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Enrico A. Massa papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1123

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, business ledgers, production reports, recipes, and notes from Enrico A. Massa's pharmacy and extracts company E.A. Massa Extracts Inc. The collection also contains a 1940 program for the movie, Gone With The Wind. Of particular interest are Massa's recipes for extracts, fruit juices, and flavoring, as well as Massa's application to use alcohol in his extracts during prohibition. One recipe from 1901 is written in Italian.


  • 1901-1940, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

Enrico (Henry) A. Massa (1851-1928) was born in Genoa, Italy, and immigrated to the United States in 1867. While living in Ohio, he married Mary Hogan (1864-1939) and had five children. In 1900 Massa moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he established a business specializing in flavoring extracts for soft drinks and other beverages. The business operated at 305 East Fair Street (which later became Memorial Drive) between King Street and Martin Street. In 1909 he named his company "Rico," which he trademarked with the United States Patent Office in 1916.


0.417 linear ft. (one document case)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1999, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.

Enrico A. Massa papers
Joshua Whitfield
June 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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