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Joseph Jacobs Family Papers

Identifier: Mss 028


Joseph Jacobs 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. 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.


  • Creation: 1879 - 1985

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Joseph Jacobs was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 5, 1859, the son of Gabriel and Ernestine Heyman Jacobs. His family moved to Jefferson, Georgia, when he was a young child. 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. Jacobs married the former Clair Sartorious (1862-1910) and had two sons, Wilfred (1887-1900) and Sinclair (1888-1977). Coca-Cola would later be served for the first time as a fountain drink at the Five Points location of Jacobs Pharmacy.

Joseph Jacobs died on September 7, 1929 in Atlanta at the age of 70.

Under the direction of Jacobs' surviving son, Sinclair, Jacobs' Pharmacy later expanded into a small chain, which at its height had 21 stores throughout the South. After World War II, the chain was sold to Revco Drugs.


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Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

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Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States