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Bangor University Archives and Library

Members of the first group of settlers near 'Yr Hen Amddiffynfa', Rawson, Chubut, 28 July 1890
Courtesy of the Department of Manuscripts and Archives, University of Wales, Bangor

The library  holds a notable collection of printed material, in Welsh and other languages, relating to Wales and other Celtic countries. Mostly composed of books and manuscripts, the archives also include a collection of photographs documenting Welsh settlements and migrations in Patagonia.

Latin American Photography Holdings

Glaniad is a website which tells the story of the Welsh emigrants who settled in Patagonia, South America, during the late 19th century. The website is the result of a partnership project between various archive repositories and institutions in Wales and Patagonia, to digitise items of cultural and historical significance to Wales and Patagonia.

It contains articles, short texts and a gallery of photographs. The photographs originate mostly from the Michael D. Jones collection.

Glaniad includes most photographs available in the archive of the Welsh Library at the University of Bangor.

Rev. Michael D. Jones (1822-98), c.1890
Courtesy of the Department of Manuscripts and Archives, University of Wales, Bangor


Click here to access the On-line Catalogue

Photographs, in addition to being available on the Glaniad website, can be consulted in the Archives Reading Room.

The Welsh Library is located in the Main Arts Library which is situated on College Road in Upper Bangor. The Shankland Reading Room, where most of the Welsh Library Collection is held, is located on the top floor of the Main Library.

  •  Readers wishing to consult Rare Books must fill in an application form at the Main Library issue desk. Items will be collected and taken to the Archives Reading Room for consultation twice a day. Items requested before 10 am will be available by 11.30 am and items requested 11 am will be available by 2.30 pm.
  •  Readers who need more detailed assistance in using the appropriate search and reference tools should make an appointment with the Senior Assistant, Shan Robinson (
  • Requests for Library staff to undertake research work on behalf of external users must be submitted in writing. A fee of £12 per hour or part of an hour will be charged for such work and must be paid beforehand.
Welsh Library
Main Library
Bangor University
College Road
LL57 2DG
Tel:   +44 (0)1248 382913
Opening Times

The Archives and Special Collections are open Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 1.00 and between 2.00 and 5.00

Centre for Iberian and Latin American Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD