Dr Thomas Jones papers

Scope and Content

This collection contains a wide variety of documents including surveys, reports, correspondence and newspaper extracts which relate to social and economic conditions in Wales. Material has been described under various headings; surveys of conditions in Wales, during and after the First World War, (1914-1918); reports from districts and parishes on local experiences and attitudes to the war and its aftermath; material created as a result of Thomas Jones' role as Secretary of the Welsh National Memorial Association, which documents activities carried out in relation to the Belgian refugees who were evacuated to Cardiff during the war. There is also material collected by Dr Jones, relating to social and economic conditions and developments in industry that he hoped would be the basis for a social and economic history of Wales, which did not come to fruition.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Jones, (1870-1955), economist, was born at Rhymney, Monmouthshire. Educated at Pengam County School, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Glasgow University, he was Clarke Scholar at Glasgow University and Russell Student at the London School of Economics. Described in J. Gwynne Williams', The University College of North Wales: Foundations 1884-1927 (1985), as one of the most distinguished Welshmen of the century, he held many positions during an active career. These included Assistant to Professor of Political Economy and Lecturer in Economics at Glasgow University; Special Investigator, Poor Law Commission, (1906-9); Professor of Economics at Queens University, Belfast, (1909-1910); Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet; Secretary to the Economic Advisory Council; member of the Unemployment Assistance Board; Secretary of the Welsh National Health Insurance Commissioners, (1912-1919); Secretary of the Welsh National Campaign against Tuberculosis, (1910-1911); First Secretary, Welsh National Memorial Association; Chairman Coleg Harlech, Gregynog Press and York Trust. He was also a member of the Council and Court, University of Wales, Governor of the National Library and of the National Museum of Wales.


Material was received at different times and has been arranged according to subject and type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

Open to all users


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, July 2001

Other Finding Aids

Item level word processed list is available at the Department of Manuscripts at the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 3168-3201, 4548-4572, 4901

Conditions Governing Use

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