Papers of Morris T Williams of Gwasg Gee, Denbigh

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Thomas Gee (1815-1898) joined his father's printing and publishing business in Denbigh in 1838, continuing the business alone following his father's death in 1845. In the same year Thomas Gee began publishing the quarterly periodical Y Traethodydd and, from 1854 to 1878, he undertook the mammoth task of printing and publishing the ten-volume Y Gwyddoniadur. The weekly Baner Cymru first saw the light of day in 1857; the paper merged with Yr Amserau in 1859 and it was this publication of all Gee's output which proved most influential in the social, political and religious life of Wales. Gwasg Gee was continued by Thomas Gee's son John Howel Gee and the business remained in the family until 1914. Morris T. Williams (1900-1946) married the novelist Kate Roberts in 1928. The couple bought Gwasg Gee, continuing its production of periodicals such as the influential Baner ac Amserau Cymru. Following Williams's death, Kate Roberts continued the business alone for a further ten years.

This varied collection includes material relating to Gee and Son Ltd of Denbigh; newspaper articles; correspondence; political papers; papers relating to the Second World War; and photographs.

Further material available at National Library of Wales GB 0210 MSMORRTWIL

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. It is advisable to book in advance, for details and opening hours see http://archives.denbighshire.gov.uk/visit-us/. Access to some documents may be restricted due to Data Protection legislation, Denbighshire Archive Service will advise where this is the case.

Related Material

DD/DM/31/9, BD/A/191