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Western at 75, a history of the institution, was written in 1974 by Dr. Arthur C. Hicks on the Diamond Anniversary of Western Washington State College. Dr. Hicks used the opportunity to update his book, The First Fifty Years, which he had prepared for the Golden Anniversary of what is now Western Washington University. The book traces the history of a teacher training institute (state normal school) from 1899 through its transformation into a liberal arts school, with a still strong commitment to teacher education, but on the move towards a more broadly based curriculum with multiple colleges and bright hopes for its future.

The author, Dr. Arthur C. Hicks was a teacher and scholar of English literature, specializing in the English Romantic poets. Born 1901 in Canyon City, Oregon. Educated at the University of Oregon (BA 1922, MA 1927) and Stanford University (PhD 1932). Member of the faculty, Western Washington University, 1933-1969; Professor Emeritus of English, Western Washington University. Dr. Hicks passed away in 1994.

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Western Washington State College Foundation


Bellingham, WA


Universities and colleges Bellingham (Wash.), Western Washington State College, Western Washington College of Education, New Whatcom State Normal School, WWU campus history


Higher Education


This project in those parts dealing with the first 50 years was mainly the work of a faculty sub-committee set up in the late forties by the Golden Anniversary Committee. On the sub-committee were Edward J. Arntzen, Sanford E. Carver, Nora B. Cummins, Herbert R. Hearsey, Merle S. Kuder and Arthur C. Hicks, chairman. The last-named prepared the text; the others participated in the planning and the tasks of research. Miriam L. Peck was mainly responsible for the design of the cover, and Ruth A. Burnet assisted in the selection and placing of illustrations.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Western Washington State College--History; Universities and colleges--Washington (State)--Bellingham--History;

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington State College

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)

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Western at 75