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Emory Cocke Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS122

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection contains images depicting the interior of the Exposition Cotton Mills and its employees, spinning equipment and copies of illustrations regarding the International Cotton Exposition of 1881 from Harper’s Weekly. Photographers featured in this collection include Gabriel Benzur, and Lane Brothers, of Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 1943 – 1948, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

A native Atlantan, Emory Cocke graduated from Marist College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1915, and later attended the University of Georgia. He joined the Navy in 1917, and attended officer training school. He later went into business, forming Suni-Citrus Products Company, one of the Southeast’s most successful agricultural businesses.

The International Cotton Exposition of 1881 was one of three expositions in Atlanta designed to attract business and venture capitol to Atlanta. The other two expositions were in 1887 and 1895. Buildings were erected for the 1881 exposition along what is now Ashby Street in West Atlanta. In 1882, these structures were converted into a textile mill, and became the Exposition Cotton Mills, which stood until 1971.


51 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles provided by staff.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Emory Cocke, 1952 (1952.19).

General Physical Description note

51 black and white photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2006.

Emory Cocke Photographs, 1943 – 1948, undated ahc.VIS 122
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
July 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305