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Arthur C. Hicks Papers, 1935-1992

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Hicks, Arthur C.
Title
Arthur C. Hicks Papers
Dates
1935-1992 (bulk)
Quantity
5 linear feet, (12 boxes)
Collection Number
XOE_SC0002HicksAC
Summary
The Arthur C. Hicks Papers contain biographical material and correspondence, as well as career papers including manuscripts, and extensive teaching and research notes.
Repository
Western Washington University, Heritage Resources
Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
98225-9123
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Heritage.Resources@wwu.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Material in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Arthur C. Hicks Papers, Western Libraries Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I:  Biographical Material, circa 1935-1992Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
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 1930-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Academic papers - "The Author's Attitude Toward His Public"; "Ramus as Humanist"; "Reading Report for 196a, Literature and Civilization"; "The Relationship between Society and the Author"; miscellaneous
circa 1930s
Box
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
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
4/1
Miscellaneous materials used by Hicks as a student
undated
4/2
Miscellaneous study and research notes
undated
4/3
Personal reading lists
circa 1918-1988

Series III:  Teaching Material, circa 1940-1979Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Individual Authors
Box/Folder
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
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
6/24
Lamb
undated
6/25
Longfellow
undated
6/26
Lucretius
undated
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
8/1-8/3
Shakespeare
undated
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/Folder
10/1
College Problems
1943
10/2
English I
undated
10/3
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
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
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