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Ober family papers

Identifier: M157

Scope and Content of the Papers

This collection contains 10 folders and 1 oversize folder of correspondence, Christmas cards, and other printed and manuscript materials; and 8 folders of photographs. The materials document the long friendship of the Ober and Mercer families, including various parties, informal get-togethers, and charity and fundraising events in which the two families were involved, mainly on Lido Isle and nearby locations. The correspondence includes letters and notes to Polly Ober from Johnny Mercer, Ginger Mercer, and Amanda Mercer, and Christmas cards from the Mercers. Among the manuscript materials are a humorous poem about Lido Isle written by Johnny Mercer, and a eulogy written and delivered by Mike Ober on the death of Johnny Mercer in 1976. Numerous newsclippings, programs, and other printed materials relate to Mercer's life and work, featuring especially various tributes to Mercer dating from his lifetime and after his death. Photographs and snapshots include pictures of Polly Ober and her children Mike and Patsee, Johnny and Ginger Mercer and their children Amanda and Jeff, and other friends and celebrities associated with the Mercers and Obers.


  • 1952-2000


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.

Biographical Note on the Ober Family

Polly Ober was born in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1942 she married Colonel Matt S. Ober, Jr., who was a professional Marine with service as a Marine pilot in World War II and the Korean War. Although the Ober family was stationed in numerous locations, they resided on Lido Isle (Newport Beach, California) for a period of years in the 1950s and again during the 1960s. The couple had two children, Mike and Patsee. They became close friends with Johnny and Ginger Mercer and their children during the years they spent on Lido Isle. After Matt Ober's death in 1965, the Mercers remained good friends with Polly and the Ober children.


0.42 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



The Ober family lived near Johnny Mercer and his family on Lido Isle (Newport Beach, California) in the 1950s and 1960s. The two families became close friends. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, and other printed and manuscript materials, documenting the long relationship between the families, as well as collected material relating to Johnny Mercer, 1976-2000.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Polly Ober, November 15, 1999.

Related Archival Materials

Related Materials in This Repository

  1. Johnny Mercer papers, 1885-1981 (M001)
  2. Johnny and Ginger Mercer papers, 1925-circa 1992 (M002)
  3. Johnny Mercer Oral History Project, 1970, 1995-1998, 2001-2002
  4. Polly Ober oral history interview, January 21, 1998 (M157). Johnny Mercer Oral History Project

Separated Materials:

During processing various materials were separated to other Popular Music and Culture Music Collections. Consult the University Library's online catalog or contact Special Collections for access to sheet music.

Popular Music Sheet Music Collection

  1. I Never Wanna Look Into Those Eyes Again (music by Milton Raskin, lyric by Johnny Mercer)

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro and Christopher Ann Paton, February 20, 2002.


Ober Family:
A Guide to Its Papers at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
February 20, 2002
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Repository Details

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