The Archives and the University Centenary

In order to celebrate the centenary of Swansea University, the Richard Burton Archives are working on a project to catalogue the University’s archive collections. These include collections of former students, academic staff, employees and other associates. The involvement of the Archives in the centenary is two-fold. The first aspect is the cataloguing and preservation of material to facilitate access for centenary and future research. Secondly, the work will increase potential engagement between the archives and other aspects of the university such as the academic departments.

As part of our Heritage Work Placement we contributed to the project by listing personal and institutional collections, summarising oral history recordings from the Voices of Swansea: 1920-2020 Oral History Project, and identifying copyright issues within the student newspaper collection. The wealth of sources spanning throughout the 100 years has provided us with a well-rounded knowledge of life at Swansea University. The oral history recordings in particular covered almost all aspects of university life, and their accounts were largely supported by articles in the student newspaper Crefft concerning social life on campus.

The personal and institutional collections are useful sources for researchers investigating the history of the University and its staff and students. The personal collections include documents relating to an individual’s academic and social life while at Swansea University, such as personal correspondence, photographs and exam papers. The institutional collections provide insight into the various workings of the university, including the creation of prospectuses and the building of facilities such as the Law Library and Fulton House.

The student newspapers reveal the importance of community life at the university. The authors tackled political and social issues concerning student life. The oral history recordings appear to support the idea of a close-knit community, with some interviewees noting a change in the student experience in recent years.

The material that we have worked with has provided us with a good knowledge of the history of our university and we are pleased to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the preparations for the University’s centenary.

Benjamin Stephens & Hannah Munkley

Canmlwyddiant yr Archifdy a’r Brifysgol

I ddathlu canmlwyddiant Prifysgol Abertawe mae Archifau Richard Burton yn gweithio ar brosiect i gatalogio casgliadau archif y Brifysgol. Mae’r rhain yn cynnwys casgliadau gan gyn-fyfyrwyr, staff academaidd, gweithwyr a pherthnasau eraill. Mae gan yr Archifau dwy ran yn nathliadau’r canmlwyddiant. Y rhan gyntaf yw catalogio a chadw deunydd i hwyluso mynediad ar gyfer ymchwil sy’n ymwneud â’r canmlwyddiant ac ymchwil y dyfodol. Yr ail ran yw’r gwaith i gynyddu’r ymgysylltu posib rhwng yr archifau a rhannau eraill o’r brifysgol megis adrannau academaidd.

Fel rhan o’n Lleoliad Gwaith Treftadaeth cyfrannwyd at y prosiect trwy restru casgliadau personol a sefydliadol, rhoi crynodeb ar gyfer recordiadau hanes llafar o Voices of Swansea:    1920-2020 Oral History Project, a chydnabod materion hawlfraint yng nghasgliad papurau newydd y myfyrwyr. Mae’r gwledd o ffynonellau sy’n lledu trwy’r 100 mlynedd wedi rhoi gwybodaeth gadarn i ni am fywyd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe. Roedd y recordiadau llafar yn enwedig wedi cynnwys bron pob rhan o fywyd prifysgol a chefnogwyd eu hanesion yn helaeth gan erthyglau ym mhapur y myfyrwyr Crefft ynglyn â bywyd cymdeithasol ar y campws.

Mae’r casgliadau personol a sefydliadol yn ffynonellau defnyddiol ar gyfer ymchwilwyr sy’n archwilio hanes y Brifysgol a’i staff a’i myfyrwyr. Mae’r casgliadau personol yn cynnwys dogfennau sy’n ymwneud â bywyd academaidd a bywyd cymdeithasol unigolyn wrth astudio ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe megis gohebiaeth bersonol, lluniau a phapurau arholiad. Mae’r casgliadau sefydliadol yn rhoi ciplun o amryw weithredoedd y brifysgol gan gynnwys llunio’r prosbectws ac adeiladu cyfleusterau megis Llyfrgell y Gyfraith a Thŷ Fulton.

Datgela papurau’r myfyrwyr bwysigrwydd bywyd cymunedol yn y brifysgol. Aeth yr awduron i’r afael â materion gwleidyddol a chymdeithasol sy’n ymwneud â bywyd myfyrwyr. Ymddengys bod y recordiadau hanesion llafar yn cefnogi’r syniad o gymuned glos ac mae rhai o’r cyfweliadau yn sôn am newid ym mhrofiad y myfyriwr yn ystod y blynyddoedd diwethaf.

Mae’r deunydd y buom yn gweithio gydag ef wedi rhoi gwybodaeth dda i ni am hanes ein prifysgol ac rydym yn falch o gael cyfle i gyfrannu at y paratoadau ar gyfer canmlwyddiant y Brifysgol.

Benjamin Stephens & Hannah Munkley

 

June 14th, 2017

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