Posted by: Ashley | April 19, 2011

Greatest Generation Project, Heulon Dean Photograph Collection, & Nick Lovin Studio Photo Negatives

Three new finding aids have been added to our website today. The first addition is to our Military Collection finding aids page:

World War II Papers, Private Collections Series, Greatest Generation Project, 1918 – 2011 – These papers were collected by the Wilson County Historical Society to capture the stories and materials of World War II veterans from Wilson County. The files were originally contained in nine 3½-inch 3-ring binders, copies of which were also to be filed in the Wilson County Public Library and the academic libraries at Barton College and Wilson Technical Community College. John N. Hackney, Jr., a veteran of World War II, and Betty Ray McCain, former secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources, were the primary collectors of the materials. The collection includes files concerning 268 World War II soldiers from Wilson County, as well as 30 veterans from nearby counties, mostly friends and relatives of Hackney. These files contain copies of personal reminiscences; enlistment and discharge papers; cards and letters; orders; photographs; newspaper clippings; obituaries; correspondence with the project coordinators; and a few compact disks. Some original wartime materials are also included in the veterans’ files. Miscellaneous records include project correspondence and publicity; information concerning similar projects in other states; lists of soldiers; unit histories; publications; files concerning four World War I soldiers from Wilson County; and a small cache of original records from World War II. (9 boxes, 3.6 cubic feet.)

The second new finding aid is on our Non-Textual Materials  finding aids page:

Dean, Heulon, Photograph Collection, 1950-1966 – Heulon Dean was born 10 February 1925, in Granville County, NC, son of Franklin Pearce Dean and Minnie Williford Dean. His parents were farmers and moved to Wake County to avoid the Granville Wilt that was taking over tobacco grown in the Granville County area. The family relocated to the community of Needmore just north of Fuquay-Varina, then known as Fuquay Springs. Dean opened the Heulon Dean Studio in 1957, which soon became Heulon Dean and Associates Photography. His studio became very successful and built one of the first Custom Color Labs for producing portraits for himself and for other photographers in the area. Sixty-three (63) 4″x5″ black and white photographic negatives dating 1950-1966 depicting various events, structures, historic sites, and people in and related to the town of Fuquay-Varina, NC (Wake County). All photos were taken by Heulon Dean, a professional photographer who worked in and operated a studio in Fuquay-Varina from the early 1950’s until the 1990’s. (63 items)

And the third new finding aid is on both our Private Collections Finding Aids page and the Non-Textual Materials finding aids page:

Richmond County Historical Collection, Nick Lovin Studio Photo Negatives, 1976 – Nick Lovin (1942-1985) was a professional photographer in Richmond County. He continued studio and location work while employed at the Richmond County Daily Journal as their staff photographer. The photo negatives of the Nick Lovin Collection comprise color and black-and-white photographic negatives in 2 1/4 x 2 1/4, 6 x 7, and 35mm formats. Primary subject matter includes weddings and portraits. (3 boxes, .75 cubic feet.)

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