Coca-Cola Company ephemera
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Coca-Cola Company ephemera

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Creator: Coca-Cola Company
Title: Coca-Cola Company ephemera
Dates: 1909-1988, undated
Quantity: 2.42 linear ft. (two document cases, one oversize box, and one sound recording)
Identification: ahc.MSS337

Biographical/Historical Note

The beverage Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton (1833-1888), an Atlanta, Georgia pharmacist and druggist. Coca-Cola was first dispensed at the fountain in the Atlanta drug store, Jacobs' Pharmacy in 1886. Stock purchased by druggist Asa G. Candler (1851-1929) in 1886 grew and in 1892 the Coca-Cola Company was incorporated. In 1894 bottling of Coca-Cola began and shortly after two large-scale bottling plants were organized in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta. The Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Company (later Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company) began bottling Coca-Cola in Atlanta in 1900. The Coca-Cola Company was sold to Atlanta businessman, Ernest Woodruff (1863-1944) in 1919. In 1923 his son, Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985), was elected company president and helped develop Coca-Cola into a worldwide corporation.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of histories, reports, and publications that provide details about the company as well as the bottling operation. Also included are advertising and marketing items, anniversary materials, and memorabilia. Of special note is a commemorative book to honor company president Robert W. Woodruff's birthday in 1959.


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

Index Terms

Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Business enterprises--Georgia--Atlanta
Candler, Asa Griggs, 1851-1929
Coca-Cola Company
Flower arrangement--Georgia--Atlanta
Sheet music
Signs and signboards--Georgia
Table setting and decoration--Georgia
Woodruff, Robert Winship

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

The sound recording on 33 1/3 rpm disc can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion cost.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coca-Cola Company ephemera, MSS 337, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1972, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2017.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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

Container List



AV-MSS 337.001.00133 1/3 RPM sound recording, Coca-Cola themes, approximately 1950


MSS OS Box 3.94Advertisement, Meet the New Members of the Family, undated


MSS OS Box 3.94Adverstisements, The Coca-Cola Bottler newspaper, 1927



11Advertising, 1928-1974, undated
2Annual reports, 1939-1975
3Histories, 1951-1959
4Histories, 1965-1980, undated
5Legal, 1977-1979


MSS OS Box 3.94Newspaper clippings, calendar, 1967-1971


MSS OS Box 3.94Newspaper compilation, It Happened in Chattanooga, 1911
6Publications, Flower Arranging and Homes and Flowers by Laura Lee Burroughs; 3 volumes, 1940-1942
7Publications, The Coca-Cola Bottler, 1909-1969



21Publications, various, 1930-1980


MSS OS Box 3.94Scrapbook, George Hunter Has a Birthday November 23, 1947 and a Birthday Party, 1947
2Sheet music, Coca-Cola songs, 1942-1979
3Stockholders, 1919-1988
4Woodruff, Robert, birthday book and dinner menu, 1959