Casgliad W. H. Reese, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Scope and Content

Papers of W. H. Reese, [1890]-1984, including notebooks on the history of Blaenau Ffestiniog and history generally, [20th century], the Welsh language, [20th century], and religion, [20th century]; Welsh poetry by Reese, 1943-1944, and others, [20th century]; copies of, and cuttings from, newspapers and magazines, including Y Rhedegydd, 1898-1984; photostat pictures of Blaenau Ffestiniog, [20th century]; radio scripts, 1937; letters, 1983-1984; and miscellaneous papers, [1890]-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

William H. Reese (b. 1908) was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Merionethshire. He worked there in Votty Quarry until the late 1930s, when he married and went to live with his wife in Durham, returning to Blaenau Ffestiniog some 35 years later. He was a poet and published several volumes, including Y Ddau Lais (London, 1937), Medi'r Corwynt: Cerddi'r Rhyfel 1938-43 (Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1943) and Y Cerddi Olaf (1944). He later produced Y Llais yn ôl (Pen-y-groes, Gwynedd, 1982). His other interests included history, the Welsh language and religion.


Arranged into the following: history; language; religion; poets and poetry; newspapers and magazines; miscellaneous; and tapes.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Casgliad W. H. Reese, Blaenau Ffestiniog, rhestr (catalogue).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives and Caernarfon Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Tapes deposited by Reese are also in Meirionnydd Archives.

Geographical Names