A collection of 334 items, containing a prominent group of memoranda books and papers belonging to the Rev. Roger Edwards of Mold, father of Lady Henry Lewis. These include notes of sermons delivered by him between 1830 and 1880; notes and synopses of sermons by some of the leading Calvinistic Methodist preachers of the first half of the nineteenthh century; reports, impressions and memories of the CM Associations at Bala, Caernarfon, Abergele and Llanrwst, 1842 and 1843, and at Bangor and Holywell, 1853; minutes of the North Wales Association, 1840, 1848 and 1849 and a list of monthly meetings (Denbighshire and Flintshire) at which Roger Edwards preached, 1835 and 1856.
Among other papers of religious interest, the earliest of which belonged to Sir Henry Lewis's father, Thomas Lewis, are; resolutions and miscellaneous reports of the Arfon Monthly Meeting, 1857-63; accounts of the Caernarfonshire C. M. Associations, 1859-1907; accounts of the Bangor and district Sunday Schools, 1864; other material relating to the activities of the C. M. churches in the Arfon Monthly Meeting district, 1864-72; minutes and accounts of the Bangor Auxiliary Bible Society, 1845-99; schedule of deeds of C. M. churches in the Arfon district compiled from answers to a questionnaire sent out in 1876; documents and miscellaneous memoranda relating to Lonpopty, Tabernacl and Princes Road churches, Bangor, 1862-1906; and original deeds pertaining to the Well Street Baptist chapel, Bangor, 1813 and 1856.
In another group there are papers testifying to Sir Henry Lewis's deep interest in educational matters, particularly in the Bangor area. These include notes and statistics concerning the schools in the parish of Bangor, 1881-92; Bangor School Board estimates, 1883-1903; papers concerning the establishment and early history of the Bangor Intermediate School for Girls, 1890-1905; the rebuilding and administration of Friars School, 1891-1918; the renovation and reorganisation of Bangor Normal College, 1900-05; the claims of Bangor as a site for an University College, 1883, and negotiations for a new site for the college, 1899-1902. Also pertaining to Bangor are the papers and documents relating to the affairs of the local Board of Health and the City Council, 1879-1905, and the Corporation Workmen's Strike of 1918.
The parliamentary interests of Thomas Lewis and his son Sir Henry are reflected in the former's returns of expenses in the Anglesey contests of 1886 and 1892, and in the material accumulated by the latter during the contest in 1900 for the Caernarfon borough seat, when he was one of the principal organisers on behalf of Lloyd George's candidature in the Bangor area.The collection contains a number of letters addressed to Thomas Lewis and Sir Henry Lewis.
Additional manuscripts were received in 1963-66, and these include, letters, addresses and miscellaneous papers, which include wills, other legal documents and books.