Guide to the Arthur C. Hicks Papers

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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
Contact Information: Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Building
808 25th St
Bellingham, WA
Telephone: 360-650-7747
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

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.

Content Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

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 Information

Arrangement :

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

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

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

Related Materials :  

Select 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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series I:  Biographical Material, circa 1935-1992
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

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Series II:  Writings and Other Works, circa 1930-1989
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
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

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Series III:  Teaching Material, circa 1940-1979
Individual Authors
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
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

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Hicks, Arthur C. (Arthur Clark), 1901- --Archives
  • Subject Terms :
  • English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--History--Sources

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