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Reverend E.B. Hicks papers

Call Number: RH MS 467


The Reverend E.B. Hicks Papers are those of a native Kansan who served as pastor in several Kansas towns and was also active in a number of local, regional, and national Baptist Conventions, societies, and mission organizations.


  • Creation: 1932 - 1987


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Biography of Reverend E.B. Hicks

Elder Barney Hicks was born 11 July 1907 in Wichita, Kansas to Daniel and Carrie (Smith) Hicks. He grew up and attended public schools in Topeka, Kansas. Hicks received his license to preach as a Baptist minister in 1931 and, in 1934, graduated from the Topeka, Kansas Central Baptist Seminary. He earned an A.B. Degree from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, in 1951.

From 1934 to 1936, Hicks served as a pastor in Paxico, Kansas; in Holton and Horton, Kansas from 1936-37; and in Duluth, Minnesota from 1937-42. While in Duluth he was elected Moderator of the Lake Superior Baptist Association and was the first African American to serve in that capacity. During World War II, Hicks served in the United States Army Chaplain's Corp; first as a First Lieutenant and, later, promoted to Captain. After the War, in 1945, Hicks became the Executive Secretary and Missionary of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas; he served in this position from 1945 to 1956 and worked with 126 churches in upgrading the work of the churches, especially outreach. In 1956 he became the first African American to serve as Field Representative in the American Baptist Home Mission Societies Department of Cities. Hicks had special responsibility for the Baptist Educational Centers and for opening up communications between Black and White Baptist Conventions. When, in 1963, the Baptist Education Centers was combined with two other divisions, Hicks became the Associate Director of the Community Witness Program. In 1967 he became the Program Associate for the Inner City Work for the Division of Church Missions. In 1969 he became the Assistant Secretary of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies' Division of Parish Development and Missions. From 1971 to 1976 Hicks served as the Regional Executive Minister of the newly organized American Baptist Churches of the South. After semi-retiring in 1976 he began working part-time as the Ohio Baptist Convention's Minister of Cooperative Relationships. He retired again in 1984 and returned to Topeka where he was active as a church consultant on missions, stewardship and administration, and as a guest speaker.

Hicks was a member of the Executive Committee of the American Baptist Eastern Commission on Ministry, 1975-76; the American Baptist Executive Ministers Council, 1971-76; the Board of Directors of the Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, 1973-76; the Trustees of Morehouse School of Religion, 1974-76; and the NAACP.

E.B. Hicks married Effie May Hayes on 9 March 1927. They had four children: Rose Marie, Milton T., James Edward, and E. Barney, Jr. Effie Mary Hicks died in 1960. On 10 October 1961, Hicks married Roena Sayers Starks. Elder Barney Hicks died 9 August 1992.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 2 folders)

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Scope and Contents

The E. B. Hicks Papers date from 1932 to 1987 and have been have been divided into eight series: Biographical Material, Citations, Clippings, Correspondence, Memo Books, Miscellany (including a booklet on the Black Church in Duluth, Minnesota and material about the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas), and Writings (including historical information on Baptist churches in Emporia, Leavenworth, and Kansas City, Kansas). The Papers contain considerable material about and by Rev. Hicks. Material about his varied career can be found especially in the Correspondence and Memo Books series. Much of the material produced in his official capacity remained in the files of the offices he worked for.

The Collection's two photographs can be found at RH MS-P 467.

Physical Location

RH MS 467

Physical Location

RH MS-P 467

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rev. E. B. Hicks, 1986 and 1987.

Related Materials

Hicks, E. B. (Elder Barney), 1907-1992, First Baptist Church of Leavenworth, Kansas History. 1957., at RH MS P529, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Hicks, E. B. (Elder Barney), 1907-, "I couldn’t quit" / by E.B. Hicks. Kansas City, Kan. : Jesus Christ Loves You Publishing Co., 1991, at RH C8412, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Guide to the Reverend E.B. Hicks Collection
Reverend E.B. Hicks papers
Finding aid prepared by kdo, 1988; mg, 2004; revised by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004, revised by mbw, 2010; revised by skt, 2010
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Reverend E.B. Hicks Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 467, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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