Neath Antiquarian Society

Glen Taylor papers

Reference code(s): GB 9999 NAS GAT

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Title: Glen Taylor papers

Short title: Taylor, Glen A. (antiquarian)

Dates of creation: 1741-1951

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: 0.33 cubic metres (6 archive boxes)

Name of creator(s): Glen A. Taylor


Administrative and biographical history: Glen A. Taylor (1881-1935) was the son of Henry and Jane Taylor. His family were the Taylors who were associated with the Neath Abbey Iron Works, and who were amongst the partners who took on the firm when it finally closed. This firm then ultimately became Taylor and Sons Ltd. in 1882, moving to Briton Ferry where it is still in existence today. The senior partner was Fred J. Taylor of Holmdale, Court Sart, elder brother of Glen.Glen Taylor was instrumental in establishing the Neath Antiquarian Society and in particular in founding its extensive archive collections. He also was an advocate of the establishment of a Neath Records Repository which would have extinguished the need to documents relating to the Neath area being kept at the National Library in Aberystwyth and at Cardiff Public Library. Glen Taylor's prime interest was in Neath Abbey and he lead the excavation party who removed tons of rubble from amongst the ruins. He extensively researched Cistercian abbeys in England and Wales. After his death a memorial plaque was fixed by the Night Stair at Neath Abbey.


Scope and content: Research notes, lecture notes and transcripts of original documents [1920s]-[1930s]; excavation journals [1920s]-[1930s]; research notes on genealogy, Neath Abbey, industry in Neath, and the history of Neath town [1920s]-[1930s]; correspondence 1885-1936; transcripts of documents relating to Neath and area [20th century]; catalogues of archives relating to Neath [1920s]-[1930s]; drawings and rubbings by Glen Taylor [1920s]-[1930s]; plans by Glen Taylor [1920s]-[1930s]; collected engravings and drawings (particularly of abbeys) 1741-1951; collected plans (including abbeys) 1886-1930; papers relating to Taylor & Sons Ltd. 1885-1932; personal papers of Glen Taylor and other family members [1830s]-[1930s]


Language/script: English; 1 in French.

System of arrangement: Arranged into research and lecture notes, excavation journals, research notes on specific subjects, correspondence, transcripts of documents, catalogues of archives, drawings, rubbings and plans by Glen Taylor, pictures and plans collected by Glen Taylor, business papers and family and personal papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service in County Hall, Swansea and the Neath Mechanics' Institute. A version of this catalogue is also available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded.


Related units of description: A smaller collection of Glen Taylor‼sup>TMs papers is in the National Library of Wales (Glen Taylor Mss.)


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Andrew Dulley for the ANW project.

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

Date(s) of description: August 2005



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