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Robert C. Hardin Papers

Identifier: RG99.0277

Scope and Contents

The Robert C. Hardin papers include his writings, administrative proposals and correspondence, U. S. Army records of blood bank work, and research files. Some photographs are included of blood bank trucks used in Europe during World War II.


  • 1924-1988


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Calvin Hardin was born March 25, 1913 in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from high school in 1930 at Buffalo Center, Iowa. He received a B.S. degree in medicine in 1935 and the M. D. in 1937, both at the State University of Iowa. From 1939 to 1941, Hardin was a resident physician at the University Hospital. During World War II, he served in the European Theatre as a U. S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and received the Legion of Merit award for the blood collection work he performed.

In 1945, Hardin continued his forty-year teaching career at the State University of Iowa as instructor in Theory & Practice of Medicine, later named the Department of Internal Medicine. He was named full professor in 1953. From 1952 until 1980, Hardin served as vice president and dean of Veterans Administration Medical Center, which he helped establish. In 1949 Hardin coauthored the book, Blood Transfusion, with doctors Elmer L. DeGowin, founder of the University Hospital blood bank, and John B. Alsever, a haematologist with the U. S. Office of Civil Defense. Hardin was also a specialist in the treatment of diabetes. He served as the dean of the College of Medicine from 1962 to 1970 and was succeeded by Dr. John W. Eckstein. Hardin retired in 1983. He was involved in planning the Health Sciences Library, which was constructed in 1974 and renamed the Hardin Library for Health Sciences in 1988.

Hardin married Velma Holets in December 1939 and they had two children. Hardin died January 2, 1988.


1.00 linear foot


Educator and specialist in the treatment of diabetes and the collection and storage of blood. Dean of the College of Medicine, 1962-1970. Articles, research files, U. S. Army blood bank records during World War II, photographs.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were donated to University Archives by Margaret Hardin in March 1989 and by Dr. Lewis E. January in 1988 and 1989. Guide posted to the Internet in September 2010.

Related Materials

Folder, "Hardin, Robert C.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Folder, "V.A. (Veterans Administration) Hospital," Buildings and Grounds Vertical Files (RG01.0015.002)

Folder, "Hardin Library for Health Sciences," Buildings and Grounds Vertical Files (RG01.0015.002)

Records of the College of Medicine (RG15.0001.001)

Papers of Elmer DeGowin and the Elmer DeGowin Blood Center (RG99.0320)

Hardin, Robert C. "Oral History Interview." University of Iowa Oral History Project, 45. 80 pp. 1976.

Denise Anderson, September 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242