National Library of Wales

Ffransis G. Payne Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 FFRYNE

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Ffransis G. Payne Papers

Short title: Payne, Ffransis G., papers

Dates of creation: 1920-1990

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.153 cubic metres (17 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Ffransis G. Payne


Administrative and biographical history: Ffransis G. Payne (1900-1992) was a folk historian, who worked at the Folk Life Department at the National Museum of Wales from 1936, and became head of the Department of Material Culture at the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans, Cardiff, between 1962 and 1969. He was born at Kington, Herefordshire and was educated at the University College, Cardiff. Amongst his main publications are Yr Aradr Gymreig (1954), Welsh Peasant Costume (1964), Cwysau (1980) and two books on Radnorshire in the series Cyfres Crwydro Cymru (1966, 1968).


Scope and content: Papers of Ffransis G. Payne, 1920-1990, including letters to (and copy letters from), 1924-1981, relating mainly to his study of Welsh folk history and in particular his research into the history of agriculture in Wales; letters to Ffransis Payne, 1938-1978, relating to his research into the history of the plough and agricultural implements; general correspondence, 1932-1989; and letters from Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate, 1927-1971. Also research notes and other miscellaneous material including articles, letters, photographs, illustrations, transcripts of poems, and printed items relating to the donor's study of early agriculture in Wales, Welsh folk culture, Radnorshire poets and their patrons, Welsh poetry, and pedigrees. There are also some papers of Mrs Helly Payne.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by date of acquisition.

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 in Minor Lists and Summaries 1989, 1991, and 1994 at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can be accessed online.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Ffransis Payne, Llandegley, Powys, in 1988 and 1990, and by his widow Mrs Helly Payne, 1994.


Related units of description: Photographic prints used to illustrate his two volumes Crwydro Sir Faesyfed (Llandybïe, 1966 and 1968), together with some 320 negatives, have been transferred to the Department of Pictures and Maps (PG835).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Annette Strauch for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries 1989, 1991 and 1994; Owen Trefor M., 'Ffransis George Payne (1900-1992)', Folk Life, vol. 31; The New Companion to the Literature of Wales (1998).

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

Date(s) of description: May 2003



Agricultural implements | Wales

Agriculture | Research | Wales

Folklore | Wales

Museum curators | Wales

Payne, Ffransis George | Archives

Peate, Iorwerth Cyfeiliog, | 1901-1982 | Correspondence

Radnorshire (Wales) | Poetry

Traditional farming | Wales

Personal names

Payne, Ffransis George

Peate, Iorwerth Cyfeiliog, 1901-1982

Corporate names