Frederick Charles Hicks, 1875–1956

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Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

Chair, Committee on Instruction in Use of Law Books, 1917–18
Chair, Program Committee, 1918–19
President, 1919–21 (first academic law librarian to serve as president)
Executive Board, 1921–24, 1930–32
Chair, Committee on Appropriations for Law School Libraries, 1933–34
Chair, Committee on Education for Law Librarianship, 1934–35
Chair, Advisory Committee on Expansion Plan, 1935–37
Chair, Committee on Law Library Journal, 1936–37, 1938–40

Professional Honors and Awards

Elected Life Member of AALL, 1946

AALL’s Academic Special Interest Section Award for Outstanding Service to Academic Law Librarianship named in his honor, 2000
AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class (Pioneer), 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

Special Note: Hicks was an acknowledged scholar and prolific writer. The following is only a selection of his works and is intended to demonstrate the breath of his many writings. A bibliography of Hick’s writings appears in Law Library Journal 37 (1944): 19–24.

“The Equality of States and the Hague Conferences,” American Journal of International Law 2 (1908): 530–61.
“The Relation of Special Libraries to Public and University Libraries,” Library Journal 35 (1910): 487–93.
“Where Are the Law Books,” Green Bag 22 (1910): 520–22.
Aids to the Study and Use of Law Books. New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., 1913.
“Law Libraries and the Public,” Law Library Journal 6 (1914): 52–56.
“List of Books on Shakespeare and the Law,” Law Library Journal 9 (1916): 20–22.
“Instruction in Legal Bibliography at Columbia University Law School,” Law Library Journal 9 (1916): 121–25.
“The Teaching of Legal Bibliography,” Law Library Journal 11 (1918): 1–8.
“The Effect of the World War on Anglo-American Legal Literature,” Law Library Journal 11 (1918): 33–44.

The New World Order: International Organization, International Law, International Cooperation. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1920.
“The Modern Medusa,” Law Library Journal 14 (1921): 7–14.
Men and Books Famous in the Law. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1921.
Materials and Methods of Legal Research. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1923. [2nd ed, 1933; 3rd ed, 1942]
Famous American Jury Speeches. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1925.
Arguments and Addresses of Joseph Hodges Choate. St. Paul: Minn.: West Publishing Co, 1926.
“The Widening Scope of Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 19 (1926): 61–67.
“The Future of Legal Bibliography,” Law Library Journal 20 (1927): 30–37.
Human Jettison, A Sea Tale From the Law. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1927.
High Finance in the Sixties. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1929.
Famous Speeches by Eminent American Statesmen. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1929.
“Educational Requirements for Law Libraries,” Law Library Journal 23 (1930): 62–67.
“The Practice of Law by Laymen and Lay Agencies,” Yale Law Journal 41 (1931): 69–100 (with Elliott R. Katz).
“Cataloging and Classification in a Modern Law School Library,” Law Library Journal 25 (1932): 41–55.
Organization and Ethics of the Bench and Bar. Rochester, N.Y.: Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Co., 1932.
Unauthorized Practice of Law: A Handbook for Lawyers and Laymen. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1934 (with Elliott R. Katz).
Yale Law School: The Founders and the Founders’ Collection. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1935.
Yale Law School: From the Founders to Dutton, 1845–1869. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1936.
“Technique of Legal Research for the Practicing Lawyer,” Law Library Journal 31 (1938): 1–12.
Yale Law Library Classification. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1939.
William Howard Taft, Yale Professor of Law and New Haven Citizen. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1945.

Selected Publications about the Inductee


Lawrence H. Schmehl, “Who’s Who in Law Libraries: Frederick C. Hicks, Librarian of the Yale Law School Library,” Law Library Journal 37 (1944): 16–19. [includes “Bibliography of Books and Articles by Frederick C. Hicks” (19–24), and photograph of Hicks (16)]
Samuel E. Thorne, “In Memory of Frederick Charles Hicks,” Law Library Journal 49 (1956): 277–78.
William R. Roalfe, “Frederick C. Hicks: Scholar-Librarian,” Law Library Journal 50 (1957): 88–98.
Marian Gallagher, Julius J. Marke & Arthur A. Charpentier, ”I Remember Them Well,” Law Library Journal 75 (1982): 270, 273.
Stacy Etheredge, “Frederick C. Hicks: The Dean of Law Librarians,” Law Library Journal 98 (2006): 349–65.
A. Hayes Butler, “Frederick Hick’s Strategic Vision for Law Librarianship,” Law Library Journal 98 (2006): 367–79.

Professional Positions

Assistant and then Assistant Chief, Map Division, Library of Congress 1898–04
Practicing Attorney, Auburn, N.Y., 1904–05
Librarian, Naval War College, Newport, R.I., 1905–08
Assistant Librarian, Brooklyn [N.Y.] Public Library, 1908–09
Superintendent of Reading Rooms, Columbia University, 1909–11
Superintendent of Reading Rooms and Assistant Librarian, Columbia University, 1911–15
Instructor in Extension Department and Summer Session, Columbia University, 1911–21
Instructor and Librarian, Columbia University Law School, 1915–21
Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography and Librarian, Columbia University, 1921–28
Professor of Legal Bibliography and Law Librarian, Yale University, 1928–29
Professor of Law and Law Librarian, Yale University, 1929–45
Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale University, 1945–56

Education

Ph.B., Colgate University, 1898
LL.B., Georgetown University, 1901
A.M., Brown University, 1907
Litt.D. (Hon.), Colgate University, 1922
A.M. (Hon.), Yale University, 1928

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

Admitted to the Practice of Law, New York, 1901 (?)
Charter Member, Special Libraries Association, 1909
Member, AALS Library Problems Round Table Council, 1932, 1933, 1935