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Nick Mamalakis:

A Guide to His Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881


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Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 30, 2009.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Mamalakis, Nick
Title:Nick Mamalakis papers
Dates: 1956-1999
Quantity: .2 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract: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.
Identification: M034

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 University.

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 late 1999.

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 2005.

Index Terms

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.

Mamalakis, Nick--Archives
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Georgia State University
Lyricists--United States--20th century
clippings (information artifacts)


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], Nick Mamalakis Papers, M034, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nick Mamalakis, August 3, 1981 (accession M1981-02); June 9, 1987 (M1987-03); November 15, 1999 (M1999-06).

Processing Information

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 Material

Related materials in this repository: The "Mostly Mercer" Concert Photographs Collection (M123) includes images of Mr. Mamalakis.

Separated Material

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.

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