Ludell Cheney Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Cheney, Ludell
Ludell Cheney papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1926-1954
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 5 folders

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Ludell Cheney was born April 8, 1910 near Mason, Michigan. He and his brother Paul were members of one of the first three 4-H clubs organized in Ingham County in 1926. In 1927 and 1928 Cheney was on the county dairy judging team as well as the State Judging Team in 1928. In 1930, he was one of two people that represented Michigan at the National 4-H Camp in Washington D.C.

Cheney owned 300 acres that he farmed and kept dairy cows. He became a 4-H leader, served on the school board and held other positions in the community.

Cheney died on February 27, 1994.

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Scope and Contents note

The Ludell Cheney papers contain materials about 4-H. The papers include newspaper clippings about Cheney and 4-H booklet called "Fun at the Meeting Place." There is also sheet music for two pieces called "A Plowing Song- 4-H Club Song for Boys" and "Dreaming- 4-H Song for Girls." Also included is a scrapbook Cheney created to submit for a 4-H Alumni Award in 1954. It includes descriptions of his time in the club, outline of a demonstration, radio talk, speech, as well as news clippings and photographs. There is also a panoramic photograph of 4-H club members, including Cheney, on the White House Lawn in 1930.

A photograph of the Cheney brothers presenting their "Production of Quality Milk" demonstration at the 1928 Farmers Week can also be found in the Malcolm Trout collection ( in the MSU Archives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2007

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Cheney, Ludell
  • Webster, Phyllis


  • 4-H clubs
  • 4-H clubs -- Michigan -- Ingham County
  • 4-H clubs -- Songs and music

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Collection Inventory


Scope and Contents note


"Fun at the Meeting Place" booklet Undated 


Newspaper clippings 1951, 1986, 1994 


Scrapbook 1926-1954 


Sheet Music 1927 


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Photographs- Oversized 


4-H members on White House lawn 1930 


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