Shankland Additional Papers

Scope and Content

Collection of further papers of Thomas Shankland consisting of miscellaneous items including articles, notes, lists relating to library collections, diaries (1881-1902), correspondence and newspaper cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Shankland (1858-1927) librarian and historian, was born in Carmarthenshire, educated at Pwll-trap School, St. Clears Grammar School and the University College of North Wales (now the University of Wales, Bangor). He worked as a shoemaker and was a Baptist minister, at Mold, Flintshire (1888-1891) and Rhyl (1891-1904) before becoming Welsh Librarian at the University College of North Wales in 1905. His work involved the reorganisation of the Welsh Library and as well as classifying and arranging material he travelled around the country searching for rare books.

He wrote many articles, was editor of Seren Gomer between 1905 and 1906 and of the Transactions of the Historical Society of the Baptists in Wales from its foundation until 1925. He was also secretary and a prominent figure in the foundation of Cymdeithas Llawysgrifau Bangor in 1907.

In 1917 the University of Wales awarded him the degree of M.A. honoris causa. He became ill in 1927 and died on 20 February of that year.


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

Access Information

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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: 228, 238, 240-263, 20034-25984-25985, 27039, 32882, 35469

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 Shankland Manuscripts. A collection level description is available on the HE Archives Hub .