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Coca-Cola Company ephemera

Collection number: ahc.MSS337

Scope and Content

This collection consists of histories, reports, and publications that provide details about the company as well as the bottling operation. Also included are advertising and marketing items, anniversary materials, and memorabilia. Of special note is a commemorative book to honor company president Robert W. Woodruff's birthday in 1959.


  • 1909-1988, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

The beverage Coca-Cola was invented in 1886 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton (1833-1888), an Atlanta, Georgia pharmacist and druggist. Coca-Cola was first dispensed at the fountain in the Atlanta drug store, Jacobs' Pharmacy in 1886. Stock purchased by druggist Asa G. Candler (1851-1929) in 1886 grew and in 1892 the Coca-Cola Company was incorporated. In 1894 bottling of Coca-Cola began and shortly after two large-scale bottling plants were organized in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta. The Dixie Coca-Cola Bottling Company (later Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company) began bottling Coca-Cola in Atlanta in 1900. The Coca-Cola Company was sold to Atlanta businessman, Ernest Woodruff (1863-1944) in 1919. In 1923 his son, Robert W. Woodruff (1889-1985), was elected company president and helped develop Coca-Cola into a worldwide corporation.


2.42 linear ft. (two document cases, one oversize box, and one sound recording)



System of Arrangement

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The sound recording on 33 1/3 rpm disc can be made accessible only through conversion to digital audio. Patrons who request access to audio content in this collection are responsible for digital conversion cost.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1972, with subsequent additions

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2017.

Coca-Cola Company ephemera
Jennie Oldfield
October 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 Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305