A Guide to Their Collection at Georgia State University
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Encoded by Christine de Catanzaro,
Georgia State University Library,
University Library, Special Collections and
Rennolds, John, b.
John and Seymour Rennolds
3 linear ft. in 8 boxes
Organization of the Collection
Organized into seven series: I. History of the collection; II. General
files; III. Correspondence; IV. Clippings and programs; V. Music and lyrics of
Johnny Mercer; VI. Song magazines; and VII. Videotapes.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The John and Seymour Rennolds Collection covers the time period from
1933 to about 1992. The manuscript portion of the collection includes materials
that the Rennoldses gathered on twentieth-century lyricist and composer Johnny
Mercer (1909-1976). Included in the collection are a brief history of the
collection itself, general files, correspondence, clippings and programs, music
and lyrics, song magazines, one photograph, and three videotapes.
A significant part of the manuscript collection is made up of various
handlists and catalogues of the songs, recordings, and movies of Johnny Mercer.
These are found in the general files. The correspondence documents the
Rennoldses' collecting of the sound recordings and sheet music of Mercer. The
music and lyrics in the collection include numerous copies of Mercer's music in
both manuscript (arrangements, piano-vocal scores, lead sheets) and printed
(sheet music, arrangements, songbooks) forms.
Biographical Note on John and Seymour Rennolds
John (1926-circa 1995) and Seymour Rennolds (d. circa 1995) were a
Richmond, Virginia, couple with a lively interest in popular music,
particularly jazz and the music and lyrics of Johnny Mercer. In 1944, John
Rennolds graduated from Woodberry Forest School, the same school that Mercer
had attended from 1922 to 1927. Rennolds went on to complete a B.A. at the
University of Virginia. Seymour Rennolds, a native of Pulaski, Virginia,
completed her education at Stuart Hall and Sweet Briar College (graduated in
1951). The couple settled in Richmond and raised a family that included three
daughters, Caroline, Amelie, and Margaret.
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.
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.
The videotapes in Series VII may not be copied.
[item], [folder title], [series title], John and Seymour Rennolds
Collection, M135. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University,
Donated by Caroline Milbank, Amelie Rives Rennolds, Margaret Rennolds
Processed by Christine de Catanzaro, 2003.
Related Material in This Repository: Johnny
Mercer Papers (M001); The Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers (M002)
Separated Material: This collection
includes a substantial number of non-manuscript materials, which have been
filed separately. The three videotapes in Series VII have been housed with the
videotapes in the Popular Music Collection. Over 800 pieces of printed sheet
music by Johnny Mercer and his contemporaries have been placed in the Sheet
Music Collection in Popular Music. More than 50 printed songbooks have been
added to the Songbook Collection. Approximately 800 45s, 78s, and LPs of
Mercer's music and lyrics have been entered in the Popular Music sound database
and housed with the sound recordings. The 150 books on the twentieth-century
American popular song in this collection have been added to the reference
collection in the Special Collections Reading Room. In addition, selected ASCAP
magazines from the 1970s through the early 1990s have been kept on file in the
Popular Music Collection.