Fonds MS-2-511 - Henry Davies Hicks fonds

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Henry Davies Hicks fonds

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  • 1929 - 1990 (Creation)
    Hicks, Henry D.

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590 cm of textual records
ca. 150 photographs

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(1915 - 1990)

Biographical history

Henry Davies Hicks was born 5 March 1915 at Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, the son of Henry Brandon Hicks and Annie May (Kinney) Hicks. He graduated from Bridgetown High School. Hicks received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University (Chemistry) in 1936, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University in 1937, As a Rhodes Scholar he went on the receive both a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford University in 1939 and 1940 respectively. In 1945 Henry Hicks married Pauline Banks and they had four children. He married for the second time, in in 1965, to Gene (MacGregor) Morison. Hicks married Rosalie Marie (Hummie) Comeau in January of 1990. Hicks was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1941. After his wartime service he set up a law partnership with John D. Orlando. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery and became a specialist in radar. He served in Canada, England, and, Belgium. He had reached the rank of captain by the time of his discharge in 1945. Hicks was elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature from Annapolis County in October 1945, serving that riding until 1956, He was elected for Annapolis East from 1956 until his personal defeat in 1960. He was the province's first Minister of Education, serving from 1949-1955. In January of 1954 he became the Provincial Secretary and then Premier of the Province of Nova Scotia on September 30th; chairman of Nova Scotia Power Commission from 1954-56; and, chairman of Nova Scotia Liquor Commission in 1955. He was the leader of the Official Opposition from 1956-60. Hicks was a member of the Liberal Party of Nova Scotia and its leader from 1954-61, In 1960 Henry Hicks was appointed Dean of Arts and Sciences for Dalhousie University followed by appointments as vice-president in 1961 and president in 1963. He served as university president from 1963 to October 1980. He became President Emeritus upon his leaving the position of president. Hicks was active in: UNESCO, serving as its president 1964-1968; president of the Canadian Bible Society, 1965-68; member of the Canada Council, 1963-69; member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and, served on the Board of Governors of the University of Guyana, 1970-1975. Hicks was also a member of: the Royal Canadian Legion; the Halifax Club; Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia; Atlantic Salmon Federation; The Saraguay Club; Leander Club; Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies; Nova Scotia Stamp Club; Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada; The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada; The Postal History Society of Canada; The Royal Philatelic Society, London; and, the Bishop Family Association. He was a Freemason (Scot Rite). His hobbies included: fly fishing; philately; bridge; and, woodworking, Hick was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada on June 26, 1970, in recognition of his contribution in the fields of government and education. On April 27, 1972 he was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. He retired March 5, 1990, on his 75th birthday. Henry Hicks and his wife Rosalie died on December 9, 1990, from injuries sustained as a result of an automobile accident, at St. Croix, Nova Scotia.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Henry Hicks in
three accessions: (1984-006) in 1984, and (1990-029) and (1990-041) in 1990; by Alice Moore in accession (1987-057) in 1987; and by Catherine Maggs, daughter of Henry Hicks, in accession (1991-041) in 1991.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of material relating to Henry Hicks political career, his time as Dalhousie University President and also his personal papers and hobbies. This fonds includes his diaries, personal papers, appointment books, correspondence, Dalhousie records, speeches, political records, philatelic records, newspaper clippings and photographs.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Related records found in Dalhousie University President's Office (UA-3) fonds.

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Further accruals are awaiting processing.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Henry Davies Hicks fonds, MS-2-511, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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2007 (creation)
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April 2020 (revision)

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