W. Tudor Jones Manuscrips

Scope and Content

A collection of autograph manuscripts of philosophical works by the Reverend W. Tudor Jones, Unitarian minister and philosopher.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Tudor Jones (1865-1946), was a Unitarian minister and philosopher. He served as a teacher at the Pontrhydfendigaid and Goginan schools in Cardiganshire, then decided to enter the Calvinistic Methodist ministry, studying at Aberystwyth and Cardiff university colleges. He later became minister of the Unitarian churches at Swansea (1899-1906), Wellington, N.Z. (1906-1910), Islington (1910-1915), and Bristol (1915-1933). During his ministry at Swansea he studied for a period at Jena and came under the dominating influence of Rudolf Eucken. He afterwards became recognised as the foremost exponent and advocate of Eucken's philosophy of life, which seeks to disprove all materialistic interpretations of history, and stresses the reality of universal spiritual life as the only key to man's divine discontent and ethical development. His own philosophy was an attempt at a further clarification and amplification of the idealistic trend of thought revealed in Eucken's Activism.

Arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 7877-7884.

Access Information

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Acquisition Information

Presented by W. Tudor Jones in 1933.

Note

William Tudor Jones (1865-1946), was a Unitarian minister and philosopher. He served as a teacher at the Pontrhydfendigaid and Goginan schools in Cardiganshire, then decided to enter the Calvinistic Methodist ministry, studying at Aberystwyth and Cardiff university colleges. He later became minister of the Unitarian churches at Swansea (1899-1906), Wellington, N.Z. (1906-1910), Islington (1910-1915), and Bristol (1915-1933). During his ministry at Swansea he studied for a period at Jena and came under the dominating influence of Rudolf Eucken. He afterwards became recognised as the foremost exponent and advocate of Eucken's philosophy of life, which seeks to disprove all materialistic interpretations of history, and stresses the reality of universal spiritual life as the only key to man's divine discontent and ethical development. His own philosophy was an attempt at a further clarification and amplification of the idealistic trend of thought revealed in Eucken's Activism.

Other Finding Aids

The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951).

Archivist's Note

August 2005

This description was compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

Additional Information

Published