Lady Herbert Lewis

Lady Ruth Herbert Lewis (1871–1946) is best remembered for her pioneering work in collecting and publishing Welsh folk songs and as a key participant in the Welsh Folk-Song Society.  Lady Lewis served as Secretary of the Welsh Folk-Song Society from 1914 to 1924 and Chair from 1927 to 1930, becoming President in 1930 until her death in 1946.

This is her own private collection of books consisting of 182 items on the subject of folk-songs and folk-lore from the early nineteenth to the twentieth century.

The collection was donated to the library by Ruth Facer, Lady Herbert’s granddaughter in 2005.