Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney Papers


Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney Papers


The Brainard and Frances Cheney Papers, 1841-1989, include correspondence, manuscripts of writings, speeches, research materials, publication materials, publicity for books and play productions and materials from Brainard Cheney’s career in politics. The collection also contains papers from Frances Neel Cheney’s career in Library Science including materials from the Japan Library School and the Peabody Library School and work with the Tennessee Library Association.



Items in the Brainard and Frances Neel Cheney Papers Collection

[First Letter from Flannery O’Connor to Brainard Cheney]
Following Brainard Cheney’s review of Wise Blood, Cheney and O’Connor began a correspondence that was to last until her death in 1964. In their first letter, O’Connor indicates her respect for Cheney’s review, and introduces herself. She…

[Manuscript of Flannery O'Connor's essay "The King of the Birds"]
Housed with the Cheney Collection in Special Collections at the Vanderbilt University Library are a number of manuscripts written by friends and colleagues of the Cheneys. Here is presented a copy of Flannery O’Connor’s essay “The King of the…

[First Letter from Brainard Cheney to Flannery O'Connor]
This letter is in response to O’Connor’s introductory letter on February 8, 1953. Writing from his home in Smyrna, Tennessee, Cheney takes this opportunity to sympathize with O’Connor’s bad reviews; his own writing has received its share of…

Manuscript of Brainard Cheney's Review of Flannery O'Connor's Novel "Wise Blood"
As a writer and an appreciator of fellow contemporary writers, Brainard Cheney read and provided commentary on the writings of many authors of his day. The first work of Flannery O’Connor’s that Cheney read was her initial novel, Wise Blood.…