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Joan Clarke Johnny Mercer collection

Identifier: M172

Scope and Content of the Collection

This collection consists of one VHS videotape of the show "The Name's the Same" (originally aired September 3, 1951) featuring songwriter Johnny Mercer and a young boy named Johnny Mercer. The videotape was recorded off the air and includes commercials; it was recorded over a commercial Frank Sinatra videotape, and the original tape continues after the TV show ends.


  • Creation: 1951


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.

Biographical Note

Joan Clarke is the daughter of Sadie Vimmerstedt, who wrote the song "I Wanna Be Around" with Johnny Mercer in 1959. "The Name's the Same" was a panel show on the ABC television network that ran 1951-1955. Guests shared the name of a famous person, place, or thing, and celebrity panel members tried to guess it.


0.1 Linear Feet (in 1 box)

Language of Materials



Consists of a videocassette recording of a 1951 episode of the television program The Name's the Same featuring Johhny Mercer.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Joan Clarke, November 25, 1999.

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. The issue of Sheet Music Magazine has been transfered to the Popular Music Collection Ephemera Files See finding aid for access.

Popular Music Sheet Music Collection

  1. 12 pieces of Johnny Mercer sheet music

Popular Music Ephemera Collecion

  1. Sheet Music Magazine (November 1987)

Processing Information

Processed by Christine de Catanzaro and Christopher Ann Paton at the file level, July 25, 2000.

Joan Clarke:
A Guide to Her Johnny Mercer Collection at Georgia State University Library
Georgia State University Library
July 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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