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Irma M. Cheney Scrapbook, Ionia High School, Ionia, Michigan

Identifier: RHC-138

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook contains photographs, narrative descriptions, ephemera, programs of school plays, parties, athletic events, commencements, dance cards, and invitations that document the four years of high school as experienced by Irma Cheney and her classmates.


  • 1919 - 1923


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

The collection is the physical property of Grand Valley State University, but all literary rights are retained by the original creators of materials, their estates, heirs, or third parties. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical Note

Irma M. Cheney was born 7 October 1903, most likely in Ionia. She was the youngest of four daughters of Ralph M. Cheney and Gertrude M. Wilson Cheney. Irma graduated from Ionia High School in 1923, and at the time of her marriage to Howard Richards in 1928 she was a schoolteacher. In 1932 the couple had twin daughters, and by 1940 the family was living in Kalkaska, Michigan where Howard was employed by Standard Oil. He died in 1954 and at some point Irma had moved to Grand Rapids where she again taught school. She died 3 November 1997 and is buried with her husband in Balcom Cemetery, Berlin Center, Ionia County, Michigan. Further biographical information on Irma’s family is available with the collection.


0.75 Linear feet (1 flat box) : One commercially-produced scrapbook (New York: Dodge Publishing Co., c1914), 220 x 150 mm. 185 pages. Medium brown limp suede, “The Record of My School Days” stamped in gold on front cover.


Items and photographs placed in scrapbook in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase: eBay auction, 22 April 2018; from Randy Gladstone, Harrison, Michigan.
Irma M. Cheney Scrapbook, Ionia High School, Ionia, Michigan
Robert Beasecker
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States