Frederick Charles Hicks, 1875 – 1956

Hall of Fame Pioneer
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