Catalogue of papers of William Lionel Hichens

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Papers of William Lionel Hichens, 1898-1940

Correspondence and papers of William Lionel Hichens (1874-1940), mainly relating to industrial and political affairs.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1037-1038, d. 484
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Biographical History

William Lionel Hichens (1874-1940) was an industrialist and businessman. He was Chairman of Cammell Laird, shipbuilders, steelmakers, and armaments manufacturers and Chairman of the English Electric Company. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.


Given to the Library by Mrs. Hermione Hichens in 1979.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 1037, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

See also The diaries of Lionel Hichens, General Sir Neville Lyttelton and Lady Lyttelton (MSS. Eng. hist. e. 372-380, f. 33-84).

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Hichens | William Lionel | 1874-1940 | businessman
Hichens | Mary Hermione | fl 1918-1926 | nee Lyttleton | wife of William Lionel Hichens

Subjects (LCSH)

Industrialists -- Industrial policy -- Great Britain

Descriptive List

Correspondence and papers of William Lionel Hichens, mainly relating to industrial and political affairs, 1898-1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 1037
Extent: 201 leaves

Similar correspondence and papers, 1933-40, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 1038
Extent: 196 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 124-34) letters to Hermione Hichens, 1918-1926
  • (fols. 134-45) miscellaneous family letters, 1889-1895
  • (fols. 146-68) printed addresses, 1916-1937
  • (fols. 172-96) xerographic copies of newspaper cuttings, 1899-1912

Printed pamphlets, 1918-[1940]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 484
Extent: 9 items

Scope and Content:


  • (item 2) W. L. Hichens, The Functions of the Government in Relation to Industry (London, 1918)
  • (item 8) Harold MacMillan, The State and Industry (London, 1932)

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