The papers of Ruth James Cording bring together books, pamphlets, articles, newsclippings and memorabilia that illustrate Welsh language and literature. Correspondence with relatives and libraries in Wales, and numerous trips to Wales, have formed a dynamic stream of information about Wales.
The published material, mostly in English, or Welsh and English, is good sample of the breadth of Welsh literature. Poetry and the lyrics for music provide the biggest sampler of Welsh language. The newspaper, Y Drych - an American organ for the Welsh people - is a bridging instrument, and reports on the contemporary scene in Wales and America.
Music, and particularly the singing of hymns, continues to be a significant part of Welsh culture. Welsh song books come alive in the audio records of festival hymnsings, where thousands sing four-part harmony. A yearly festival, the Eisteddfod, is a competitive celebration of poetry, drama, and music.
Christianity came early to Wales, and they celebrate this in honoring St. David, on 1 March. Monasteries, those centers of discipleship, learning and hospitality, have been supplemented by chapels and contemporary churches. Revival has blessed Wales. All of this religious heritage is documented in many of the books and pamphlets in the Collection.
Artifacts always give substance to a Collection. Memorabilia, gathered on trips to Wales, create a visual bonding with an older culture. Maps, postcards, and stamps aid in a vicarious transport to another realm.