Edward Potts Cheyney Papers
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Edward Potts Cheyney was born in 1861 in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, earning his bachelor of arts' degree in 1883 and his bachelor of finance degree from the new Wharton School in the following year.
After studying history under John Bach McMaster, a member of the Wharton faculty, before beginning his fifty-year teaching career at the University. He taught first as an instructor of history, Latin and mathematics in the Wharton School, before continuing as an assistant professor and professor of history in the College. After his retirement from teaching in 1934, Cheyney became curator of the Henry Charles Lea Library at the University.
During these early years of the historian as an academic profession, Cheyney was concerned with establishing history as a scientific discipline and with developing effective methods of teaching history. Cheyney's many books and articles focused on English and American history, but he is best known at Penn for his History of the University of Pennsylvania written for the University's bicentennial in 1940.
See Also: The drawer in the University Archives' card catalogue marked "Cheyney Bibliography." It lists depositories of source material on the University History both at the University and in the Philadelphia area, and Cheyney's sources for the History, chronologically arranged.
Unprocessed collection. Preliminary inventory only.
In possession of the University Archives before 1970.
- Social Science Research Council
- American Historical Association
- University of Pennsylvania. Henry Charles Lea Library of Medieval History
- University of Pennsylvania -- General subdivision--History.;
- University of Pennsylvania. Department of History -- General subdivision--Curricula.;
- University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center