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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Married Brainard Cheney, June 21, 1928.

Thomas Meeks Neel

Carrie (Tucker) Neel

Brainard Cheney