Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Robert Kimball Collection, 1930-2008, consists primarily of printed material and a small number of photographs, compiled as research for the book The Complete Lyrics of Johnny Mercer (New York, 2009), co-edited by Kimball. The collection is organized in four series. Series I, Songs, contains manuscript and printed arrangements, including arranger's piano and vocal scores, arranger's lead sheets, and piano-conductor scores, for songs written by Johnny Mercer. The series includes photocopies of published music but primarily consists of scores created by copyists for performance, many in photocopied form. Programs and Newspaper Clippings, Series II, contains copies of theater programs and research relating to shows with Mercer lyrics, 1930, 1939-1940, 1946-1959, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Mercer, 1974-1976. Series III, Photographs, consists of 22 photographic prints depicting Johnny Mercer's family, homes, movies, and collaborators including Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, circa 1940-circa 1972. The bulk of the collection, research material on Johnny Mercer's collaborators, makes up the fourth series, Biographies. The files, organized by the names of Mercer’s collaborators, largely contain copies of published articles and reference information. Some files include notes or correspondence with the subjects or their family members. Abigail Kimball was responsible for assembling much of the material in the Biographies files.
Restrictions on Access
Collection is open for research use.
From the Collection: 1.9 Linear Feet (in 5 boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English