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Charles S. Tigerman papers

Identifier: M214

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Charles S. Tigerman Papers contain legal documents and notes, 1975-1995, chronologically arranged and organized in two series. Series I, Johnny Mercer Estate, focuses on several transactions on behalf of the Estate of John H. Mercer. The legal transactions focus on the copyright and sale of many of Johnny Mercer's songs, 1976-1980. The papers included are an appraisal of the catalogue, correspondence, legal documents, and notes regarding the sale of copyright, appraisal of the catalogue, and pleadings regarding copyright. Several folders are dedicated to newspaper clippings, biographies, promotional flyers, newsletters, correspondence, and a few other promotional publications regarding press coverage of Johnny Mercer's festivals and other events, 1994-1996. Additionally, long excerpts of Mercer's autobiography are included. Series II, Ginger Mercer Estate, includes documents related to the estate of Mercer's widow, Elizabeth Meltzer Mercer, 1977-1994.


  • Creation: 1975-2017


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Biography of Charles S. Tigerman

Charles S. Tigerman is a practicing attorney with Mindlin and Tigerman Law Firm located in Los Angeles, California. He represents composers and lyricists and in the sale of compositions and catalogues. He actively serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Johnny Mercer Foundation ( He has participated in representing the Estate of John H. Mercer and Mercer's widow, Ginger (Elizabeth Meltzer Mercer).


0.8 Linear Feet (in 2 boxes)

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The Charles S. Tigerman Papers contain legal documents and notes related to the copyright of lyricist Johnny Mercer's songs and the estate of his widow, Ginger Mercer, 1975-1995, as well as material related to Mercer festivals, 1994-1996. Charles S. Tigerman is a practicing attorney who has served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Johnny Mercer Foundation.


The papers are arranged into two series:

  1. Series I: Johnny Mercer Estate, 1975-1995
  2. Series II: Ginger Mercer Estate, 1977-2017

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Johnny Mercer estate records donated by Charles S. Tigerman, March 3, 2010. Ginger Mercer estate records donated separately at a later date.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Elliott, June 20, 2013. Addition processed by Hilary Morrish, February 2015.

Charles S. Tigerman:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
20 June 2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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