The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

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David R. Cheney Papers, 1970s-1990s

MSS-157

Size: 12.25 linear feet

Provenance: Gift of Gift of David R. Cheney, April 2001

Access: open

Collection Summary: This collection contains Cheney's research on Leigh Hunt, including correspondence and card file indices as well as his Dictionary of Renaisance Allegorical Animals.

Subjects: Literature

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Processing Note:

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by:  Kim Brownlee, May 2002; last updated: June, 2014.

Biographical Sketch

            Dr. David R. Cheney, retired professor of English, taught at the University of Toledo for 27 years (1965-1992).  Born on January 23, 1922 at Castle Dale, Utah, he was the son of Silas and Klara Cheney.  He served in the South Pacific during World War II as a company clerk and member of the Armed Service Forces Band.  He graduated from the University of Utah in 1948, and married Patricia Anne Snow the same year.  He then earned M.A. degrees from both Utah (1949) and Harvard (1951), a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (1955), and did postdoctoral work at the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1958.
            Dr. Cheney became interested in Leigh Hunt while studying at the University of Iowa, where the largest Hunt collection in the world is held.  Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a noted English journalist, essayist, poet and critic.  In 1806 he and his brother, John Hunt, founded “The Examiner,” a London newspaper containing literary works, news and opinion. From 1819-1821, he edited and wrote for “The Indicator,” a literary publication.  Though Hunt is remembered as a poet and journalist, he is most famous for his friendships with noted writers of the time, especially Shelley and Keats.  He was also acquainted with Dickens, Lamb and the Brownings. 
At Iowa, Cheney was asked by Dr. Warner Barnes to help edit the Hunt letters in that collection.  Soon after he started, Barnes was transferred to another university and abandoned the project.  Cheney decided to stay on and subsequently increased the scope of the project to include all of the Hunt letters still in existence.  He spent the next 15 years traveling and collecting the letters from libraries and individuals in many countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Norway. 
Dr. Cheney has published numerous articles and several books, including Monsters in Medieval and Renaissance Travel Literature: a Study in Credulity and Skepticism (1949), Animals in a Midsummer Night’s Dream (1955), Musical Evenings: or, Selections, Vocal and Instrumental (1967), Leigh Hunt’s Efforts to Encourage an Appreciation of Classical Music (1968), and The Correspondence of Leigh Hunt and Charles Ollier in the Winter of 1853-54 (1976).

 

Scope and Content Note

            The David R. Cheney Papers consist of his research materials, card files, and copies of correspondence.  The collection is divided into 2 series.  Series I represents Dr. Cheney's research on Leigh Hunt, and Series II consists of Dr. Cheney's Dictionary of Renaissance Allegorical Animals.
            The first series, the Leigh Hunt Research Materials, contains the following subseries:
            Subseries A:  Indexes and working papers.  These consist of various computerized indexes, annotations, and a chronology of Hunt.  It also contains an introduction to his proposed book, a list of abbreviations, and a statement of the editorial principles he used.
            Subseries B:  Card file index of transcribed letters to and from Hunt.
            Subseries C:  Card file index of Hunt's letters.
            Subseries D:  Card file index of people, places, and events mentioned in the Hunt correspondence.
            Subseries E:  This subseries contains Dr. Cheney's computerized working copies of Hunt's letters.
            Subseries F:  Photocopies of original and transcribed letters to and from Hunt.
            Subseries G:  Miscellaneous card files, which include indexes to the locations of original Hunt letters, libraries contacted for Hunt letters that had none, years when specific correspondents wrote to Hunt, and a bibliography, biography, and criticism file.  There are also two indexes to Hunt's residences, one arranged alphabetically, and the other arranged chronologically.

 

 

 

Series List

S1

Leigh Hunt Research Materials

year span, 9.75 linear ft.

arrangement (chronologically, alphabetically etc.)

series description

 

S2

Dictionary of Renaissance Allegorical Animals

year span, 2.5 linear ft.

arrangement (chronologically, alphabetically etc.)

series description

 

 

 

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Arrangement

SERIES I. LEIGH HUNT RESEARCH MATERIALS

Subseries A: Indexes and Working Papers

1

1

Indexes and working papers, Hunt letters

2

Indexes and working papers, Hunt letters

3

Leigh Hunt chronology

4

Introduction, editorial principles, and abbreviations, Hunt

letters

Subseries B: Card file, index of transcribed letters to and from Leigh Hunt, arranged alphabetically by correspondent

2

A-G

3

H-M

4

N-XYZ?

Subseries C: Card file, index to Leigh Hunt letters arranged chronologically

5

1790-1841

6

1842-1859?

Subseries D: Card file, index of people, places, and events mentioned in the Leigh Hunt correspondence, arranged alphabetically

7

A-B

8

C-D

9

E-G

10

H (part 1)

11

H (part 2)

12

I-M

13

N-R

14

S-V

15

W-Z

Subseries E: Transcribed letters of Leigh Hunt (working copies), arranged chronologically

1

5

Feb. 23, 1790-1800

6

1801-02

7

1803

8

1804

9

1805

10

1806

11

1807

12

1808

13

1809

14

1810

15

1811

16

1812

16

1

1813

2

1814

3

1815

4

1816

5

1817

6

1818

7

1819

8

1820

9

1821

10

1822

11

1823

12

1824

13

1825

14

1826

15

1827

17

1

1828

2

1829

3

1830

4

1831

5

1832

6

1833

7

1834

8

1835

9

1836

10

1837

11

1838

12

1839

13

1840 (part 1)

14

1840 (part 2)

15

1841

16

1842

Subseries F: Photocopies of original and transcribed letters to

and from Leigh Hunt, arranged alphabetically

18

1

unknown correspondent

2

A

3

Ba-Ben

4

Bi-Bri

5

Bro-Brou

6

Brow-Bry

7

Bv-By

8

Cal-Carle

9

Carlyle

10

Carp-Char

11

Che-Clar

12

Clar-Cli

13

Co

14

Cr-Cu

15

Da-Dal

16

Dah-Der

17

Dew

18

Dic

19

Dig-Dy

20

E

21

Fa-Fon

22

Forster, 1831-1844

23

Forster, 1845-1849

24

Forster, 1850-1859

25

Fox-Fr

19

1

G

2

H-Hay

3

Haz-Her

4

Hil-Hoo

5

Horne

6

How-Hud

7

Hunt, A.-Hunt, J.

8

Hunt, John

9

Hunt, Julia-Hunt, Marianne 1807

10

Hunt, Marianne 1808-1812

11

Hunt, Marianne 1813-1819

12

Hunt, Marianne 1828-1835

13

Hunt, Marianne 1838-1852

14

Hunt, Marriotte-Hunt, R.

15

Hunt, T.-Hunt, W.

16

Hunter-Hurst

17

I

18

J-Kent, C.

19

Kent, Elizabeth

20

Kent, Tom-Lee

21

Leech-Lo

22

Mac-Mar

23

Mas-Met

24

Mil-Mit

25

Mon-Moor

26

Mor-Mu

27

N-Northbrook

28

Novello 1813-1825

29

Novello 1826-1855

20

1

Old man

2

Ollier, Charles 1816-1852

3

Ollier, Charles 1853-1855

4

Ollier, Charles 1856-1859

5

Oll-Ov

6

Pa

7

Pe

8

Ph-Po

9

Pr

10

R

11

Sam-Shelley, J.

12

Shelley, M. 1815-1821

13

Shelley, M. 1822-1847

14

Shelley, Percy 1811-1818

15

Shelley, Percy 1819

16

Shelley, Percy 1820-1822

17

Shelley, Percy 1844-1859

18

Sher-Smith

19

So-Sw

20

T-Tal

21

Tay-Tw

22

V

23

Wa

24

Webbe

25

Webs-Y

Subseries G: Miscellaneous card files

21

Bibliography, biography, and criticism

Locations of original Leigh Hunt letters

Libraries contacted for Leigh Hunt letters that had none

Years when correspondents wrote to Hunt, arranged

alphabetically by last name of correspondent

15

Index of Leigh Hunt residences mentioned in his letters,

arranged alphabetically

Leigh Hunt residences arranged alphabetically and

chronologically

SERIES II: DICTIONARY OF RENAISSANCE ALLEGORICAL ANIMALS

22

Achlis-Bison

23

Bitch-Cockle

24

Colt-Dove

25

Dragon-Frog

26

Gnat-Hyena

27

Ibex-Ousel

28

Owl-Serpent

29

Shark-Tyre

30

Unicorn-Yale

31

Bibliography