Papers of Rev. Morris Thomas, 1874-1959

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes sermons, novels, and essays, some of which were composed for entry in Eisteddfod competitions between 1912-1925. One group of items, described as belonging to Mrs L.M. Thomas, the wife of the Rev. Morris Thomas, consists of songs and stories for children, a short play, essay and novel.

A group of letters once belonged to the family of Mrs Mary Griffith, Mary Ogwen, editor of Y Gymraes, 1854-1960. The majority of these are written by either Richard Morris the elder of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Denbighshire or Richard Morris the younger, but there are also a few from family members in the United States. Copies of the letters of Richard Morris the elder to Mary his daughter when she was in service in London, 1850-1855 were copied by Mrs Denton Davies of Rhyl (later Mrs Edwards of Croesoswallt).

The papers once owned by the Rev. Henry Hughes of Bryncir relate mostly to the history of the Calvinistic Methodists of the Llyn and Eifionydd district with notes and records regarding specific chapels. Also the notes of the Rev. Morris Thomas on the Rev. Henry Hughes.

There are copies of miscellaneous letters by such people as John Elias, and Robert Jones, Rhoslan and a pedigree of the Elias family of Plas-y-Glyn, Anglesey.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rev. Morris Thomas served as minister for several Calvinistic Methodist churches, including Llawryglyn in Montgomeryshire and Corris and Dolwyddelan, Caernarfonshire. He was also a writer and philosopher.

Arrangement

No apparent system of arrangement. The papers have been incorporated into the General Collecion of Bangor Manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to all users.

Note

Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, July 2001.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manucripts : 15135-15206.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

A few items within the collection, once belonged to the family of Mrs Mary Griffith, also known as Mary Ogwen. The Rev. Henry Hughes of Bryncir was also the owner of a few items, which after his death came into the possession of the Rev. Morris Thomas because of his interest in the history of the Calvinistic Methodists of the Llyn and Eifionydd district.

Related Material

The Papers of the Rev. Henry Hughes, Bryncir, 1841-1924 are held at the Department of Manuscripts of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manucripts : 614-621, 780, 5567-5569, 5607-5611, 5691-5707, 7251-7265, 7295-7298, 8719, 10202-10206, 10369, 14098-14101, 17347-17477