Papers of D. Wyn. Evans

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection contains the following typescripts and other materials: typescript (looseleaf) published as ‘A Catalogue of Italian Books, 1471-1600, in the Libraries of Exeter University, Exeter Cathedral and the Devon and Exeter Institution', by Roberto L. Bruni and D. Wyn Evans, Exeter University Library, 1978, with draft notes, negatives, prints and xeroxes of illustrations; typescript (looseleaf) of ‘Catalogue of Italian Books, 1601-1700', published as ‘A Catalogue of Italian Books, 1601-1700, in Exeter Libraries with an appendix of sixteenth-century books mainly from Devon Library Services', by Roberto L. Bruni and D. Wyn Evans, Exeter University Library, 1982; typescript (two volumes) of ‘A catalogue of bindings in Exeter Cathedral Library', 1979; typescript (one volume) of ‘A catalogue of bindings in Exeter University Library', 1979, by D. Wyn Evans [list of books from rare book exhibition, University of Exeter enclosed]. Also microfilms, microfiche, photograph negatives and slide negatives of book bindings; microfilm of unidentified manuscripts from National Library of Scotland; and printouts of book titles of dictionaries and Spanish and Portuguese books within the Syon Abbey book collection (held at Special Collections, Exeter University Library), [1970s-1990s].

Administrative / Biographical History

David Wynford Evans (1935-1996), librarian, was born and educated in Wales, taking Bachelor and Masters' degrees at University College Cardiff in English Literature in 1956 and 1958. He spent a year in the USA at the University of Indiana on a Fulbright Scholarship, before returning to the year to train as a teacher at St Catherine's College, Cambridge in 1960. He taught at Stamford and Windsor Grammar Schools, and was then appointed as Assistant Keeper of Printed Books at the National Library of Scotland. He held this post until 1964, taking on responsibility for the Scandinavian collections, and beginning to establish his own collection of rare books.

In 1964 Wyn moved to the University of Birmingham Library, where he worked in the Special Collections department, playing a key role in building up the archive and rare book collections, as well as establishing links with Worcester Cathedral Library. In 1973 he was appointed Sub-Librarian (Technical Processes) at Exeter University Library, becoming Deputy Librarian in 1982, and finally retiring in 1995 before his death in 1996. Throughout his career Wyn retained a key interest in rare books, and published numerous works of a bibliographical nature including:

A catalogue of Italian books, 1471-1600, in the libraries of Exeter University, Exeter Cathedral, and the Devon and Exeter Institution, with Roberto L. Bruni, 1978; A catalogue of Italian books, 1601-1700, in Exeter Libraries, with an appendix of sixteenth-century books mainly from Devon Library Services, with Roberto L. Bruni, 1982; Italian seventeenth century books, with Roberto L. Bruni, 1984; Seventeenth-century plays and other literary works in the Bute Collection, Cambridge University Library: a short-title catalogue, with Roberto L. Bruni, 1986.

The Lunar Society: an exhibition in connection with the bicentenary celebrations of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, 1966; John Galsworth: catalogue of the collection, 1967; Catalogue of the Harriet Martineau Papers, 1969; Catalogue of the Cadbury Papers, 1973.

James Watson of Edinburgh, printer and publisher, 1982; John Francis Campbell of Islay, 1822-1885, and Norway, 1963; A short survey of Scandinavian libraries in Great Britain, 1967; Rules and directions to be observed in printing-houses, 1988.

Arrangement

Retained in the original arrangement of the creator of the collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.

Note

All biographical information has been taken from Research Libraries Bulletin, no. 5, summer 1997.

Other Finding Aids

Currently unlisted.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 7 April 2005, and encoded into EAD 2 June 2005.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Reserve Collection. Additional papers were added to the collection from the ‘Cage' store in 2003.

Related Material

It is not thought that any related units of descriptions are held elsewhere in other repositories.

Bibliography

A catalogue of bindings in Exeter Cathedral Library, 1979; Catalogue of Italian Books, 1601-1700, published as A Catalogue of Italian Books, 1601-1700, in Exeter Libraries with an appendix of sixteenth-century books mainly from Devon Library Services, by Roberto L. Bruni and D. Wyn Evans, Exeter University Library, 1982; A Catalogue of Italian Books, 1471-1600, in the Libraries of Exeter University, Exeter Cathedral and the Devon and Exeter Institution, by Roberto L. Bruni and D. Wyn Evans, Exeter University Library, 1978.