Papers of Hannah Jane James

Scope and Content

This collection contains notebooks and other papers relating to Hannah Jane James' studies in literary criticism of Welsh poetical works, and specifically the poetry of Talhaiarn, William Llyn, Eben Fardd and Sion Cent. It consists of copies of her essays, a copy of "Talhaiarn, 1810-1869" a dissertation for the MA degree of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1919 and four books and a file of papers containing notes on source material used for the dissertation. There are also extracts in the hand of Hannah Jane James from minutes of meetings of Cymdeithas Cymreigyddion held in London between 1826 and 1850 and material relating to compositions of the Rhondda village literary meeting in 1870.

Administrative / Biographical History

Miss Hannah Jane James of Pen-y-Graig, Glamorgan was a literary scholar specialising in Welsh poetry. She won several prizes for her works of literary criticism including the T.E. Ellis prize at Aberystwyth in 1913 for her essay on the qualities of the poet William Llyn and won the same prize again in 1915 for her study of the poems of Sion Cent. She also won the University College Wales Chair at the Eisteddfod in 1914. Her work on Talhaiarn earned her the degree of MA of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1919. She was the sister of Chancellor J.W. James of Bangor.


Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by her niece, Miss M.M. Harris of Glamorgan.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, November 2001

Other Finding Aids

Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 15050-15062

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

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