Agnes Irene James
Agnes Irene MacDonald (1898-1992), known as Rene, was the daughter of Scottish migrants to Merthyr Tydfil. She was an early student at Cardiff University she studied for a BSc in Biology and Botany. She then undertook an MSc at Swansea University, before achieving a PhD in Geology at Imperial College of Science. After lecturing at Bedford College for Women in London, she returned to Merthyr to become a senior mistress in biology and botany at Merthyr County Grammar School, where she worked until her retirement in the 1950s. Relatively late in life she married Mr T. L. James, the former Head Postmaster of Llandrindod Wells, in 1966, and later went to live in an artists' colony in Gloucestershire, becoming an amateur painter.
The collection covers the period 1913-1992 and includes papers, diaries, certificates, photographs and watercolour paintings and sketches.