Unknown woman in Atlantic City, NJ. Raines & Cox Studio Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.
Henry Battle in Italy? Raines & Cox Studio Photo Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC.
Raines and Cox Studio got its start in Wilson, NC in 1947 and went about documenting Wilson’s history, culture and people up until the 2000’s. Guy Cox died a couple of years ago and his vast collection of mostly photographs and negatives were donated to the State Archives of North Carolina. I recently requested that they digitize the collection and the first fruits of this request are now on their Flickr page! Hopefully with more to come soon.
The images are from two albums from the 1940’s owned by probable Wilsonian, Henry Battle. The images and the metadata suggest that he was a US Army soldier during the occupation of Italy? (my guess, they suggest eastern Europe). The other album is from a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey.
According to the 1940 census there was a Henry Battle (b. 1920) living in Rocky Mount, NC.
Morris Barker was an immigrant to Wilson County, NC in 1909 from Kovna, Russia and this is his petition for naturalization.
The State Archives of North Carolina has recently added Alien Registration and Naturalization Records to their digital collections. So if you had an ancestor that immigrated to NC between 1821 to 1944 they are probably included in the collection. The State Archive of NC has much more information over at their blog.