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John and Seymour Rennolds:

A Guide to Their 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


Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Christine de Catanzaro, 2003.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, University Library, Special Collections and Archives Department
Creator: Rennolds, Seymour.
Creator: Rennolds, John, b. 1926.
TitleJohn and Seymour Rennolds collection
Dates: 1933-circa 1992
Dates: [bulk 1970-1985]
Quantity: 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.

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
Raksin, David, 1912-
Rennolds, John, 1926-1995?
Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967
Woodberry Forest School
Music, popular--United States--20th century--Archival resources
record collections (sound recordings)
sheet music


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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.

The videotapes in Series VII may not be copied.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], John and Seymour Rennolds Collection, M135. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Caroline Milbank, Amelie Rives Rennolds, Margaret Rennolds Chace, 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro, 2003.

Related Material

Related Material in This Repository: Johnny Mercer Papers (M001); The Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers (M002)

Separated Material

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.

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