Keidrych Rhys manuscripts

Scope and Content

Papers, 1936-1986, of literary journalist, editor and poet William Ronald Rees Jones (Keidrych Rhys), comprising a significant amount of correspondence, 1936-1986, from numerous individuals, largely in the recipient's capacity as editor of Wales magazine and including literary articles, poetry, etc. submitted for publication; miscellaneous papers, 1936-1938, 1943-1969, relating to the Wales magazine and consisting mainly of publicity and editorial material; articles, both published and unpublished, and notes, [1950s]-[1960s], by Keidrych Rhys, mainly relating to literature and the arts; and drafts of apparently unpublished poetry, [1950s]-[1960s], by Keidrych Rhys.

Administrative / Biographical History

Keidrych Rhys, literary journalist, editor and poet, was born William Ronald Rees Jones in Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire. In 1937 he founded the pioneering and highly influential magazine Wales, which invited contributions from an array of prominent writers such as Alun Lewis, Saunders Lewis, Dylan Thomas and Robert Graves and which effectively created the concept of Anglo-Welsh literature. Rhys also published a poetic anthology of his own entitled The Van Pool (London, 1942).

Arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22744-22745, 23416-23429.

Access Information

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their Readers' Tickets.

Acquisition Information

NLW MSS 22744-22745; Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction; 1990
NLW MSS 23416-23429; Mrs Eva Rhys, widow of Keidrych Rhys; Donation; 1995

Note

Keidrych Rhys, literary journalist, editor and poet, was born William Ronald Rees Jones in Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire. In 1937 he founded the pioneering and highly influential magazine Wales, which invited contributions from an array of prominent writers such as Alun Lewis, Saunders Lewis, Dylan Thomas and Robert Graves and which effectively created the concept of Anglo-Welsh literature. Rhys also published a poetic anthology of his own entitled The Van Pool (London, 1942).

Title based on contents.

Archivist's Note

April 2009.

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); Wikipedia on-line site, viewed 28 April 2009; Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru (Llandysul, 1986);

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Related Material

Proofs and miscellaneous printed material are NLW ex 1688. See also the Keidrych Rhys fonds at the University of Victoria Archives and Special Collections, British Columbia, Canada.

Additional Information

Published

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales