Gwynedd Archives: Meirionnydd Record Office
Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, Records
Reference code(s): GB 0220 Z/DBH
Title: Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, Records
Short title: Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, records
Dates of creation: 1875-1975
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 283 items
Name of creator(s): Dr Williams School, Dolgellau
Administrative and biographical history: Dr Williams' School for Girls was established in Dolgellau, Merionethshire, in 1875. It was named after Dr Daniel Williams (1643-1716) of Wrexham, a prominent Nonconformist minister who left £50,000 in his will for various philanthropic causes. After the Education Act 1870, the Dr Williams Charity trustees agreed to provide an annual grant for a girls' school in north Wales; the site in Dolgellau was bought by Samuel Holland (1803-1892). Holland became the first Chairman of the school's Board of Governors. The school opened on 2 February 1878 with 30 pupils. Following the Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889 it was recognised as the local grammar school for girls and became a Direct Grant School from 1904. It became a boarding school following the Education Act 1944 and eventually closed in 1975. The site was taken over by Coleg Meirionnydd and later by the tertiary college, Coleg Meirion Dwyfor.
Scope and content: Records of Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, 1875-1975, including School Governors' minutes, 1875-1969, and agendas, 1925-1972; ledgers, 1878-1966; reports, 1915-1947; admission registers, 1900-1974; school magazines, 1897-1973; speech day programmes, 1900-1972; other programmes and ephemera, 1883-1975; visitors' books, 1899-1975; administrative files, 1936-1975; duplicate reports, 1969-1974; leavers books, 1930-1975; and records relating to a proposed new dormitory block, 1951-1952.
ACCESS AND USE
System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: admission registers; school magazines; annual speech day programmes; miscellaneous leaflets and books; files; duplicate reports; leavers books; minute books; agendas of meetings; ledgers; and reports.
Conditions governing access: No restrictions
Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply
Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Meirionnydd Archives, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained
Accruals: Accruals are not expected
Related units of description: Further papers relating to the school are in Meirionnydd Archives, ZM/301/35, ZM/389/70-71, ZM/643, ZM/781/75, ZM/822, ZM/872, and ZM/976.
Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds
Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Meirionnydd Archives, Papers of the Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, catalogue; Meirionnydd Archives, Records of Dr Williams School, Dolgellau, catalogue; Jones, B. Maelor, 'Dr Williams' School, Dolgellau', Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes a Chofnodion Sir Feirionnydd, VI, pp. 173-176; Evans, W. Gareth, '"An Oasis in the Wilderness": The Establishment of Dr Williams' School, Dolgellau', Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes a Chofnodion Sir Feirionnydd, XII (2), pp. 155-176.
Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH
Date(s) of description: October 2004