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Belle Isle Family Photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS146

Scope and Contents of the Records

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.


  • circa 1900-1940


Restrictions on 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

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.


88 image(s)



Acquisition Information

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

General Physical Description note

88 black and white and sepia photographic prints

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.

Belle Isle Family Photographs
Inventory prepared by Helen Matthews
August 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305