A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
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May 6, 2008
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Georgia State University Library,
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Johnny Mercer contracts
1933; 1939; 1952-1978
1.5 linear ft. (in
The collection consists
of 24 contracts (dated 1933;1939; 1952-1971) signed by American lyricist Johnny
Mercer (1909-1976), some with associated correspondence; and one contract
signed by his son after his death.
Scope and Content of the Collection
The collection (1933; 1939; 1952-1978) consists of 24 contracts signed
by the American lyricist Johnny Mercer and one signed by his son, John J.
(Jeff) Mercer. Primarily, the contracts concern individual songs, though one
applies to songs published by Palm Springs Music Co., one to Mercer's work with
composer Matty Malneck, one to his work with composer Bernard D. Hanighen, and
two to the film Dangerous When Wet. Three
contracts are not with Mercer personally, but his corporation, Commander
Publications. A few of the contracts include associated correspondence.
A number of the contracts were associated with Vernon D. Wood, a
Hollywood-based business manager (Wood graduated from Cornell University in
1923: Cornell Alumni News, July 1935).
11 pieces in the collection had been elaborately framed and were
removed and rehoused.
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.
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.
Hanighen, Bernie, 1908-1976
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976--Archives
Music business--United States
Popular music--Writing and
publishing--United States--20th century
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 Contracts Collection, M212,
Popular Music Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State
Purchased from Circa Savannah, LLC (1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 21-312,
Savannah, Georgia 31406; Paige Grodecki, owner) in April 2008, and George Houle
Rare Books and Autographs (7260 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90036)
in February 2011.
Processed by Stephen Zietz, May 2008. EAD finding aid created by
Related materials in this repository:
Johnny Mercer Papers (M001), Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers (M002),
Popular Music Collection.
Separated material: Three pieces of sheet
music inscribed by Mercer were transferred to the Popular Music Collection
See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the