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Ludell Cheney papers

Identifier: c-00595

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1926 - 1994
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1926 - 1954


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 5 folders)

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Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Ludell Cheney Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
S. Roberts
August 2007
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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East Lansing MI 48824 US