Cylch Dewi Archive

Scope and Content

The archive contains correspondence, mainly from Hywel T James, relating to Cylch Dewi; reports and published pamphlets produced by Cylch Dewi concerning issues of Welsh education; minutes of, and records of attendance at Cylch Dewi meetings, and the Cylch Dewi constitution.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cylch Dewi was a politically nationalist group based in Aberystwyth. Established around 1919, its members were mainly drawn from the academic and literary communities, and the main driving forces behind the group were Hywel T James and R T Jenkins. Cylch Dewi's aims were to foster the use of the Welsh language; to ensure the rightful place of the language, literature and history of Wales in the Welsh educational system; to make the Welsh language, and the literature and education of Wales, the basis of a true native culture; to enrich Welsh national life by drawing on the best in life and thought from abroad, and to support all other movements aiming to secure a fuller and freer national life for the Welsh people. The group developed during the 1920s into the first movement demonstrating for Welsh language broadcasting.

Access Information

The papers may be consulted through application by e-mail to: or by post to: Aberystwyth University, Archives, Information Services, Llandinam Building, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB. Tel: 01970 628593.


Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to the Cylch Dewi Archive, and

Other Finding Aids

Basic finding aid available on request from Archives staff.

Corporate Names