David Salmon Papers

Scope and Content

Papers of David Salmon, 1700-1953, including personal and family papers and photographs, 1867-1950; correspondence, 1901, 1921-1942; deeds, 1700-1872, relating to properties in Haverfordwest, Pembroke and elsewhere in Pembrokeshire, and in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire; papers relating to Swansea Training College, 1870-1948, and education in general, 1914-1936; papers relating to Joseph Lancaster, 1806-1944, and to the French Invasion, 1800-1944; articles by DS, 1877-1944; lectures, 1892-1933; notes and notebooks, 1878-1942; newspaper cuttings, 1874-1940; newspapers and periodicals, 1815-1932; catalogues of books belonging to DS, [20th century]; items relating to American visit, 1897-1901; Simplified Spelling Society papers, 1870-1929; papers relating to Shakespeare, 1920-1940; photographs and pictures, [1888]-1943; and copies of books written or edited by DS, 1887-1932.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Salmon (1852-1944) was principal of Swansea Training College, Swansea, Glamorgan. He was born in Newport, Pembrokeshire; he studied at Borough Road Training College, London, 1870-1871, then became the headmaster of a school at Belvedere Place, Borough Road, 1875-1891. From 1891 to 1922, he was principal of the Swansea Training College for women. He was a prolific writer of school textbooks and other works, including a biography of Borough Road's founder, Joseph Lancaster (1778-1838), and volumes on the French Invasion of 1797. He also wrote articles on Welsh and Pembrokeshire history and contributed to Pembrokeshire newspapers. He married Mary Wiedhofft (d 1925) in 1876, and had five children. In 1899, he visited the United States. In 1922, he retired to Narberth, Pembrokeshire, and died in Lampeter Velfrey, Pembrokeshire, in 1944.


Arranged into the following: personal and family papers; correspondence; deeds; Swansea activities; education activities; Lancaster and Bell; French invasion; articles; lectures; notes; newspaper cuttings; catalogues of David Salmon's books; American visit; Simplified Spelling Society; Shakesperean interest; newspapers; exercise books; societies; photographs and pictures; miscellaneous; and books.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr G. A. Dickman, County Librarian, 1968.


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, David Salmon Papers, catalogue; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further notebooks of David Salmon are in the National Library of Wales.