-1939, relating to various aspects of the interests and life of J. T. Evans in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire; historical and antiquarian material and notes, 1904-1938; miscellaneous collected printed material, manuscripts and deeds, 1579-; personal documents of J. T. Evans and A. W. Wade-Evans, such as licences and certificates, 1895-1964; together with some papers of their brother Thomas Henry Evans, including A copy of Y Llyfr Grôt a book written by T. H. Evans, of his experiences as a mining engineer in the Yukon district, Alaska, 1914; essays by and copied by T. H. Evans, [1859x1920]; and letters, [1859x1920].
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Action: All records donated to NLW have been retained.
Accruals are not expected.
System of arrangement
Original volumes retained. The material in volumes 64-71 was arranged into volumes and bound at NLW.
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
English, a few essays in Welsh.
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
Title derived from John Thomas Evans' wish that the collection be named after his parents. Some of the papers pre-date the lives of Thomas Henry Evans, Arthur W. Wade-Evans and Thomas Henry Evans.
Virtua system control number
Subject access points
- Law -- Wales.
- Deeds -- England -- Stow-in-the-Wold.
- Antiquarians -- Wales -- Archives.
- Church records and registers -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire
- Church records and registers -- England -- Gloucestershire
- Church plate -- England -- Gloucestershire.
- Church plate -- Wales -- Carmarthenshire.
- Church plate -- Wales -- Pembrokeshire.
- Church plate -- Wales -- Radnorshire.
- Christian antiquities -- Wales.
- World War, 1914-1918.
Genre access points
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
Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources was used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Schedule of Titus and Elizabeth Evans Papers, 1994.