- [17 cent.]-[19 cent.] (Creation)
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Name of creator
Edward Humphrey Owen (1850-1904), of Tŷ Coch, Caernarvon, was a book-collector and local historian. His interests led him to accumulate a large library mainly relating to Welsh matters.
Some of the manuscripts were formerly in the possession of Jonathan Jones, surveyor of taxes, Caernarvon. See also file level descriptions.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Purchased from Edward Humphrey Owen's representative in 1910.
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Scope and content
A collection of manuscripts from the library of Edward Humphrey Owen, including pedigrees, wills and transcripts relating to North Wales; a poor rate assessment book, 1788; seventeenth and nineteenth century surveys of Caernarvonshire; material on ancient British history; the libretto of a comic opera dated [c. 1790]; collections of Welsh poetry; eighteenth century interludes; an account book of Peter Bailey Williams (1763-1836), 1815-1817; letters, 1887-1888, to Edward Humphrey Jones; an account of the National Eisteddfod held at Caernarfon, 1821; and other items.
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System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 815-868.
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Language and script notes
English, Welsh, unless otherwise specified
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The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).
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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
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The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943), and The Dictionary of Welsh Biography Down to 1940 (Oxford, 1959).
This description was compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.