A Guide to the Collection of Reproductions at Georgia State
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January 17, 2008
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Georgia State University Library,
Special Collections and Archives,
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976
Johnny Mercer paintings
.25 linear ft. (in
1 Box and oversize location)
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.
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
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.
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.
[item], [Folder title], Johnny Mercer paintings reproduction
collection, M211, Popular Music Archives. Special Collections and Archives,
Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Collected by Georgia State University Library, 2004-2005.
Processed by William Hardesty, 2008.
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.