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Margaret Whiting:

A Guide to Her Collection at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

1995



Profile Description

Creation: EAD finding aid created by Trish Bogdan, 2005.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University, University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: Whiting, Margaret
Title: Margaret Whiting Collection
Dates: circa 1950s-1999; not dated
Quantity: .5 linear ft. of manuscript material, 3 videotapes, 3 CD's, 3 posters
Abstract:The Margaret Whiting collection consists of printed, visual, and audio materials relating to the careers of Margaret Whiting, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Rotella, and Emma Kelly.
Identification: M064
LanguageEnglish.

Organization of the Collection

The collection has been divided into manuscript materials and separated materials. Included in the separated materials are sheet music, songbooks, magazines, videotapes, oversized posters, and CD's; each item has been housed separately according to its format.Materials originally arranged as the "Dream collection" have been integrated into the Whiting collection as of August 2005. They were donated by Margaret Whiting via Susan L. Schulman, Julia Marks Young, and Nick Mamalakis.

Scope and Content of the Collection

The Margaret Whiting collection, acquired over several years, consists of printed, visual, and audio materials relating to the careers of Margaret Whiting, Johnny Mercer, Johnny Rotella, and Emma Kelly. The printed materials in the collection include a letter, news clippings, sheet music, a songbook, photocopied song manuscripts, draft lyrics, and two copies of Sheet Music Magazine (November 1987). Photographs, videotaped interviews and performances, posters, CD's, and a video of The Nancy LaMott Story comprise the audio-visual portion of the collection.


Biography of Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting (born 22 July 1924 in Detroit, Michigan), the daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting (1891-1938), was one of the first artists to be engaged by Capitol Records, where she began recording in 1942. Johnny Mercer played a major role in the development of her career as a singer. In the early 1940s her hits included "That Old Black Magic" (with Freddie Slack), "Moonlight in Vermont" (with Billy Butterfield), and "It Might As Well Be Spring" (with Paul Weston). Between 1946 and 1954 Whiting had more than forty solo hit tunes for Capitol. After stints with Dot Records and Verve Records and a brief return to Capitol in the late fifties and early sixties, she recorded for the London label beginning in 1966. In recent years she served as President of the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and she continued her work as a performer of Mercer songs. In the late 1990s she appeared in the Broadway musical Dream (1997) and in the PBS broadcast The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (1997).


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.

Kelly, Emma (Emma Thompson), 1918-2001
LaMott, Nancy
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-
Rotella, Johnny
Whiting, Margaret
Popular music
magazines (periodicals)
materials, promotional
music, sheet
newspaper clippings
photographs
posters
songbooks
sound recordings
video recordings

Restrictions

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.

Users of the collection may not use lyrics or songs from the collection for the purpose of publishing, re-publishing, performing, or recording them, with or without existing or newly-composed music or lyrics, without the express written permission of the Special Collections Department and all other copyright holders. Photocopying of lyrics and songs is not permitted except in connection with academic projects; the requestor must provide a written description or proposal for his or her project and receive permission from the Special Collections Department before copies will be made. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Administrative Information

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Margaret Whiting Collection, M064, Popular Music Collection. Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret Whiting, 1988-2005.

Processing

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton, Christine de Catanzaro, and Trish Raque Bogdan [Initial processing March 1995; updated 2005; 2006].


Related Material

Related materials in this repository: Margaret Whiting and Jack Wrangler Interview (M206). Popular Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Johnny Mercer papers (M001). Popular Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Johnny and Ginger Mercer papers (M002). Popular Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Emma Kelly collection (M183). Popular Music Collection, Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.


Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize, sheet music, and video were separated out of the collection. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.


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