Mable Cheney Moudy Papers, circa 1866-1972

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Moudy, Mable Cheney, 1878-1972
Title
Mable Cheney Moudy Papers
Dates
circa 1866-1972 (inclusive)
1947-1972 (bulk)
Quantity
2 cubic ft. (4 document boxes, 1 slim document box)
Collection Number
00173
Summary
Diaries, manuscripts, and research material of a Wyoming teacher and historian who wrote about her family and her state's history.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 3077663756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mable Wyoming Cheney Moudy was a teacher, historian, and Wyoming pioneer who researched and wrote about her parents, her own life, and the history of the state from the 1870s. She was born on May 2, 1878, in Atlantic City near South Pass. Her father, Ervin F. Cheney (1844-1922), came west as a soldier after the Civil War and helped to survey the townsite of Laramie in 1868. He moved to the South Pass area shortly afterwards, where he operated a wagon and blacksmith shop. He married Mathilda Jane Henry in 1875, and in November, 1878, the family relocated to Lander, Wyoming. Mable graduated from Lander High School and entered the University of Wyoming at Laramie in 1897. She took a normal (teaching) degree from the university in 1900 and began to teach in Dubois, Wyoming. She married Ross B. Moudy (1878-1949) in 1903, and they settled in Laramie, where Ross Moudy taught chemistry at the university and held the appointment of state chemist. In 1920 he was hired as a chemist by the Midwest Refining Company, and he moved to Casper to work for Standard Oil of Indiana in 1932. The couple were the parents of a son and two daughters. Ross Moudy married Mae Dodge of Casper, Wyoming, in 1936. Mable Cheney Moudy continued to live in Laramie and was active as a historian and lecturer until her death in 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Mable Cheney Moudy papers primarily consist of diaries which detail the daily life of Mable Cheney Moudy from 1947, when she was staying at Lander during her mother’s last illness, until her own final year as a resident of the Ivinson Memorial Home in Laramie. Diary entries for September 12, 1972-December 1, 1972 were written by Moudy’s daughter, Alice Moudy Robbins. The collection also contains writings of Mable Cheney Moudy and others mainly regarding Wyoming history, including a reminiscence of her father, Ervin F. Cheney, who helped to survey the site of Laramie in 1868. Many of these manuscripts and letters were solicited by the Jacques Laramie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Laramie, Wyoming). The photographs include views of the University of Wyoming (1898-1908) and of the ruins of Fort Sanders, near Laramie, in the 1930s.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Mable Cheney Moudy at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Papers were received from Mable Cheney Moudy between 1951 and 1969. The diaries were received from Alice Moudy Robbins in 1975. Some additional material was received from Alice Moudy Robbins in 1977. The papers were in good condition, but in no order. They have been arranged as seemed most useful for research.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by D. Claudia Thompson in February 2002. Revised and expanded by D. Claudia Thompson in July 2004 and March 2015.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I. Diaries, 1947-1972Return to Top

Arranged chronologically. Daily activities of Mable Cheney Moudy.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Diaries, 10 items
1947-1956
2
Diaries, 10 items
1957-1966
3
Diaries, 6 items
1967-1972

Series II. Manuscripts and Historical Materials, circa 1866-1965, undatedReturn to Top

Arranged alphabetically by folder title. Includes historical writings by Mable Cheney Moudy and others, news clippings on Laramie and Wyoming history, photographs, and publications.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Manuscripts, etc. – Bath Family by Fred Bath
undated
Folder
2
Manuscripts, etc. – Cheney, Ervin F.
includes manuscripts, legal documents, news clippings, memorial program
1873-1938
3
Manuscripts, etc. – Cheney, Ervin F. – Correspondence
letters to Mable Cheney Moudy
1913-1915
4
Manuscripts, etc. – Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail by Isabel M. Willson
1930
5
Manuscripts, etc. – D.A.R. Scrapbook
notes taken from historical sources by Mable Cheney Moudy
1951-1954
6
Manuscripts, etc. – D.A.R. Scrapbook
notes taken from historical sources by Mable Cheney Moudy
1952
7
Manuscripts, etc. – Downey, June Etta by Helen M. Eaton
1937
8
Manuscripts, etc. – Dykins, Rhoda Sherman by Erina(?) Dykins
1952
9
Manuscripts, etc. – Episcopal Church by Mable Cheney Moudy
undated
10
Manuscripts, etc. – “The Flag Ranch”, unknown author
undated
11
Manuscripts, etc. – “Fremont’s Trip Through Southeastern Wyoming”, unknown author
1914
12
Manuscripts, etc. – Garrett Family by T.S. Garrett
1931
13
Manuscripts, etc. – Harris Family by Ida Harris Mondell
undated
14
Manuscripts, etc. – “History of a Few Pioneers in Wyoming” by Mable Cheney Moudy
1955
15
Manuscripts, etc. – “Indians of Wyoming” by Mable Cheney Moudy
undated
16
Manuscripts, etc. – Laramie History by Mrs. N.E. Corthell
1930
17
Manuscripts, etc. – “Life On the Prairies”, unknown author
regarding employment on W.R. Williams ranch
1929
18
Manuscripts, etc. – Nelson, Aven by Aven Nelson
1929
19
Manuscripts, etc. – Owen, W.O. – Correspondence
letters of W.O. Owen reflecting on earlier people and events in Wyoming
1932-1943
20
Manuscripts, etc. – Owen, W.O. – Newspaper Stories by W.O. Owen and others
1928-1933
21
Manuscripts, etc. – Patriotic and Inspirational by Mable Cheney Moudy
regarding Martha Ball Washington, signers of Declaration of Independence, national parks, etc.
undated
22
Manuscripts, etc. – Revolutionary War Stories by Mary Whiting McFarlane, Jane Smith
regarding Elijah Hobart, Charles Wilson Peale
1929, undated
23
Manuscripts, etc. – Shoshones and Arapahoes by James K. Moore, Jr.
1956
24
Manuscripts, etc. – Simpson (J.B.) Family by Mrs. J.F. Soule
1931
25
Manuscripts, etc. – Sodergren, Oscar, autobiographical letter
undated
26
Manuscripts, etc. – Telephone Canyon, various authors
1930
27
Manuscripts, etc. – “Through My Life”, autobiography by Mable Cheney Moudy
circa 1960s
28
Manuscripts, etc. – Union Pacific Physician by F.H. Harrison
regarding contract work for railroad
1925
29
Manuscripts, etc. – Union Pacific Stations in Albany County, Wyoming by Carl R. Gray
1931
30
Manuscripts, etc. – University of Wyoming by Kepler Hoyt and unknown authors
1931, undated
31
Manuscripts, etc. – University of Wyoming by Mary Whiting McFarlane
1928
32
Manuscripts, etc. – University of Wyoming by Mable Cheney Moudy
1960
33
Manuscripts, etc. – University of Wyoming by Jenny Gates Phillips
1928
34
Manuscripts, etc. – Wallis, Noah, unknown author
1931
35
Manuscripts, etc. – “Wells Fargo Stages vs. Sioux” by Lillie M. Dale
1928
36
Maps; western U.S., Wyoming trails
1941, undated
37
Newspaper Clippings – Fort Bridger
1933
38
Newspaper Clippings – Horn, Tom
1927-1930
39
Newspaper Clippings – Lander and Fremont County
1949-1953
40
Newspaper Clippings – Laramie and Albany County by W.E. Chaplin, A.C. Jones, Mary G. Bellamy, and others
1920-1944
41
Newspaper Clippings – Moudy, Mable Cheney
interviews with
1962-1965
42
Newspaper Clippings – Shoshones and Arapahoes
Washakie Family, music, sun dance, etc.
1900-1953
43
Newspaper Clippings – Trails in Wyoming
1931-1941
44
Newspaper Clippings – Wyoming Miscellaneous
Colter stone, Alva Brainard Cady, first rural church, etc.
1934-1950
45
Newspaper Clippings – “Wyoming On Safari,”
travels of Marie Montabe Horton
1951-1952
46
Notes On Historical Map of Albany County
no accompanying map
undated
47
Photographs – Mannaerchor Hall (Laramie)
1899-1900
48
Photographs – Places
Fort Sanders ruins, Moudy home, South Pass
1931-1952
49
Photographs – Sand Creek
1898-1899
Box Folder
5 1
Photographs – University of Wyoming – Dramatics
“The Garroters”
1899
Folder
2
Photographs – University of Wyoming – Students and Faculty
Boys Boarding House, Ross Moudy, Irene Morse, William Beach, Chemistry lab, etc.
1897-1908
3
Postcards; Wind River Reservation, Chief Washakie’s grave, etc.
1916, undated
4
Publications – Fremont County
H.G. Nickerson, Clarence D. Jayne, Lander Pioneer Days program, with notes by Mable Cheney Moudy
1924-1952
5
Souvenirs
Wyoming State Flag
undated
6
Wood Tile Block
carved by Ervin F. Cheney. “It was in the dining room of the house that was brought in from Ft. Sanders where it had been the officers quarters.”
1866 or 1867

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Cheney, Ervin F.
  • Moudy, Ross B.

Corporate Names

  • University of Wyoming.

Geographical Names

  • Laramie (Wyo.)--History.
  • Wyoming--History--1890-1918.
  • Wyoming--History--1919-1945.
  • Wyoming--History--1946-.
  • Wyoming--History--To 1889.

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries.

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Robbins, Alice Moudy, 1908-.