The National Library of Wales is pleased to announce that it has launched the fresh new Welsh Journals website, its largest research resource to date and which allows free digital access to over 1.2 million pages from over 450 Welsh journals. Welsh Journals is a valuable addition to the Library’s established and growing portfolio of digital resources.
Providing free remote access to a variety of Welsh and English language journals published between 1735 and 2007, the website allows users to search the content of the journals as well as browse through titles and editions. The website also enables users to browse by year and decades and also provides a link to the catalogue entry for each journal.
Titles range from academic and scientific publications to literary and popular magazines and relate to a variety of subjects. From archaeology to science, to political satire and theological matters, they contain a wealth of information relating to Wales and which record Wales’ intellectual history.
Dr Dafydd Tudur, Digital Access Section Manager said:
“Welsh Journals contains the nation’s intellectual history. It is a unique window into the way we have understood and interpreted ourselves and the world around us over a period of nearly three centuries.”
Whether you want to find the recipes that your grandmother used or gather information for your academic work, Welsh Journals Online is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in Welsh history, as some of our users have discovered:
According to one user the website “Looks great! It will be a very special resource for researchers and others” while another stated that this will be “an excellent website for schools”.
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The website combines material digitised by the JISC funded Twentieth Century Welsh Journals project and the programme to digitise 19thand early-20th century newspapers and journals, which was funded by Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.
Welsh Journals Online is a sister-site to Welsh Newspapers Online, which was launched in 2013 and which last year received almost half a million visits.
The website is continually being developed and the Library welcomes all feedback, which can be submitted by clicking the ‘feedback link on the website.
Included among the titles on the website are:
• Tlysau yr Hen Oesoedd (1735): This was the first Welsh journal of which only one edition was published. The journal was edited by the poet and scholar, Lewis Morris (Llewelyn Ddu o Fôn, 1701-1765).
• Archaeologia Cambrensis (1846-1999): A journal published annually by the Welsh Antiquarian Society. The journal was a scholarly archaeological and historical journal that contained reports on archaeological excavations, book reviews, historical essays, together with Society notes. It was a valuable source on manuscripts, genealogy, heraldry, place names, folklore and Welsh literature
• Y Gymraes: Cylchgrawn i Ferched Cymru (1850-51): A monthly, Welsh language journal for women established with the support of Augusta Hall, Lady Llanover (1802-1896). It was edited by the minister and journalist, Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd, 1820-1852). Associated titles: Y Tywysydd a'r Gymraes (1852).
• Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd (1840-1901): A monthly, Welsh language journal that provides information on the lives, identity and world view of Welsh settlers and their descendants in the United States
• Trafodion Anrhydeddus Gymdeithas y Cymmrodorion (Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion): the journal has been published annually from 1893 (Vol. I) and contains historical and literary essays and reviews.
• Y Gwyddonydd (1963-1996): A Welsh journal that contained articles, reviews and news features relating to scientific subjects.