Papers of William Lionel Hichens

Scope and Content

The papers comprise:

  • correspondence and papers, 1898-1932, of William Lionel Hichens, mainly relating to industrial and political affairs
  • letters to Hermione Hichens (who became his wife in 1919), 1918-26
  • miscellaneous family letters, 1889-95
  • printed addresses, 1916-37
  • xerographic copies of newspaper cuttings, 1899-1912
  • printed pamphlets, 1918-[40], including W.L. Hichens The functions of government in relation to industry (London: 1918), and Harold Macmillan The state and industry (London: 1932).

Administrative / Biographical History

William Lionel Hichens (1874-1940) was an industrialist and businessman. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1979.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Material

See also the diaries of Lionel Hichens, General Sir Neville Lyttelton and Lady Lyttelton (MSS. Eng. hist. e. 372-80, f. 33-84).

Family Names