Guide to the Franklin Simpson Hickman papers, 1930-1964


Franklin Simpson Hickman served as a Professor in the Divinity School from 1927 until he retired in 1953. The collection contains sermons, bulletins, correspondence, and printed material authored by Hickman and ranges in date from 1930-1964.

Collection Details

Record Group
Franklin Simpson Hickman papers
Hickman, Franklin Simpson, 1886-1965
0.5 Linear Feet, 300 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Contains sermons, bulletins, correspondence, and printed material authored by Hickman. The collection ranges in date from 1930-1964.

More Biographical / Historical Info

Using These Materials

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 2 full business days in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access to the Collection

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Collection is open for research.

warning Use & Permissions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

More copyright and citation information

How to Cite

[Identification of item], Franklin Simpson Hickman Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Duke University Church and Chapel, 1937-1964

Includes sermons, bulletins, correspondence, agendas

Box 1
Speaking Engagements, 1947-1952
Box 1
Duke University (general), 1948-1952
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1936-1962
Box 1
Phillips Brooks Club, 1939-1952
Box 1
Miscellaneous Publications, Course Outlines, and Lectures (all by Hickman)

Includes: A Child in the Midst of Democracy, address to the Duke Endowment, 1934 Advanced Psychology of Religion, course outline Wells of Life, a collection of lectures given by Hickman in China (with Chinese translation included), circa late-1930s Introduction to the Psychology of Religion, 1926 The Possible Self: A Study in Religious Education as Adaptation, 1933 Signs of Promise, 1943 Christian Vocation, 1930

Box 1

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Hickman served as Professor in the Divinity School and Dean of the Chapel until 1953. A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, he was forced to drop out of high school in his senior year after his father died. He secured a job with the railroad as a caller of trains and continued with the railroad in various jobs until he was 25 years old. He decided to go into the ministry and after two years work in the Northern Indiana Conference of the Methodist church, he accepted his first pastorate in Fremont.

He married Veva Castell in 1913 and entered DePauw University. He graduated in 1917 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and attended the School of Theology at Boston University were he received the Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and then attended Northwestern University where he received his PhD in 1923. Hickman came to Duke in 1927 after having taught at the Chicago Training School, Hamline University and Emory University. He presided at the formal dedication of the Duke Chapel in 1932 and was organizer of the university church. He was Dean of the Chapel from 1938-1948 and for many years delivered at least half of the weekly Chapel sermons. From 1932 to 1938, he held the title of Preacher to the University at Duke. Later he became the first Professor of Preaching in the Duke Divinity School. He retired in 1953. After retiring, Hickman moved to Angola, Indiana, where he was living at the time of his death. He died November 11, 1965.

Related Material

  • Minister to the University records. (Duke University Archives.)
  • Friends of the Duke Chapel records. (Duke University Archives.)
  • News Service Biographical Files. (Duke University Archives.)
  • Biographical Reference Collection. (Duke University Archives.)
  • Photograph Collection. (Duke University Archives.)

Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.


The Franklin Simpson Hickman papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, September 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, September 2006

Accession A74-8 is described in this finding aid.