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Date Span:  1879-1985

Creator:  Joseph Jacobs Family

Summary/Abstract:  Joseph Jacob was raised in Jefferson, Georgia. After the war, he started a pharmaceutical company. His pharmacy at the Five Points location became the first place Coca Cola was served. The papers include records from the Jacobs Pharmacy Company such as issues of Jacobs’ Monthly Magazine, 1914-1918. It also contains articles written and collected by Joseph Jacobs, as well as correspondence.

Quantity/Physical Description: .4 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 28, Joseph Jacobs Family Papers, The Cuba Family Archives, The Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection, oversized material removed to oversized collection, and objects removed to artifacts collection.

Arrangement:  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  Joseph Jacobs was raised in Jefferson, Georgia the son of Gabriel and Ernestine Heyman Jacobs.  Gabriel Jacobs joined the 116th Georgia Infantry and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.  Joseph Jacobs attended the University of Georgia in 1877 and received a degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1879.  In the fall of 1879 Joseph Jacobs opened the Athens Pharmaceutical Company in Athens, Georgia.  In 1884 he bought out the drug store of the competition located at Five Points in Atlanta, and moved his parents, brothers and sisters to the city where he would remain for the rest of his life.  Coca-Cola would later be served for the first time as a fountain drink at the Five Points location of Jacobs Pharmacy. 

Scope and Content:  Researchers examining the Joseph Jacobs Family Papers will gain greater insight into Jewish life in the southern United States during the 19th century.  All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.   

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 Agreement between Joseph Jacobs and Richard B. Russell Undated
  2 Agreement between Joseph Jacobs and the Hebrew Benevolent Society (The Temple) for a cemetery plot 1900
  3 Atlanta minute related to  Joseph Jacobs 1985
  4 Biography of Joseph Jacobs by Sinclair Jacobs Undated
  5 Robert Burns Club 1952-1974
  6 Coca Cola 1929-1953
  7 Correspondence 1923-1985
  8 Jacobs, Gabriel – Civil War record and election as alderman notification 1879, 1936
  9 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – Catalogue Undated
  10 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – Correspondence 1886-1892
  11 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – Drug trade in foreign countries 1898
  12 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – Formula and story related to Luxomni Undated
  13 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – formulas Undated
  14 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – Jacobs’ monthly magazine 1914-1918
  15 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – legal papers related to the purchase of drug business of Walter A. Taylor 1883-1887
  16 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – miscellany 1936-1975
  17 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – receipts 1900
  18 Jacobs Pharmacy Company – State of Georgia Supreme Court Case, Brown and Allen et. al. vs. Jacobs Pharmacy Company 1902
  19 Last will and Testament of Joseph Jacobs and estate checks 1929-1930
  20 Long, Crawford Williamson – memorabilia and writings by Joseph Jacobs 1919-1931
  21 Menu – Dinner at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science 1929
  22 Newspaper clippings 1897, 1959
  23 Writings by Joseph Jacobs 1907
  24 Writings, various authors Undated


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