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M. Sinclair Jacobs photographs

Identifier: ahc.VIS365

Scope and Content

This collection contains seven black and white and sepia photographic prints of Jacobs' Pharmacy on Peachtree and Marietta Streets in the Five Points district of Atlanta. Included are prints of the interior and exterior of the building.


  • Approximately 1886-1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

This material is 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

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 (1815-1878) 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 Drug Company, a drug merchandising business that expanded into 16 stores. The Atlanta pharmacy was located at the Five Points section of downtown Atlanta and 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 Sartorius Jacobs, who joined his father's company in 1909 and became president in 1929. Biographical information about M. Sinclair Jacobs has not been determined.


7 image(s) (seven black and white photographic prints)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1977

Related Archival Materials

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


This collection was previously catalogued as JAC.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
M. Sinclair Jacobs photographs of Jacobs Pharmacy
Kate Daly
October 2019
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305