"Coca-Cola® collecting is always full of surprises."
Director, Archives Department
The Coca-Cola Company
Phil Mooney has been in charge of The Coca-Cola Company's Archives since 1977. As the Company's official archivist, Phil is a super-collector of all things Coca-Cola. The position sends him to conventions and private collections and keeps him in frequent contact with collectors around the world. In fact, one of his favorite things about the job is the people, since Coca-Cola collectors make up a large family, sharing a common and endlessly fascinating passion.
While the Company archives contain, naturally, the most substantial collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia in the world, Phil is the strongest advocate for publicizing and sharing the material. For instance, nearly 1,200 items from the archives are on display in World of Coca-Cola Atlanta, where they are seen by a million visitors a year. He never forgets that some of the most prized pieces in the archives come from the most unexpected places: attics, backyards, and garages. This is probably because over the years so many people have had such a special relationship with Coca-Cola and have kept, and passed down, the things that are important in their lives.
Much-recognized in his field, Phil has had many opportunities to shine as instructor, board and committee leader, speaker, and writer. His Collectors Columns are one of the ways he keeps in touch with new and experienced collectors and other interested parties.
Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Phil was the director of the Balch Institute and an archivist for Syracuse University. A Fellow of the Society of American Archivists, he is a graduate of Boston College, with a Bachelor of Science in History, and of Syracuse University, with a Master of Arts in History. He is married and has two children.