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Margaret Whiting collection

 Collection
Identifier: M064
The Margaret Whiting collection, acquired over several years, consists of printed, audio and visual materials relating to the careers of Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer, as well as material on associated artists such as Johnny Rotella and Emma Kelly. The collection, circa 1924-2010 [bulk 1946-2007] documents extensively Whiting's career and professional activities, 1963-2007, and includes scrapbooks and files of newspaper clippings from the 1940s to 2000s. The manuscripts and printed materials in the collection include agreements, correspondence, programs, news clippings, sheet music, songbooks and production notes. Personal items include congratulatory telegrams, cards, and biographical-family history notes. Material related to Johnny Mercer in the collection includes draft lyrics, clippings, cards, printed material, and files related to Whiting's work with the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Photographs, videotaped interviews and performances, posters, CD's, and a video of The Nancy LaMott Story comprise the audio-visual portion of the collection.

Dates

  • 1924 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 2007

Creator

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.

Extent

8.34 Linear Feet

Abstract:

The Margaret Whiting collection consists of printed, visual, and audio materials relating to the careers of singer Margaret Whiting and her friend, songwriter Johnny Mercer, as well as Johnny Rotella and Emma Kelly.

Biography of Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting was born on July 22, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan. The daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting (1891-1938), she 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 later years she served as President of the Johnny Mercer Foundation and continued her work as a performer of Mercer songs in nightclub and musical theater performances. In the late 1990s she appeared on Broadway in Dream (1997), a Mercer revue conceived by her husband, Jack Wrangler, and in the PBS broadcast The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words (1997). Margaret Whiting passed away of natural causes on January 10, 2011, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, at age 86.

Organization of the Collection

The collection has been divided into four series; manuscript and printed materials, photographs, artifacts and scrapbooks.

The manuscript and printed materials document mostly Margaret's professional life on stage. There are a few personal items, such as congratulatory telegrams, cards and biographical-family history notes.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Margaret Whiting, 1988-2005. Subsequent additions donated by Debbi Whiting. 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.

Online Availability

The scrapbooks and most of the photographs from this collection have been digitized and are available at Georgia State University Library Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in Other Repositories
  1. Helen O' Connell papers, 1940-1979, J Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Contact Special Collections for access. For sheet music, see the Popular Music and Culture sheet music database. The article on Johnny Mercer from the Woodberry Forest Magazine has been transferred to the Popular Music Collection Ephemera Files See finding aid for access. The issue of Sheet Music Magazine has been transferred to the Popular Music and Culture Periodicals Collection. See finding aid for access.
Popular Music Ephemera Collecion
  1. Article "The Making of Johnny Mercer" by Gene Lees, Woodberry Forest Magazine and Journal, vol. 38, no. 2, Winter 1999 [2 copies]
Popular Music Sheet Music Collection
  1. Photocopy of a published song titled Baby-O, with music by Johnny Rotella and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, undated
  2. My Future Just Passed, with music by Richard A. Whiting and lyrics by George Marion Jr., 1930.
Popular Music Periodicals Collection
  1. Sheet Music Magazine (vol. 11, no. 8), November 1987 [2 copies]

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Ann Paton and Christine de Catanzaro, March 1995. Materials originally arranged as the "Dream collection" were integrated into the Whiting collection in August 2005 by Trish Raque Bogdan. EAD edited by Amanda Brown, 2006, and William Hardesty, 2007. Addition integrated and finding aid updated by Hilary Morrish, 2016.
Title
Margaret Whiting:
Subtitle
A Guide to Her Collection at Georgia State University Library
Status
completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
1995
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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