Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs Papers
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Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Jacobs, Joseph, 1859-1929
Creator: Jacobs, Sinclair S.
Title: Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs Papers
Dates: 1878-1977, undated
Quantity: 1.0 Linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1 cubic foot (2 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS222

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Joseph Jacobs (1859-1929) was an influential Atlanta pharmacist and entrepreneur. Jacobs was raised in Jefferson, Georgia, but his family later moved to Athens where at the age of 13, Jacobs began an apprenticeship with Dr. Crawford Long in the Long and Billups pharmacy. Encouraged by Dr. Long to continue his studies, Jacobs enrolled in chemistry courses at the University of Georgia and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation he established his own pharmaceutical business in Athens in 1879 called “Jacobs’ Pharmaceutical Laboratory.” In 1884 Jacobs moved to Atlanta and began Jacobs’ Pharmacy Company, a drug merchandising business that expanded into 16 stores. Jacobs’ Pharmacy, located in the Five Points section of downtown Atlanta was the first drug store to serve Coca Cola by the glass at its profitable soda fountain. Jacobs also introduced the “cut-rate” plan of merchandising (i.e., selling merchandise for pennies less than suggested retail prices). Dr. Jacobs had a son, Sinclair Jacobs (1889-1977) who joined his father’s company in 1909 and became its president in 1929. Other genealogical information regarding Jacobs’ immediate family has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of this collection documents the professional activities of Dr. Joseph Jacobs, and his son Sinclair Jacobs as proprietors of Jacobs' Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. Among the official records of Jacobs' Pharmacy are samples of labels for products, a notebook and loose papers containing formulae for medicines and cosmetics, product catalogs, copies of Jacob's Monthly Magazine, and official correspondence. The collection also contains personal items of Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs, including professional journals such as Drug Topics, and the American Journal of Pharmacy. Also included are newspaper clippings, and speeches and writings authored by Joseph Jacobs on the subjects of Crawford Long, the Coca-Cola Company, the Pharmaceutical Museum at Nuremberg, and medical drugs used during the Civil War.


This collection is arranged in two subgroups (1) Records of Jacobs’ Pharmacy (2) Personal Papers of Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject in each subgroup.

Index Terms

Coca-Cola Company
Jacobs family
Jacobs' Pharmacy (Atlanta, Ga.)
Jacobs, Joseph, 1859-1929
Jacobs, Sinclair S.
Lipscomb, Andrew A., (Andrew Adgate), 1816-1890
Long, Crawford Williamson, 1815-1878
University of Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph and Sinclair Jacobs Papers, MSS 222, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sinclair Jacobs, Jr., 1977 (1977.13)

Processing Information

Processed in 2007


Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

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