Lettie Comstock Carney Papers

MC 705

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Adam Heien, 2018.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Carney, Lettie Comstock, 1901-1980
Lettie Comstock Carney Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca 1900-1960
MC 705
.5 linear feet (2 Boxes)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Lettie Comstock Carney Papers were donated to Special Collections by Lettie Comstock Carney's widower, Cy Carney, Sr. of Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 28, 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Nan Lawler; completed in August 1991

Preferred Form of Citation

Lettie Comstock Carney Papers (MC 705), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Lettie Comstock was born July 26, 1901 in Uniontown (Crawford County), Arkansas, the daughter of J. M. Comstock and Ellen Wood Comstock. Cy Carney, from Rudy (Crawford County), went to school in Uniontown and boarded with the Comstocks. Both Lettie Comstock and Cy Carney apparently attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and later became benefactors of the university. Carney ran the Carney store in Rudy, then began the Carney Appliance Centers in Fayetteville. During the 1940s Carney Appliance Centers were doing business in Joplin, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville. The Carneys began using propane (liquified petroleum gas) in 1938 and selling it in 1940. Lettie Comstock Carney died December 12, 1980.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mostly of family photographs and albums kept by Lettie Comstock Carney. Also included are photographs of the Carney Appliance Centers, certificates, and a cash book.

The photographs and albums include Comstock and Carney family portraits and snapshots, pictures of Carney Appliance Centers, snapshots of activities, and many scenes and people from Rudy and Uniontown, particularly 1915-1940. All of the albums are in poor condition, with pages loose and loose pictures. At the time of donation, some information was gathered about pictures in the albums; these comments have been transferred to acid-neutral paper and laid in the albums in the appropriate places.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Comstock family photographs, n.d. (Images 1-15)

Box 1 Folder 2

Carney family photographs, n.d. (Images 16-27)

Box 1 Folder 3

Carney Appliance Centers and Maytag cooking school sponsored by Carney Appliance Center, n.d. (Images 28-39)

Box 1 Folder 4

Business-related and other activities of the Carneys, n.d. (Images 40-51)

Box 1 Folder 5

Unidentified family snapshots, including World War II, a trip to the Grand Canyon and California, and postcards, n.d. (Images 52-142)

Box 1 Folder 6

Certificates, poem, and history of Fayetteville, 1966 history of Fayetteville written by Andrew M. Hall

Box 1 Folder 7

Album containing photographs and clippings about Carney family and friends in the Rudy community, many of World War I army and navy enlistees, ca 1918-1935

Comments for slips of paper in album, copied from notes by Ellen Shipley.

Man on horseback is Ira Comstock.

People on porch: the men with boxing gloves are Arch Howell (left) and Fred Miller (in dark coat).

Cy Carney in New Orleans--he did not go overseas.

Young women lined up--Uniontown girls. Not all are identified, but (from left): 2nd is Edna Comstock (married Lester Delzell), 3rd is Ruth Miller Bryan (dairy in Van Buren), 6th is Nora (Snow) Fears, 7th is Lena (Spear) Haggard, 8th is Edith (Haggard) Mills, and 10th is Ruth (Comstock) Marshall.

Two pictures taken on Mt. Gaylor (used to have primitive ferris wheel).

People on rocks: at White Rock.

Individual portraits of young children: Coleen and L. C. Delzell.

Pictures with stonework and stone building background: Eureka Springs?

Box 1 Folder 8

Album containing family photographs (including Carney, Comstock, and Delzell children), Carney General Merchandise store, and World War I activities (including one of blimp). Most appear to have been taken at or near Rudy, ca 1918-1938

Comments for slips of paper in album, copied from notes by Ellen Shipley.

Picture of 3 men: (left to right) Ira Comstck, John Rainwater, unidentified.

Man and woman with refrigerator background: Eugene McBride, Van Buren manager of Carney appliance. Had appliances in panel truck and took around to show people, helped sales.

Individual men under Lum and Abner store: Basil Carney (with car) and Ted Carney (house in background).

Car with "72" license: Cecil Freeman (left, mail carrier, with 72 license number. Cy Carney always tried to get number 72, collection of plates.

Box 2 Folder 1

Album containing photographs of Comstock family and friends, ca 1915-1919 ("Snapshots" printed on cover, "Lettie M. Comstock U. of A." inside front cover with added date, 1914)

Comments for slips of paper in album, copied from notes by Ellen Shipley.

Ira and Maud Comstock.

Box 2 Folder 2

Album containing photographs of Comstock and Carney family and friends (Uniontown and Rudy, including photographs of Cy Carney store and postcard of Uniontown high school), ca 1915-1940 ("Snapshots" embossed on cover)

Box 2 Folder 3

Cy Carney cash book, 1928 In Manuscript Collections Oversize Box 9.


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