Abstract

Professor of Physical Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst when it was known as Massachusetts Agricultural College who established the physical education program for women and helped to create the women's gymnasium and athletic field. In her retirement she composed music that was performed by the University of Arizona orchestra. Includes musical scores, lesson-plan photographs illustrating instruction in modern dance, correspondence, printed programs for performance of the muscial compositions, text of an address, a history of physical education for women at Massachustts State College by Mrs. Hicks, personnel records, and brief biographical items.

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Language:

English
Special Collections & University Archives
UMass Amherst Libraries
154 Hicks Way
Amherst, Mass. 01003-9275
413-545-2780
Adeline E. Hicks Papers
1936-1976
2 boxes 1.25 linear ft.
Call no.: FS 70

Background on Adeline S. Hicks

Adeline E. Hicks, a graduate of the Michigan State Normal College in 1909, and B.A., 1925, established the physical education program for women at the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1917, was made a member of the faculty in 1921, and became Physical Director for Women in 1927. She was one of the earliest exponents of modern dance as part of the physical education curriculum. Under her direction the old Drill Hall was renovated into the women's gymnasium in 1931, and a new athletic field for women was opened in 1936. In 1937 Mrs. Hicks resigned after twenty years of distinguished service, which were marked by a citation from the Board of Trustees. In 1949 she retired to Arizona with her husband, Curry S. Hicks, who was head of the department of physical education of the College from 1911 until 1949.

In retirement Mrs. Hicks' interest in modern dance turned toward the creation of music, and for ten years she composed in many different forms and for many different instruments and combinations, including symphonic forms. All of her symphonic pieces were performed by the University of Arizona Orchestra between 1970 and 1976, and many of her compositions for smaller groups were also performed there, between 1967 and 1976.

Contents of Collection

The Adeline Hicks Papers consist largely of manuscript musical scores and parts, composed by Mrs. Hicks in the 1960s and 1970s at the University of Arizona. Also included are lesson-plan photographs illustrating instruction in modern dance given by Mrs. Hicks at the University of Massachusetts during 1917-1937. To these have been added brief biographical items, including correspondence and poetry; the text of an address; a history of physical education for women at Massachusetts State College written by Mrs. Hicks in 1936; and printed programs for performances of many of her musical compositions.

Arrangement
Collection inventory
Series 1. Biographical and Instructional Materials
n.d.

Biography


Box 1: 1
Lesson-plan photos for modern dance instruction


Box 1: 2
Series 2. Musical Compositions: Large Forms
1970-1976, n.d.

Autumn For orchestra.
1970

Box 1: 3
Fugue. For orchestra.
1976

Box 1: 4
Measured Notes For band.
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Box 1: 5
A Musical Sentence. For band.
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Box 1: 6
A Small Symphony. For orchestra.
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Box 1: 7
Theme and Variations. For orchestra.
1971

Box 1: 8
Verses Without Chorus. For band.
1972

Box 1: 9
The Wanderer - His Journey. His Song For orchestra.
n.d.

Box 1: 10
Series 3. Musical Compositions: Small Forms
1967-1976, n.d.

At Times, Adrift. For harp.
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Box 2: 11
Autumn For string quartet.
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Box 2: 11
Away The Night. For woodwind quintet.
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Box 2: 11
Brass Trio. For trumpet, horn, trombone.
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Box 2: 11
Busy Days. For trumpet, horn, trombone.
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Box 2: 11
Calls. For 2 trumpets, trombone.
1967

Box 2: 12
Flute Tones. For flute quartet.
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Box 2: 12
Forthreto. For piano.
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Box 2: 12
Fugue (Sax Quartet)
1975

Box 2: 12
Gigue. For flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, b'assoon.
1969

Box 2: 12
Is It Not So? For solo trumpet, with song.
n.d.

Box 2: 13
Maybe So. Piano duet.
1976

Box 2: 13
Minuet. For string quartet.
n.d.

Box 2: 13
Modern Armada. For solo oboe, w. piano acc.
n.d.

Box 2: 13
Organ Study, w. Andrew W. Buchhauser.
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Box 2: 13
Piano Duet, with canon woven into it.
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Box 2: 14
Resolution. For woodwind quintet.
1968

Box 2: 14
Rondo. For oboe, Bb & bass clarinet, bassoon.
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Box 2: 14
Rondo--Minuet. For woodwind quartet.
1968

Box 2: 14
Serenade. Piano duet.
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Box 2: 14
Shenandoah. For oboe,E.H., trombone, bar. sax.
n.d.

Box 2: 15
Singular Melody. For piano.
1967

Box 2: 15
Song in C Major. For clarinet and piano.
1969

Box 2: 15
Songs. Piano-vocal score:
1969-1970

Christmas Eve at Sea


Box 2: 15
Desert Song and Rhythms


Box 2: 15
A Fleeting Thought or Two


Box 2: 15
Is It Not So


Box 2: 15
Occurrences


Box 2: 15
Thanksgiving Hymn (Autumn)


Box 2: 15
The Wanderer - His Journey. His Song.


Box 2: 15
A Source There Is. For woodwind quintet.
n.d.

Box 2: 16
Spring! For woodwind quartet.
1969

Box 2: 16
Spring! For flute and piano.
1976

Box 2: 17
Strange Spring. For fls., ob., cl., bn., percus'n,
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Box 2: 17
That-a-Way. For flute quartet.
n.d.

Box 2: 18
This-a-Way (XLIV) For saxophone quartet.
n.d.

Box 2: 18
This-a-Way (XLV) For brass quintet.
1976

Box 2: 18
Through The Ages - The Song. The Dance. "Recorders?"
n.d.

Box 2: 18
Today's Way. For English horn and piano.
n.d.

Box 2: 19
Together They Go. For string quartet.
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Box 2: 19
Two and Three. For 2 trumpets, 1 trombone.
1967

Box 2: 19
2 Dance Suites. For piano.
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Box 2: 20
Vision. For woodwind quintet.
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Box 2: 20
Whole Tone Tryout. For piano.
n.d.

Box 2: 21
Winds of Woodlands. For fl., oboe, bn., timpani,
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Box 2: 21
Woodwind Quintet. For fl., oboe, cl., horn, bn.
n.d.

Box 2: 21
Woodwinds With Piano. For flute, oboe, E.H., clarinet, and piano.
n.d.

Box 2: 21
Administrative information
Alternative Formats

Some materials, primarily photographs and biographical materials including correspondence, University reports, poetry and clippings, have been digitized and are available online at: http://clio.fivecolleges.edu/umass/40-11faculty/hicks/

Provenance

Acquired from Adeline Hicks in June 1981.

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Processed by SCUA staff.

Acknowledgments

Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Adeline E. Hicks Papers (RG 40/11 Hicks). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Composers--Massachusetts.
  • Music--Massachusetts.
  • Sports for women.
Names
  • Hicks, Adeline E.
  • Hicks, Adeline E.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst. Department of Physical Education.
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst--Faculty.