Henry Murfree Carney Collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: EBL-0148

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Nineteen audio casette recordings of Dr Henry Murfree Carney recollectiing his life and medical career including medical school, surgical residency training, and service in the Vanderbilt 300th General Hospital medical unit.


  • 1920-1998

Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt University privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Henry M. Carney was born in Murfreesboro, TN August 29, 1908. He received his B.A. from Vanderbilt in 1929, and M.D.in 1933. He served his surgical residency at Vanderbilt, working with Dr. Barney Brooks and Dr. Alfred Blalock. When the United States entered World War II, Dr. Carney joined the Vanderbilt unit, the 300th General Hospital of the U.S. Medical Army Corps. Major Carney served as a surgeon with this unit, which was headquartered in Naples, Italy. While in Italy he became fluent in Italian and at the end of the war escorted several movie stars who came overseas to entertain the troops. After the war, Dr. Carney moved to Texarkana, Texas, where he and another Vanderbilt graduate, Dr. Spencer Allen Collom, started a clinic. Dr. Carney remained in Texarkana for the remainder of his career, where he was a beloved physician and member of the community. In retirement, Dr. Carney devoted much time to recording his memoirs of medical school days and his adventures in World War II for the Historical Collection in the Eskind Biomedical Library.He died in Texarkana on September 11, 2003.


0.37 Cubic Feet (One Hollinger box.)

Language of Materials



Audio Recordings of Henry Murfree Carney describing his life including medical school, surgical residency training, and service in the Vanderbilt 300th General Hospital Medical Unit.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dr. Henry M. Carney who began making these recordings in the 1990s and would send them periodically as he completed them.

Processing Information

Collection is unproessed. Cassettes are retained in cases with some containing notes briefly descrbing their content.
Henry Murfree Carney Collection
History of Medicine Collections Staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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