Fonds GB 0210 MSWJPARRY - William John Parry Manuscripts

The Welsh Patagonian Gold Fields Syndicate, The Welsh Patagonian Gold Fields Syndicate,

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William John Parry Manuscripts


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146 vols

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Biographical history

William John Parry (1842-1927), Labour leader and author, was born in Bethesda, Caernarvonshire. He was industrious in the field of politics throughout his life and proposed several measures which were largely ignored at the time as they were considered too revolutionary. Parry was a member of Caernarvonshire's first county council in 1889 and became its chairman in 1892-1893. He was also instrumental in establishing the North Wales Quarrymen's Union in 1874 and published many books relating to the quarries and their workers.

Archival history

NLW MSS 5778-5788 may have belonged to Robert Williams, Fron Deg, Bangor, author of Corph o Dduwinyddiaeth, neu Draethawd ar Etholedigaeth a Rhagarfaethiad ... (Bangor, 1831).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from the library of William John Parry, 1932.

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Scope and content

A collection which comprises mainly of papers relating to North Wales quarries, including union rules, minutes, bank pass books, correspondence, circulars, deeds, etc.; also included are papers of the musician Richard Samuel Hughes, a manuscript possibly in the hand of Samuel Angier (1639-1713), addresses and lectures, sermons, a bibliography, journals, an autobiography, correspondence, poetry and miscellaneous notes, transcripts and extracts by W. J. Parry, together with poetry by other authors and correspondence, and notes relating to W. J. Parry's work on Rowland Williams ('Hwfa Môn').

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System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 5775-5789, 8733-8863.

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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.

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Language of material

  • English
  • Welsh

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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 II (Aberystwyth, 1951) and in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).

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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

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

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951), Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961), Lloyd, Sir J. E., Jenkins, R. T., Davies, Sir W. Ll. (eds), Y Bywgraffiadur Cymreig hyd 1940 (Llundain, 1953).

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