Arthur C. Hicks Papers, circa 1935-1992

Arthur C. Hicks Papers, circa 1935-1992

Biographical Note

A scholar and teacher of English literature specializing in the English romantic poets, Arthur Clark Hicks was born on December 21, 1901, in Canyon City, Oregon. He was educated at the University of Oregon (BA, 1922; MA, 1927) and at Stanford University (PhD (English), 1932). His doctoral dissertation was entitled The Place of Christianity in Shelley's Thought. Hicks’ academic career included appointments at the University of Oregon and San Jose State Teacher's College in California. In 1933, Dr. Hicks joined the faculty of the department of English of the Washington State Normal School at Bellingham (later Western Washington University), serving as department chair from 1933 to 1962. On his retirement in 1969, he was honored by his colleagues with the designation Professor Emeritus of English. Dr. Hicks’ scholarly interests included the Victorian novel, the English romantic period, and Shakespeare and the Renaissance.

Dr. Hicks was also a proficient pianist, receiving a piano teacher's certificate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1924 and studying at the Julliard School of Music from 1927 to 1930. A strong supporter of the Bellingham Theatre Guild, he helped orchestrate the second United States production of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s only drama, The Cenci. Hicks also authored extensive histories of Western on the occasion of its 50th and 75th anniversaries (1949 and 1974, respectively). Beloved for his insightful, rigorous teaching and passionate devotion to reading and music, as well as for his dedication to the cause of world peace, Arthur C. Hicks died greatly mourned in 1994.

Scope and Content Note

The Arthur C. Hicks Papers contain biographical material and correspondence, as well as career papers including manuscripts, and extensive teaching and research notes.

Notes on Arrangement

The Arthur C. Hicks Papers are organized according to the following series arrangement:

Series I. Biographical Material, circa 1935-1992
Series II. Writings and Other Works, circa 1930-1989
Series III. Teaching Material, circa 1940-1979

Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection was formerly housed in the University Archives & Records Center, then transferred to Special Collection in 2002 through authorization from the Bureau for Faculty Research.

Related Material

Selected works by Arthur C. Hicks are available in the Western Collection in Special Collections. Additional copies of these works may also be available in the Libraries' circulating collection.

Copyright Notice

Material in this collection may be under copyright.

Inventory

Series I. Biographical Material, circa 1935-1992
Series II. Writings and Other Works, circa 1930-1989
Series III. Teaching Material, circa 1940-1979

Series I. Biographical Material, circa 1935-1992

Box 1

1/1 WWSC Faculty, circa 1957-1960
1/2 WWSC English department, circa 1958-1971
1/3 WWSC Faculty Men's Discussion Club, circa 1942-1964
1/4 Fairhaven College, circa 1978-1982
1/5 AAUP, circa 1946-1988
1/6 Bellingham Chamber Music, circa 1965-1990
1/7 Bellingham Theatre Guild; miscellaneous; programs, circa 1969-1981
1/8 State tax reform, 1938
1/9 Correspondence (outgoing), 1944-1992
1/10 Correspondence (incoming), circa 1935-1983
 
Series II. Writings and Other Works, circa 1930-1989

Box 2

2/1 Academic papers – “The Author's Attitude Toward His Public”; “Ramus as Humanist”; “Reading Report for 196a, Literature and Civlization.”; “The Relationship between Society and the Author.”; miscellaneous, circa 1930s
2/2 Draft doctoral dissertation – Shelley and Christianity, undated
2/3 Draft – The First Fifty Years of the Western Washington College of Education, 1899-1949, undated
2/4 Writings – “An American Performance of The Cenci”; preface to V.H. Hoppe’s The Fiftieth Anniversary Committee Presents Cavalcade of Years: a Memory Show in Seven Episodes; “Scholarship in the Tradition of Western: Address to the Scholarship Society, Western Washington College of Education, June 1, 1960”; “Shakespeare's Depiction of Law and Its Agents in Relation to William O. Douglas”; “Article for Whatcom County Encyclopedia”; miscellaneous, circa 1941-1989

Box 3

3/1 Texts of and notes for talks, 1934-1982
3/2 Texts of and notes for talks, undated
3/3 "Poets and poetry" presentations; introductions, undated

Box 4

4/1 Miscellaneous materials used by Hicks as student, undated
4/2 Miscellaneous study and research notes, undated
4/3 Personal reading lists, circa 1918-1988

Series III. Teaching Material, circa 1940-1979

Individual Authors

Box 5

5/1 Balzac, undated
5/2 Blake, undated
5/3 Bronte, undated
5/4 Browne, undated
5/5 Browning – current, undated
5/6 Bryant, undated
5/7 Bunyan, undated
5/8 Burns, undated
5/9 Byron, undated
5/10 Carlyle, undated
5/11 Cervantes, undated
5/12 Chaucer, undated
5/13 Coleridge, undated
5/14 Conrad, undated
5/15 Crane, undated
5/16 Dante, undated
5/17 Dickens, undated
5/18 Dickinson, undated
5/19 Dryden, undated

Box 6

6/1 Edwards, undated
6/2 Emerson, undated
6/3 Eliot, G., undated
6/4 Fielding, undated
6/5 Forester, E.M., undated
6/6 Franklin, undated
6/7 Galileo, undated
6/8 Goethe, undated
6/9 Gogol, undated
6/10 Hardy, undated
6/11 Harte, Brent, undated
6/12 Hawthorne, undated
6/13 Hazlitt, undated
6/14 Heine, undated
6/15 Homer, undated
6/16 Howells, undated
6/17 Hugo, undated
6/18 Huxley, undated
6/19 Irsen, undated
6/20 Irving, undated
6/21 James, Henry, undated
6/22 Jefferson, undated
6/23 Johnson, undated
6/23 Keates, undated
6/24 Lamb, undated
6/25 Longfellow, undated
6/26 Lucretius, undated

Box 7

7/1 Machiavelli, undated
7/2 Macaulay, undated
7/3 Malory, undated
7/4 Mann, Thomas, undated
7/5 Marx, undated
7/6 Melville, undated
7/7 Meredith, undated
7/8 Milton, undated
7/9 Moliere, undated
7/10 Newman, undated
7/11 Nietzsche, undated
7/12 Pater, undated
7/13 Plato and Aristotle, undated
7/14 Poe, undated
7/15 Pope, undated
7/16 Richardson, undated
7/17 Rousseau, undated
7/18 Ruskin, undated
7/19 Scott, undated

Box 8

8/1-8/3 Shakespeare, undated

Box 9

9/1 Shaw, undated
9/2 Shelley, undated
9/3 Smollett, undated
9/4 Sterne, undated
9/5 Stevenson, undated
9/6 Swift, undated
9/7 Swinburne, undated
9/8 Tennyson, undated
9/9 Thackeray, undated
9/10 Thoreau, undated
9/11 Trollope, undated
9/12 Virgil, undated
9/13 Voltaire, undated
9/14 Whitman, undated
9/15-9/16 Wordsworth, undated

Individual Courses

Box 10

10/1 College Problems, 1943
10/2 English I, undated
10/2 English 53, undated
10/4 English 54, undated
10/5 English 64, 1945
10/6 English 65, undated
10/7 English 66, undated
10/8 English 67, undated
10/9 English 100, undated
10/10 English 122, undated
10/11 English 263, undated
10/12-10/13 English 264, 1948
10/14 English 265, 1957

Box 11

11/1 English 300, undated
11/2 English 301, undated
11/3 English 301 – correspondence, undated
11/4 English 310C, 1948
11/5 English 323, undated
11/6-11/8 English 324, undated
11/9 English 330, 1948
11/10 English 331, undated
11/11 English 360, undated
11/12 English 543, undated
11/13-11/14 English Literature 303, undated

Box 12

12/1 Film, circa 1950s-1960
12/2 General Literature 45, undated
12/3 History, undated
12/4-12/6 Humanities, undated
12/7 Humanities Colloquium, 1967
12/8 Loyalty, circa 1970s
12/9 Miscellaneous, undated

 

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