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The Papers of Lord Francis-Williams

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FRWS

Scope and Contents

Most of the collection comprises manuscripts and typescripts of books, articles, lectures and radio scripts by Lord Francis-Williams. There are also numerous newspaper cuttings of his articles and book reviews and copies of a number of his own published works. FRWS 7 contains papers relating to his visits to Mauritius and Mosul and FRWS 8 his correspondence from 1945-1972 including letters to and from Attlee, Beaverbrook, Churchill, Dalton, Eden, Gaitskell, Julian Huxley, Lord Reith and Harold Wilson. FRWS 6 includes press cuttings of reviews of Williams' writing and work. There is also a small section containing family papers, drawings and photographs.


  • Creation: 1937 - 1970

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Francis-Williams was born 10 March 1903. In 1926 he married Jessie Hopkin and they had one son and one daughter. He died 5 June 1970. He spent his early career serving on the staff of various newspapers. Then during 1936-1940 he was Editor of the Daily Herald. In 1941 he published his first book "War by Revolution" and later published a further twelve books. He was Controller of News and Censorship at the Ministry of Information, 1941-1945. After the war (1945-1947) he became Adviser on Public Relations to the Prime Minister and then a Governor of BBC 1951-1952. He was later Regents' Professor, University of California, Berkeley (1961), a member of the Monopolies Commission on Newspaper Mergers (1966-1970) and Kemper Knapp Visiting Professor of the University of Wisconsin (1967).


43 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the printed catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Lord Francis-Williams were deposited at Churchill College Archives Centre by his widow, Lady Francis-Williams through Victor Bonham-Carter. The bulk of the collection arrived in January 1973 and further deposits were made in 1975 and 2008.

Related Materials

Other Francis-Williams papers are held by the Royal Institution of Cornwall ( and the Bodleian Library, Oxford University (


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in December 2004. Information was obtained from Lord Francis-Williams' entry in "Who Was Who" (A&C Black) and from the original catalogue of the papers. A new accession was added by Sophie Bridges, October 2009. This catalogue was updated by Thomas Wales in April 2019.


Williams, Edward Francis, 1903-1970, Baron Francis-Williams of Abinger, publisher

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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