Raymond B. Nixon Photographs
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Raymond B. Nixon Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Nixon, Raymond B., (Raymond Blalock), 1903-
Title: Raymond B. Nixon Photographs
Dates: 22 October 1943
Quantity: 15.0 Image(s)
Quantity: 15 black and white photographic prints
Identification: ahc.VIS148

Biographical/Historical Note

Raymond Blalock Nixon was born on June 10, 1903 in Live Oak, Florida. He earned his B.Ph. degree from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) in 1925, his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1934 and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1942. Dr. Nixon worked as a reporter, correspondent, editor and director of various newspapers and journals for over 60 years (1917-1982). In 1926, Dr. Nixon became an instructor in the division of journalism at Emory University. He was promoted to assistant professor, associate professor, professor and director of the division. In 1952, Dr. Nixon accepted the position of professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nixon was considered a leader in the field of international communications and was elected as the first president of UNSECO's International Association for Mass Communication Research (1959). In addition, he traveled extensively, assisting other higher education institutions establish journalism programs. Dr. Nixon retired from the University of Minnesota as professor emeritus in 1971. Raymond Nixon died on December 15, 1997.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of photographs, taken by Harold J. Terhune, depicts the christening and launch of the S.S. Henry W. Grady on October 22, 1943 in Brunswick, Georgia during World War II. The Henry W. Grady was a liberty ship. Included are photographs of the christening of the ship, the launch of the ship to sea, and various speakers and guests, including Mrs. Henry W. Grady III (sponsor) with son Henry W. Grady IV, Mrs. Eugene Black (co-sponsor) and Michael Black, Mrs. Frederica Ward, and Atlanta journalist Ralph McGill.


This collection is alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Black, Augusta Evans Grady
Henry W. Grady (Liberty ship)
Liberty ships--United States
McGill, Ralph, 1898-1969
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[VIS 148], Raymond B. Nixon Photographs, VIS 148, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Raymond B. Nixon, 1943.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Container List



VIS 148.01VIS 148.01 Band performance during launch, undated ( 1.0 photographic print )


VIS 148.02VIS 148.02 Christening of the S.S. Henry W. Grady by Mrs. Eugene Black, undated ( 2.0 photographic prints )


VIS 148.03VIS 148.03 Crowd gathered for launch of S.S. Henry W. Grady, undated ( 1.0 photographic print )


VIS 148.04VIS 148.04 Father E.C. Walsh speaking at launch, undated ( 1.0 photographic print )


VIS 148.05VIS 148.05 Launch of the S.S. Henry W. Grady, undated ( 7.0 photographic prints )


VIS 148.06VIS 148.06 Sponsors Mrs. Eugene Black and Mrs. Henry W. Grady III, undated ( 3.0 photographic prints )