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Sadie Vimmerstedt:

A Guide to Her Papers at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

July 2000



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 from HTML source, June 22, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Vimmerstedt, Sadie, 1904-1986.
Title:Sadie Vimmerstedt papers
Dates: 1959-circa 1970
Quantity: .25 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Sadie Vimmerstedt, who was a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, wrote a letter to Johnny Mercer in February of 1957 suggesting that Mercer write a song entitled “When Somebody Breaks Your Heart.” Mercer wrote the song, ultimately sharing authorship with her on a 50/50 basis. Mrs. Vimmerstedt’s collection includes Mercer’s first letter to her, a few Christmas cards from Mercer, and photographs taken at the 1963 Grammy Awards banquet.
Identification: M065
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Papers

Mrs. Vimmerstedt’s collection includes Mercer’s letter first letter to her, a few Christmas cards from Mercer, and photographs taken at the 1963 Grammy Awards banquet.

Recordings, an artifact, and a piece of ephemera were separated to other locations during processing.


Biographical Note on Sadie Vimmerstedt

Sadie Vimmerstedt, who was a resident of Youngstown, Ohio, wrote a letter to Johnny Mercer in February of 1957 suggesting that Mercer write a song entitled “When Somebody Breaks Your Heart,” suggesting the theme “I want to be around to pick up the pieces when somebody breaks your heart.” In February of 1959, Mercer responded to Mrs. Vimmerstedt’s suggestion, and wrote the song, ultimately sharing authorship with her on a 50/50 basis. Tony Bennett’s recording of the song “I Wanna Be Around” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1963.


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.

Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.
Vimmerstedt, Sadie, 1904-1986--Archives
Popular music--Writing and publishing--United States--1951-1960
Correspondence
photographs

Restrictions

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

Citation

[item], [folder title], Sadie Vimmerstedt Papers, M065, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gloria Hynes, November 1987.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton, October 1990; revised by Christine de Catanzaro, July 2000.


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Several pieces of correspondence from Mrs. Vimmerstedt to Johnny Mercer, including a photocopy of her first letter to him, can be found in the Johnny Mercer Papers (M001). The finding aid to the Mercer Papers contains a correspondent index to assist in locating the letters.


Separated Material

Separated material:

During processing, an acetate demonstration recording of Mercer singing “I Wanna Be Around” and a 45 rpm copy of Tony Bennett’s recording of the song were separated to the Popular Music Collection Sound Recordings Collection, and a Grammy nomination plaque was separated to the Popular Music Collection Artifacts, and a list of songs by Johnny Mercer was added to the Popular Music Collection ephemera files.


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