Belle Isle Family Photographs
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Belle Isle Family Photographs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Belle Isle Family
Title: Belle Isle Family Photographs
Dates: circa 1900-1940
Quantity: 88.0 images
Quantity: 88 black and white and sepia photographic prints
Identification: ahc.VIS146

Biographical/Historical Note

The Belle Isle Family of Atlanta, Georgia consisted of Alvin Looney Belle Isle (1884-1950) and Agnes Nelson, who married on February 5, 1905. Alvin Belle Isle moved to Atlanta from Brooks, Georgia in 1909. He was an executive in the transportation business most of his adult life. He established and operated numerous companies, including the Black and White Cab Company, Belle Isle Car and Truck Rental Service, Belle Isle Motors, Belle Isle Tire and Accessories, and the Lincoln Cab Company. He was also chairman of the board of Yellow Cab Company in Atlanta and president of the Atlanta Baggage and Cab Company. He and his wife Agnes had five children: Evelyn, Margaret, Katherine, Alvin, Jr., and James.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of photographs of Alvin Belle Isle and his family, including his wife Agnes, his parents John and Jane, his five children, and several grandchildren. In addition, the collection contains images of the Belle Isle Garage on Houston Street in Atlanta which housed most of Alvin’s businesses. The photographs include exterior and interior images of the building. Also included is a line drawing of a new garage Mr. Belle Isle was planning to build, but never did. The remainder of the collection consists of a series of images taken of New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt during a campaign visit to Atlanta and Warm Springs, Georgia in October 23rd and 24th 1932. Alvin Belle Isle was Roosevelt’s chauffeur in Atlanta and is pictured in several photographs. Other notable individuals pictured in these images are Eleanor Roosevelt, and her son and daughter, James and Anna; Georgia Governor Richard Russell, and gubernatorial candidate Eugene Talmadge; Georgia Senators John Cohen and Walter George; Atlanta Mayor James Key, and also Atlanta attorney Hugh Howell, Sr. Some of the locations shown are Atlanta’s Union Station, Municipal Auditorium, Girl’s High School, and the Little White House in Warm Springs.


This collection is arranged in three sub-groups (1) Visit to Atlanta by Franklin Delano Roosevelt; (2) Belle Isle Garage; (3) Belle Isle Family.

Index Terms

Alabama Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Askew, Barbara
Askew, Mary Nell
Automobile repair shops--Georgia--Atlanta
Belle Isle Family
Belle Isle Garage (Atlanta, Ga.).
Belle Isle, Alvin Looney, 1884-1950
Belle Isle, Charles
Belle Isle, Edward
Belle Isle, Evelyn
Belle Isle, James
Belle Isle, Katherine
Belle Isle, Louise
Belle Isle, Margaret
Browne, Wade
Clegg, Tom
Fairlie Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Farmers--Georgia--Warm Springs
Firestone, Harvey S., 1898-1973
Fulton Paper Company (Atlanta, Ga.).
Gasoline pumps--1930-1940
Girls High School (Atlanta, Ga.).
Howell, Hugh Hawkins, 1979
Key, James Lee, 1867-1939
Mechanics (Persons)--1930-1940
Parades & processions--Georgia--Atlanta
Paramount Theater (Atlanta, Ga.)
Peachtree Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991
Russell, Richard B., (Richard Brevard), 1897-1971
Spring Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
Taxicab drivers--1930-1940

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[VIS 146], Belle Isle Family Photographs, VIS 146, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Katherine Belle Isle Askew, 1969 (1969.006).

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 146.01VIS 146.01 Franklin Roosevelt visit to Atlanta, 1932 Oct. 23-24 ( 51.0 images )


VIS OS Box 27VIS 146.02 Belle Isle Garage, 1934


VIS OS Box 9, VIS 146.03VIS 146.03 Family, circa 1900-1940