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Frances Neel Cheney

Frances Neel Cheney, American librarian, educator. Recipient Beta Phi Mu award for outstanding teaching, 1959, Mudge award for reference service, 1962; Constance Lindsay Skinner award, 1976; Mary University Rothrock award, 1979; award Japan Library Association, 1982.

Background

  • Cheney, Frances Neel was born on August 19, 1906 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of Thomas Meeks and Carrie (Tucker) Neel.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Vanderbilt University, 1928. Bachelor of Science in liberal studies, Peabody Library School, 1934. Master of Science, Columbia, 1940.

      Doctor of Letters, Marquette University, 1966.

    Career

    • Librarian, chemistry library Vanderbilt University, 1928-1929, circulation assistant, 1929-1930, reference librarian, 1930-1937, Joint University Libraries, 1937-1943, head reference department, 1945-1946. Assistant professor Peabody Library School, Nashville, 1946-1949, associate professor, 1949-1950, 52-67, professor, 1967-1975, professor emeritus, since 1976, also associate director. Assistant to chair of poetry Library of Congress, 1943-1944, bibliographer general reference division, 1944-1945.

      Visiting faculty Japan Library School, Tokyo, 1951-1952.

    Membership

    Member Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs. Member American Library Association (executive board, honorary), Southeast Library Association (president 1960-1962), Tennessee Library Association (past president), Tennessee History Association, Tennessee Folklore Society, Bibliographical Society of America, Association American Library Schools (past president), Delta Delta Delta.

    Connections

    • Married Brainard Cheney, June 21, 1928.
    • father: Thomas Meeks Neel
    • mother: Carrie (Tucker) Neel
    • spouse: Brainard Cheney
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    • 1928
      Vanderbilt University
    • 1934
      Peabody Library School
    • 1940
      Columbia
    • 1966
      Marquette University
    • 1930 - 1937
      Librarian
    • 1937 - 1943
      Librarian
    • 1946 - 1949
      assistant, professor Peabody Library School
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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