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W. Watkin Davies Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WATIES

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: W. Watkin Davies Papers

Short title: Davies, W. Watkin, papers

Dates of creation: 1890-1973

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.135 cubic metres (15 boxes)

Name of creator(s): William Watkin Davies (1895-1973)


Administrative and biographical history: William Watkin Davies (1895-1973) was a barrister, lecturer and author. He was the only son of the Rev. John Gwynoro Davies (1855-1935) and Jeannie Mary Watkin. Born in Cricieth, Caernarfonshire, he grew up in Barmouth, Merionethshire. He was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and St John's College, Oxford, where he graduated in modern history. He married Cecily Dorothea Crosskey on 22 September 1925. Davies was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn and practised as a barrister on the North Wales Circuit. He served as the history master at Friends School, Saffron Walden, 1915-17, and at Barmouth County School, 1917-19. Subsequently he lectured at Bristol University, 1919-1921, and for the League of Nations Union. He spent much of his later career lecturing in International Politics at the University of Birmingham. Davies wrote the volume Wales (London, 1924) and the important study Lloyd George, 1863-1914 (London, 1939). A regular contributor of articles to journals, he served as the editor of The Welsh Outlook from 1925 until 1927. He died on 25 December 1973.


Scope and content: Papers of W. Watkin Davies including diaries, 1904-1973; letters from family and friends, 1895-1926; letters relating to his work, [c. 1932]-1971; typescripts and manuscripts of unpublished works including `Lloyd George, 1914-', `Woodrow Wilson' and 'Men and Movements in American History' and an autobiographical work, `Wales of my Youth', [1907x1973]; lectures, articles and notes, [1910]-1933; personal papers relating to his career and private life, [c. 1915]-1946; notebooks, 1922-1953; family papers, 1890-1935; and letters, pictures and other material relating to David Lloyd George, 1887-1971.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: papers relating to David Lloyd George; W. Watkin Davies's diaries; correspondence; W. Watkin Davies's writings; personalia and family papers; miscellanea.

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

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue is available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Purchased from Mrs J. E. Darby of Harborne, Birmingham, 1974.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: NLW, Schedule of W. Watkin Davies Papers; Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1941-1970 (London, 2001).

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: February 2003



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