Ernest L. Barney, 1899-1990 [RG1815.AM]


RG1815.AM:  Ernest L. Barney, 1899-1990

Papers:  1936-1954 and undated

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Furniture salesman; baseball manager; inventor/manufacturer

Size:  50 items


Ernest L. Barney, son of Chauncey and Alpha (Overton) Barney, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 29, 1899. A life-long Lincoln resident, Barney was an employee of Hardy’s Furniture for fifty years. He died in Lincoln on February 14, 1990.


This collection consists of fifty items arranged in two series: 1) Barney Industries, 1949-1954 and undated; and 2) Baseball Materials, 1936-1938; 1953; and undated. This material relates to Ernest L. Barney’s gun and fishing rod saddle business, Barney Industries, and his involvement in Lincoln’s local baseball scene as manager of the Hardy’s Furniture team.

Series 1 consists of materials relating to Barney Industries, 1949-1954 and undated. Included are the patent Barney received for his gun saddle invention, advertisements, an order form, and bank account records.

The Baseball Materials, 1936-1938; 1953; and undated, of Series 2 includes rosters, schedules, contracts, correspondence, articles of association, a lease agreement, a contract, and a stock certificate.

Note: Photographs are contained in the photo component of the collection [RG1815.PH].


Series 1 – Barney Industries, 1949-1954 and undated


    1. Patent for gun carrier, 1952


      order form

      bank records, 1949-1954

Series 2 – Baseball Materials, 1936-1938; 1953; undated

    1. Equipment purchases, 1936

      Lincoln City Amateur Baseball League schedule, 1937

      Game contract, 1937

      Rosters, 1937

      Lincoln Baseball League Articles of Association, 1938

      Landis Field lease agreement, 1938

      Umpire’s letter, 1938

      Lincoln Baseball Club stock certificate, 1953

    1. Broadsides for games featuring Hardy’s baseball team, undated



Athletics — Nebraska — Lincoln

Barney Industries (Lincoln, Neb.)

Barney, Ernest L., 1899-1990

Baseball — Nebraska — Lincoln

Hardy’s Furniture (Lincoln, Neb.)

Inventions — Nebraska

Inventors — Nebraska

Recreation — Nebraska — Lincoln

Sports — Nebraska — Lincoln


05-31-2007   Revised TMM/tmm

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