Professor Glyn Roberts Papers

Scope and Content

This collection consists of lecture and research notes, articles and offprints by Professor Glyn Roberts on various aspects of the history of Wales, including in particular material on Welsh parliamentary and borough history; religious history; the history of Bangor and Carmarthenshire. Some material is in the hand of Mrs Eluned Garmon Jones who also took an active interest in the history of Bangor. Also contains maps, plans, microfilm and slides.

The collection also includes theses on Welsh history by Professor Glyn Roberts and by sisters Mary Davida Hughes and Carys Hughes, his first and second wives. Also contains a file of correspondence, working papers and drafts etc relating to a proposed County History of Anglesey to have been published by the Anglesey County Council which did not come to fruition, (Glyn Roberts was chairman of the editorial board) and research notes on the Griffith family of Penrhyn done for his contribution to the Dictionary of Welsh Biography(1959).

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Glyn Roberts (1904-1962) was educated at Friars School, Bangor and the University College of North Wales, (now the University of Wales, Bangor). His particular field of historical research was Welsh history with emphasis on municipal development and parliamentary representation from the Act of Union onwards. From 1927 until 1939, he was assistant lecturer, then lecturer in history at Swansea. With the outbreak of war he joined the staff of the new Ministry of Supply, which revealed a talent for administration leading to his rise to the position of deputy head of the British Raw Materials Mission, based at Washington in the United States. In 1941, he returned to his old university at Bangor, serving in an administrative as well as academic capacity as registrar, vice president and dean of the arts faculty, occupying the position of head of the Department of Welsh History, from 1949 until his sudden death in 1962.


Material was received on separate occasions, arranged according to record type and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Access Information

Open to all users

Acquisition Information

Theses and offprints (reference numbers: 32607-32615) deposited by Mrs Carys Roberts, Menai Bridge, wife of Professor Glyn Roberts. Material relating to a proposed County History of Anglesey (reference number: 37211) deposited by Professor A.D. Carr of the Department of Welsh History, University of Wales, Bangor.


Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, October 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: 22740-22859, 32607-32615, 36436-36441, 37211

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

Also held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor are the papers of Mrs Eluned Garmon Jones relating to the history of Bangor, reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 20177-20195