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Collection Number: 05136

Collection Title: Carney Family Papers, 1898-2002

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Size About 100 items
Abstract Carney family of Wilmington, N.C., including brothers H. Gaston Carney and Marshall F. Carney, and Marshall Carney's daughter, Lucy Ann Glover. H. Gaston Carney and Marshall Carney were soldiers in World War I. The collection contains World War I items, photographs, souvenirs, and newspaper clippings chiefly relating to H. Gaston Carney and Marshall F. Carney. Materials mainly date from 1918 to 1964, although a few of the photographs are from the late 1890s. Included are five small diaries kept by H. Gaston Carney, September 1918-March 1919, that document his everyday experiences as a soldier in France during World War I. The diaries were transcribed by Lucy Ann Glover in 2002. Photographs include images of military and civilian life. Newspaper clippings relate to the 1927 American Legion reunion in France that Marshall Carney attended and document H. Gaston Carney's insurance industry honors and love of golf. Also included are souvenirs from the American Legion reunion, brochures from a trip to Cuba, and other items.
Creator Carney family.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Carney Family Papers #5136-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Lucy Ann Glover of Wilmington, N.C., in October 2003 (Acc. 99658).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Brothers H. Gaston (Hiram Gaston) Carney (1896-1968) and Marshall Frederick Carney (b. 1901) were born in Wilmington, N.C., the sons of J. G. and Mildred Merritt Carney. Their father was a policeman and a general laborer. They also had a brother named J. H. Carney, who lived in Memphis, Tenn., at the time of H. Gaston Carney's death.

Both brothers served in the United States Army during World War I. Marshall, who lied about his age in order to qualify, fought in the trenches of France. H. Gaston also went overseas, but not until the very end of the war.

After the war, H. Gaston married Anna Maye Gore, daughter of Rufus Gore. Their only child was stillborn. H. Gaston became an insurance salesman for the Shenandoah Life Insurance Company and served as chair of the Board of Elections and chair of the Draft Board during World War II. In his spare time, he played golf, becoming a member of the Professional Golf Association's Hole in One Club in 1949. He was also a member of the Wilmington Association of Life Underwriters, receiving a National Quality Award in 1953 and being named Man of the Year in 1964. He also belonged to the Cape Fear Club, becoming an honorary member after his retirement. H. Gaston Carney died on 3 December 1968, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

In 1927, Marshall Carney returned to France with members of the American Legion on the Red Star Liner. He married Audrey Williford in 1928 and may have traveled to Cuba with her. Their daughter, Ann Carney (1935- ), later Lucy Ann Glover, transcribed H. Gaston's war diaries in 2002.

In 1976, University of North Carolina Press published Ann Carney's No More Here and There: Adopting the Older Child. The book details the problems associated with adopting older children, and Carney used journal entries from her experiences with her adopted son to make the book personal.

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The collection contains World War I items, photographs, souvenirs, newspaper clippings, and other items chiefly relating to brothers H. Gaston Carney and Marshall F. Carney of the Carney  family of Wilmington, N.C. Materials mainly date from 1918 to 1964, although a few of the photographs are from the late 1890s. Included are five small diaries kept by H. Gaston Carney, September 1918-March 1919, that document his everyday experiences as a soldier in France during World War I. Marshall Carney's daughter, Lucy Ann Glover, transcribed the diaries in 2002. Photographs include images of military life and civilian life. Newspaper clippings relate to the 1927 American Legion reunion in France that Marshall Carney attended and document H. Gaston Carney's insurance industry honors and love of golf. Also included are souvenirs from the American Legion reunion, brochures from a trip to Cuba, and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Military Life, 1918-1927.

About 50 items.

Chiefly H. Gaston Carney's war diaries and materials related to the 1927 American Legion reunion in France. The diaries detail daily military life from 20 September 1918 until 18 March 1919. Both the original diaries and the transcripts are included. Also included are two appointment certificates belonging to H. Gaston Carney, one dated 11 March 1918 as corporal and the other dated 12 June 1918 as sergeant. Photographs include H. Gaston Carney in uniform. Items from Marshall F. Carney's reunion trip to France include his Official Certificate of Identification, postcards, and menus. There is also a newspaper article about how the participants spent too much money and returned home broke. A letter to Marshall Carney, written on War Department letterhead, is a follow-up to the trip. Museum items are a military patch and an American Legion pin and medallion.

Folder 1

War diaries of H. Gaston Carney #05136, Series: "1. Military Life, 1918-1927." Folder 1

Folder 2

Diary transcripts #05136, Series: "1. Military Life, 1918-1927." Folder 2

Folder 3

Certificates, photographs, reunion souvenirs #05136, Series: "1. Military Life, 1918-1927." Folder 3

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About 50 items.

Chiefly family photographs, newspaper clippings, letters detailing H. Gaston Carney's personal accomplishments, and souvenir items. The earliest photographs, which date from 1898, are pictures of children. Later photographs are of H. Gaston Carney. There are also photographs of unidentified women. The newspaper clippings detail H. Gaston's love of golf, his receipt of a National Association of Life Underwriters National Quality Award in 1953, and his selection as the Wilmington Association of Life Underwriters Man of the Year in 1964. Souvenirs include undated brochures and postcards from Cuba, one of them bearing the name "Audrey" in pencil. Also included are an invitation to H. Gaston Carney and Anna Maye Gore's wedding and a program from the 1930 screen adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front.

Folder 4

Awards, invitation, photographs, souvenirs #05136, Series: "2. Civilian Life, 1898-1964." Folder 4

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Items separated include oversize papers (OP-5136/1-2); photographs (P-5136); an oversized photograph (OP-P-5136/1); and museum items (MU-5136/1-4).

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