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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.


  • 1975-2017


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. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

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.

Acquisition Information

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

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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
June 20, 2013
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Revision Statements

  • June 20, 2013: EAD Finding aid created by Laura Elliott.
  • May 2018: EAD edited by William Hardesty.
  • June 2021: Edited by Michelle Leasure: Unsolicited contracts regarding Barry Manilow music publishing (2 folders) arrived in 2020 and were added in.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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