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John W. Hicks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 543

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of John Hicks, Vice President and Acting President of Purdue University. Types of materials include awards, photographs, scrapbooks, and papers. Please see PDF Finding Aid for collection inventory.


  • 1920 - 2005


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

This collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of collection material may be in the public domain. Other copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator/publisher. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

John W. Hicks was born in Sydney, Australia, where his father was an executive with Paramount Pictures. As a preteen he moved with his family to New Rochelle, New York, and in 1939 entered Massachusetts State College (later the University of Massachusetts). His education was interrupted by World War II. Mr. Hicks served in the Army Air Corps for three years in the Pacific Theater, stationed on the islands of Saipan and Guam. After the war he returned to Massachusetts to finish his bachelor's degree. John Hicks came to Purdue in 1947 as a student and earned his master's and doctorate degrees in 1948 and 1950, respectively. After completing his degrees, he began teaching agricultural economics. He was so popular with students, his freshman Agricultural Economics course was called "Fun Hour One." In 1955 he was appointed executive assistant to Purdue President Frederick L. Hovde and later served in the save role under Purdue President Arthur Hansen. Following the retirement of Hansen, Hicks was named acting president in 1982--a position he held until 1983 when Steven Beering became president. Beering appointed Hicks senior vice president, a position he held until his 1987 retirement. He was named an emeritus professor of agricultural economics and senior vice president emeritus. Hicks continued teaching until January 1995.
Source: Fourth meeting of the 2002-2003 Purdue University Senate, pg. 29. UA 8, Purdue University Faculty and Senate records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


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Collection contents are contained in a series of nine boxes, with the ninth box contains Framed Plaques, Certificates, Diplomas.

Processing Information

Materials have been housed in acid-free folders and boxes.
John W. Hicks papers
In Progress
Amanda Rumba and Archives Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed by Archives Staff at an unknown date.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-02: Collection identifier updated from 0000JWH1 to MSF 543 by Adriana Harmeyer.
  • 2020-04-27: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba to align with data entry standards.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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