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A Savannah, Georgia
businessman, Nick Mamalakis was associated with lyricist Johnny Mercer's family
and its businesses from 193, and was the primary advocate of plans to bring the
papers of Johnny Mercer to the archives at Georgia State University. His papers
include articles, newsclippings, correspondence and printed material relating
to Johnny Mercer and to the acquisition of the Johnny Mercer Papers by Georgia
State University, and brief manuscript by Nick Mamalakis describing the events
leading to Mercer’s repayment of his father’s debts.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The papers Mr. Mamalakis donated in 1981 and 1987 (M1987-03) include
articles, newsclippings, correspondence and printed material relating to the
life and death of Johnny Mercer, memorials and tributes to Mercer, and events
surrounding the acquisition of the Johnny Mercer Papers by Georgia State
Mr. Mamalakis' 1999 donation (accession M1999-06) consists of two
folders of material relating to Johnny Mercer and an audio cassette. The first
of the folders contains an invitation, program, and article about the issuing
of the Johnny Mercer 32-cent stamp in Savannah on November 18, 1996. The folder
also contains an envelope imprinted with a caricature of Johnny Mercer and
stamped with the Mercer stamp, cancelled with a special “Moon River
station” cancellation. In the second folder is a four-page typed
description of the events leading to Johnny Mercer’s repayment of his
father’s debts, written by Nick Mamalakis. The second folder also
includes a newspaper notice by Mr. Mamalakis describing the Mercer Exhibit at
Georgia State University that opened on November 5, 1999.
The audio cassette in this collection is a copy of a two-hour program
in honor of Johnny Mercer that was broadcast by Peach State Public Radio in
Biography of Nick Mamalakis
Nick Mamalakis was a Savannah, Georgia businessman, associated with
the firm Jones, Hill & Mercer. A long-time friend of the family of Johnny
Mercer, he was the primary advocate of plans to bring the papers of Johnny
Mercer to the archives at Georgia State University. Nick Mamalakis had gone to
work for the Mercer Insurance Agency in 1932, the year he graduated from
Savannah High School. Except for a period of four and a half years in naval
intelligence in World War II, he remained in the employ of Johnny
Mercer’s father, G. A. Mercer, for fifty years. Mr. Mamalakis died in
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.
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], Nick Mamalakis Papers, M034, Popular Music
Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Nick Mamalakis, August 3, 1981 (accession M1981-02); June
9, 1987 (M1987-03); November 15, 1999 (M1999-06).
Processed by Christopher Ann Paton, January 1984, revised December
1991, July 2000; accession M1999-06 processed by Christine de Catanzaro and
Christopher Ann Paton, May 15, 2000.
Related materials in this repository: The
"Mostly Mercer" Concert Photographs Collection (M123) includes images of Mr.
Separated material: From accession
M1987-03: Several articles (1955-1956) relating to the life of Johnny Mercer
have been transferred to the Popular Music Collection Ephemera Files, filed
under the heading "Mercer, Johnny." One 120-minute cassette, “A Mercer
Retrospective,” of a program broadcast by Peach State Public Radio in
late 1999, was separated to the Popular Music Sound Recordings.