Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Records from the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarvon

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD10

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Title: Records from the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarvon

Short title: Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarfon, records

Dates of creation: 1837-1977

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium:

Name of creator(s): Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom (Caernarfon, Wales)


Administrative and biographical history: The Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion was made up of groups of Methodist churches organised into circuits, with a superintendent minister. Several circuits form a district or Presbytery. The Connexion as a whole met as a General Assembly. Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, lay within the Arfon Prebsytery, and was the base of the Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency, printers and book distributors, and the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom (Llyfrfa Methodistiaid). The Bookroom became the place of deposits for many papers relating to Calvinistic Methodism, including both church records and private papers (including letters from Anthropos). J. W Edwards was in charge of the Llyfrfa Methodistiaid from the 1930s and 1940s, and appears to have actively sought archival material.


Scope and content: Records of the General Assembly of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion, 1872-1960; records of Arfon Calvinistic Methodist Presbytery, Caernarfon, 1844-1977; private papers, [1930s]-[1940s]; Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency papers, 1898-1962; chapel magazines, etc., 1888-1932; and periodicals, 1837-1913.


Language/script: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: General Assembly of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion; records of the Calvinistic Methodist Presbytery (Arfon); private papers; records of the Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency; chapel magazines, etc; and periodicals.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.
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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Caernarvon Record Office have been retained. The periodicals were transferred to the periodicals section and the newspapers to the newspaper section of the Library.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Catalogue of the Records from the Calvinistic Methodist Bookroom, Caernarvon; Williams, William, Welsh Calvinistic Methodism: A historical sketch of the Presbyterian Church of Wales. 3rd. ed. (Bryntirion: Bryntirion Press, [1998]); The Methodist Church in Wales website ( viewed 27 July 2004.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of description: July 2004



Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency | Archives

Calvinistic Methodists | Wales | Gwynedd

Edwards, J. W., | of Caernarfon | Archives

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion | Archives

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion. | Caernarfon Presbytery | Archives

Personal names

Anthropos, 1853?-1944

Edwards, J. W., of Caernarfon

Corporate names

Calvinistic Methodist Book Agency

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church

Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion | Caernarfon Presbytery