A Guide to Its Papers at Georgia State University
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February 20, 2002
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The Ober family lived
near Johnny Mercer and his family on Lido Isle (Newport Beach, California) in
the 1950s and 1960s. The two families became close friends. The collection
contains correspondence, photographs, and other printed and manuscript
materials, documenting the long relationship between the families, as well as
collected material relating to Johnny Mercer, 1976-2000.
Scope and Content of the Papers
This collection contains 10 folders and 1 oversize folder of
correspondence, Christmas cards, and other printed and manuscript materials;
and 8 folders of photographs. The materials document the long friendship of the
Ober and Mercer families, including various parties, informal get-togethers,
and charity and fundraising events in which the two families were involved,
mainly on Lido Isle and nearby locations. The correspondence includes letters
and notes to Polly Ober from Johnny Mercer, Ginger Mercer, and Amanda Mercer,
and Christmas cards from the Mercers. Among the manuscript materials are a
humorous poem about Lido Isle written by Johnny Mercer, and a eulogy written
and delivered by Mike Ober on the death of Johnny Mercer in 1976. Numerous
newsclippings, programs, and other printed materials relate to Mercer’s
life and work, featuring especially various tributes to Mercer dating from his
lifetime and after his death. Photographs and snapshots include pictures of
Polly Ober and her children Mike and Patsee, Johnny and Ginger Mercer and their
children Amanda and Jeff, and other friends and celebrities associated with the
Mercers and Obers.
Biographical Note on the Ober Family
Polly Ober was born in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1942 she married Colonel
Matt S. Ober, Jr., who was a professional Marine with service as a Marine pilot
in World War II and the Korean War. Although the Ober family was stationed in
numerous locations, they resided on Lido Isle (Newport Beach, California) for a
period of years in the 1950s and again during the 1960s. The couple had two
children, Mike and Patsee. They became close friends with Johnny and Ginger
Mercer and their children during the years they spent on Lido Isle. After Matt
Ober’s death in 1965, the Mercers remained good friends with Polly and
the Ober children.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the
Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring
materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog
using these headings.
Mercer, Ginger (Elizabeth
1909-1976--Friends and associates
Newport Beach (Calif.)
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted access. All requests subject to limitations noted in
departmental policies on reproduction.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any
publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection,
the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical
property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from
this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright
holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must
contain the complete citation to the original.
[item], [folder title], Ober Family Papers, M157, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Polly Ober, November 15, 1999.
Processed by Christine de Catanzaro and Christopher Ann Paton,
February 20, 2002.
Related materials in this repository:
Polly Ober Oral History Interview (Johnny Mercer Oral History Project),
Popular Music Collection
Separated material: The one piece of sheet
music in this collection, “I Never Wanna Look Into Those Eyes
Again” (music by Milton Raskin, lyric by Johnny Mercer), has been
transferred to the Popular Music Sheet Music Collection.