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Johnny Mercer's Paintings:

A Guide to the Collection of Reproductions at Georgia State University Library

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

January 17, 2008

Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by William Hardesty, January 17, 2008.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Title:Johnny Mercer paintings reproduction collection
Dates: 1947; 1965-1966
Quantity: .25 linear ft. (in 1 Box and oversize location)
Abstract:Prints, slides, transparencies, and digital images of 24 watercolor paintings by the American songwriter Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) plus one image of a manuscript. Subjects include family members and other figures, landscapes, and seascapes.
Identification: M211

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of photographic copies of 1 manuscript and 24 original watercolor paintings by Johnny Mercer. The works were copied via analog and digital photography by professional photographers Susan Einstein and Angela Hopper. The collection contains 26 transparencies by Einstein (25 color positives plus 1 duplicate color negative) and a CD-R containing 8 images taken by Hopper. All 8 paintings photographed by Hopper were also photographed by Einstein. Reference prints of all images by the photographers are available for research. Some of the prints of Einstein's images include information about the ownership of the original paintings.

Save for a portrait of his daughter labeled "Manny-poo," none of Mercer's paintings have titles supplied with their reproductions. In addition to the portrait of Amanda Mercer, the collection may include a portrait of Mercer's wife, Ginger. Subject matter of other paintings includes: landscapes (including mountain and desert scenes), views of houses and other structures (including a derrick and a train with a water tower), seascapes and a harbor scene, and figures (including a shepherd, fishermen and dancers). The collection includes an image of the holograph manuscript of "Come Rain or Come Shine" (inscribed by Mercer and composer Harold Arlen).

Historical Note about Johnny Mercer

John Herndon Mercer (1909-1976), a native of Savannah, Georgia, was one of the foremost figures of 20th century American popular music. His song catalog includes many numbers that have become American classics, and his activities as lyricist, composer, performer and businessman span a period of nearly five decades. Throughout his life, Mercer painted in watercolor for his own enjoyment and relaxation. Some of his paintings were made from photographs. Georgia State University Library, repository of Mercer's personal papers, coordinated a project to identify and make photographic copies of his paintings.

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.
Art, amateur--United States
color transparencies
reproductive prints


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], Johnny Mercer paintings reproduction collection, M211, Popular Music Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Collected by Georgia State University Library, 2004-2005.

Processing Information

Processed by William Hardesty, 2008.

Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Four original Mercer watercolors (photographed for this collection) can be found in Box OS12 of Johnny Mercer Papers, Popular Music Collection (M001).

Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers, Popular Music Collection (M002) document other aspects of the songwriter's private life.

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