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Accession number A2003.106
Collection The Dr. Robert Carney Collection
Title The Robert Carney Collection
Catalog Number A2003.106
Object Name Papers, Personal
Credit line Collection of the AAMI - Gift of Pat Carney
Physical characteristics Boxed documents span 2.8 linear feet.
Dates of Creation 1928-2002
Access Conditions Open for research
Copyrights no known restrictions
Scope & Content The Robert Carney papers date from 1947 to 2003 and measure 2.8 linear feet. The papers are arranged in one series: Robert Carney Collection (1928 -2003, undated) series. This series contains information on different facets of Dr. Carney's life including a biography, correspondences, high school yearbook, get well cards, and poetry that he wrote. This series is divided into 9 sub-series.

The Military (1946-1948) includes papers and newsletters from when he was in the U.S. Army.

The College (1949-1952) sub-series contains yearbooks, newspaper clippings, and articles written.

The Meharry Medical College (1952-1996) contains class notes, correspondence, internship at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and an alumni directory.

The Medical Practice (1967-2001) contains certificates and licenses, correspondence, medical newspaper, a guest list, practice and service fees, and refresher courses.

The Newspaper Articles (1962-1968, undated) contains articles on Robert Carney, an article he wrote on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, and newspaper clippings.

The Brooklyn High School (1969-1979) sub-series contains correspondence, a yearbook, a graduation program and the 100th Anniversary program.

The Sports (1950 -1980, undated) contains correspondences, and Iowa Hawkeye information.

The Biographical Information (1950-1998) sub-series contains information on various family members and friends of Dr. Carney's.

The Photographs (1940-2002) sub-series contains photographs of Dr Carney at various stages in his life, work photos, family reunion photos, plus many sports photos from the University of Iowa teams with which he was associated.

Biographical History Robert Matthew Carney was born on February 28, 1928 in Steubenville, Ohio to mail carrier Richard Dink Carney and his wife, Birdie Mae. In 1933, when Carney was only five years old, his mother passed away, sparking his interest in medicine. Carney went on to graduate from Wintersville High School in 1946. Shortly after graduation Carney joined the United States Army Medical Corps to qualify for the GI Bill. He entered Brooke Army Medical Training Center in San Antonio, Texas, until he was stationed in Hawaii. Carney lived in Schofield Barracks, a desegregated barrack. He remained part of the military until May 29, 1949, when he was an honorably discharged.
From 1947-1949 Carney attended classes at the University of Hawaii. During his college years Carney worked a variety of jobs. During the summers he was employed as a waiter on trains traveling from Chicago to California. Additional jobs included selling knives in Westchester County and scrimping?? in Pittsburgh, New York and Nashville.
In 1949 Carney enrolled at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1952 earned his bachelor's degree in zoology. After earning his B.A. Carney went on to enroll in another educational institution in Nashville: MeHarry Medical School. After spending two years at MeHarry, Carney earned his graduate degree in physiology in 1954.
Carney stayed at MeHarry and eventually earned his medical degree in 1958.
From July 1958 to June 1959 Carney worked as a rotating intern at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On June 18, 1959 Carney received his Ohio medical license, although he never practiced in the state. Shortly after receiving his Ohio license, he received his Iowa state license on July 8, 1959.
In 1959 Carney started a family practice in Brooklyn, Iowa. His practice served the areas of Brooklyn, Grinnell, Belle Plaine, Marengo, and Tama. In this same year Carney also joined the staff at Grinnell Hospital, where he worked until 1996.
In 1964 Carney began serving as the medical examiner for Powesheik County. Carney held this position until he resigned on February 19, 1965. In this same year Carney moved his private practice from Brooklyn to 821 Broad Street in Grinnell, Iowa. In 1988 Carney also began to practice at the Mercy Care Clinic in Belle Plaine, Iowa. Carney maintained his practice in Grinnell until 1992, and in that same year also decided to leave the Mercy Care Clinic.
In August 1992 Carney began to work at the Tama Clinic in Grinnell Hospital. He left the Tama Clinic in August 1996 to retire, but decided to continue his work as the medical examiner for Poweshiek County. From 1997 to 2000 Carney served as a locum tenens; he could serve for other physicians on a temporary basis and maintain his medical credentials.
On June 18, 2002 Carney died of congestive heart failure. He was survived by his wife Patricia McKeag Carney, foster-son Dennis Shields, daughters Rubie Marie Carney, Darla Ann Carney, and Wendy Lee Carney, as well as his two grandchildren.
Finding Aids Box no.___Description__________
Box 1
Robert Carney Collection
Robert Carney (1928-2002),
Biography, 1947-2003
"Outside In," Article, 2000
Birth Certificate Correction, 1997
Correspondences,1950-2002 and undated
"The Warrior," Winterville High School Yearbook, 1946
Winterville High School 40th Anniversary, 1986
Military, 1946-49
Hawaii, 1947
"The Exposure," Newsletter, US Army Base Honolulu, 1948
Fisk University, 1949-1952
College Years, Portrait, 1949-1952 (Oversized)
Articles Written on the Fisk Forum, 1949-1951
Fisk Yearbook "The Oval," 1952
Newspaper Clippings
American College Student Leaders, 1952
Meharry Medical College, 1952-1958

Box 2
Pathology Notebook, 1955
Notebook on Clinical Pathology, 1956
Notebook on Physical Diagnosis, 1956
Meharry Medical College, 1952-1958
Internship at Mercy Hospital, 1958-1959
Medical Correspondences, 1959
College Alumni Directory, 1996
Medical Practice
Certificates and Licenses, 1967-2000
Medical Correspondences, 1991-2001
"Pulse Beat," Medical Newspaper, 1972
25th Anniversary of Medical Practice, 1984
Guest List
Practice and Service Fees, 1987
Box 3
Refreshers Course
Newspaper Articles
Articles on Robert Carney
Jaycees Newspaper Article, 1962
Martin Luther King Article, 1968
Newspaper Clippings
Poetry Folders 1 and 2
Box 4
Brooklyn High School
"Brooklyn USA," Article and Correspondence, 1969
Brooklyn High School Yearbook, 1971
Brooklyn High School, Graduation Week, 1979
Brooklyn High School 100th Anniversary, 1979
"Chicago Fellowship of Friends," 1985
Children Thank You Cards, 1990
Bowling scores, 1996
Correspondences, 1980
Iowa Hawkeyes
Sports, Baseball
Calvin Jones, 1950
Golf, 1967 and undated
Guest List of Carney's, unknown event, 1996
Student Banquet speech, 1998
Postcard scans, undated
Biographical Information on
Dr. Douglas, 1996
Loretta Carney, 1976
Ruby Carney, 1998
Lester Carney, 1960's
Harry Carney, 1960's
Harold Carney, 1956
Dink Carney, 1972
Dr. Charles Drew, 1950's
Blair Underwood, 1990
Frank Gillian, 1981, 1999
Susan Douglas, 1991
Dr. Perry Harris, 1985
Box 5
Possible Permanent Exhibit Photos
Copies of Photos
Youthful Photographs, 1950's
Hawaii and WWII, 1940
Military Cabinet Cards, 1940's
Snapshots from College Photo Album, 1940's
Found Inside "Parasitology" Notebook, 1940's
Robert Carney, 1940-2000
Formal Photos, 1940-1950
High School and College, 1940's
Unidentified Individuals, 1950's
Family Photos, 1980-1990
Family Photos, 1980-2000
Work Related Photos, 1980-2000
Family Reunion, 1983
Unidentified individuals and places, undated
Box 6
"Wisdom by Westley," photos located inside, 1992
Letter Presentation to Carney, 1968
Sports, 1990's
University of Iowa Sports, 1980's & 1990's
University of Iowa Basketball Cards, 1990 and 1997
University of Iowa Basketball, 1988, 1992, and undated
University of Iowa Basketball, 1990
University of Iowa Basketball, 1991
University of Iowa Sports, 1988-1990, and undated
University of Iowa Football, 1999
NBA, 1990's
High school diploma and case, Wintersville, OH
photos and photocopies
OS Collection
University of Iowa Hawks football seniors, 1987 Shrilled Holiday Bowl
Muhammad Awl's's American Fitness Gym IA, Fort Dodge, IA
University of Iowa Hawks basketball schedule with photos of team members, 1991-1992
various University of Iowa posters, 1986-1999, wrestling, football, and men & women's basketball
University of Iowa Hawks decal
Pencil drawing, Portrait, possibly of Robert Carney, signed "Dianna Penny"

Subjects Documents
Medical education
Medical students
Search Terms Belle Plaine
Medical education
Armed Forces
Soldiers - African American
African American doctors
Domestic life
People Carney, Dr. Robert
Carney, Richard Dink
Carney, Birdie Mow
Carney, Patricia
Shields, Dennis
Carney, Ruby Marie
Carney, Darla Nab
Carney, Wendy Lee
Classification Domestic Life
Medicine & Doctors