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Belle Isle Family photographs, circa 1900-1940 (VIS 146)

The Belle Isle Family of Atlanta, Georgia consisted of Alvin Looney Belle Isle (1884-1950), his wife Agnes Nelson and their children. Alvin Belle Isle was an executive in the transportation business most of his adult life, establishing and operating numerous several companies. This collection consists of portraits and family photographs of Alvin Belle Isle, his wife Agnes, his parents, and his five children. The remainder of the collection consists of images taken of New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt during a campaign visit to Atlanta and Warm Springs, Georgia on October 23-24, 1932. Alvin Belle Isle was Roosevelt’s chauffer in Atlanta. Other notable individuals pictured in these images are Eleanor Roosevelt, James and Anna Roosevelt; Georgia Governor Richard Russell, and gubernatorial candidate Eugene Talmadge; Georgia Senators John Cohen and Walter George; and Atlanta Mayor James Key. Some of the locations shown are Atlanta’s Union Station, Municipal Auditorium, Girl’s High School, and the Little White House in Warm Springs.

The Belle Isle Family photograph collection contains 88 black and white photographic prints, 46 of which are digitized and available on this database. To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

The Kenan Research Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Our hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday. You may contact us by calling 404.814.4040 or emailing at

Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.