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Johnny Mercer paintings reproduction collection

Identifier: M211

Scope and Content of the Records

The collection consists of photographic copies of 1 manuscript and 24 original watercolor paintings by Johnny Mercer. The works were copied via analog and digital photography by professional photographers Susan Einstein and Angela Hopper. The collection contains 26 transparencies by Einstein (25 color positives plus 1 duplicate color negative) and a CD-R containing 8 images taken by Hopper. All 8 paintings photographed by Hopper were also photographed by Einstein. Reference prints of all images by the photographers are available for research. Some of the prints of Einstein's images include information about the ownership of the original paintings.

Save for a portrait of his daughter labeled "Manny-poo," none of Mercer's paintings have titles supplied with their reproductions. In addition to the portrait of Amanda Mercer, the collection may include a portrait of Mercer's wife, Ginger. Subject matter of other paintings includes: landscapes (including mountain and desert scenes), views of houses and other structures (including a derrick and a train with a water tower), seascapes and a harbor scene, and figures (including a shepherd, fishermen and dancers). The collection includes an image of the holograph manuscript of "Come Rain or Come Shine" (inscribed by Mercer and composer Harold Arlen).


  • 1947, 1965-1966


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.

Historical Note about Johnny Mercer

John Herndon Mercer (1909-1976), a native of Savannah, Georgia, was one of the foremost figures of 20th century American popular music. His song catalog includes many numbers that have become American classics, and his activities as lyricist, composer, performer and businessman span a period of nearly five decades. Throughout his life, Mercer painted in watercolor for his own enjoyment and relaxation. Some of his paintings were made from photographs. Georgia State University Library, repository of Mercer's personal papers, coordinated a project to identify and make photographic copies of his paintings.


0.25 Linear Feet (in 6 folders)

Language of Materials



Prints, slides, transparencies, and digital images of 24 watercolor paintings by the American songwriter Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) plus one image of a manuscript. Subjects include family members and other figures, landscapes, and seascapes.

Acquisition Information

Collected by Georgia State University Library, 2004-2005.

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

Processing Information

Processed by William Hardesty at the file level, 2008.
Johnny Mercer's Paintings:
A Guide to the Collection of Reproductions at Georgia State University Library
William Hardesty
January 17, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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