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Johnny Mercer Foundation records

 Collection
Identifier: M141

Scope and Contents of the Records

Board meeting minutes, correspondence, legal documents, financial records and audits, and reports from supported charities and initiatives make up the records of The Johnny Mercer Foundation, 1962-2018. These materials were retained by various Board Officers and Board Members, so they cover the breadth of the Foundation’s activities. They document the evolution of the Foundation from its establishment under Ginger Mercer to its expansion and continuation after her death, as well as the evolution of the partnerships established between the Foundation and their many supported charities, projects, and initiatives.

This is primarily a manuscript collection but some audio-visual materials are included. These materials are almost entirely photo, audio, or video evidence submitted by supported organizations and initiatives as part of regular reporting to the Foundation.

Dates

  • 1962-2018

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

History of The Johnny Mercer Foundation

The Johnny Mercer Foundation is a charitable organization with a stated mission of supporting the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer. It was established by Ginger Mercer, Johnny’s wife, in 1982. The Foundation has contributed funds to several charities for causes championed by Johnny and Ginger Mercer, as well as several initiatives and projects that either support songwriters and musicians, commemorate Johnny Mercer, or both.

One notable initiative has been the development of the "Accentuate the Positive" program since 2002, which includes a student activity guide that teachers can use to teach students about the art of songwriting and the songs of the Great American Songbook. The Foundation also worked with Turner Classic Movies, Rhapsody Productions, and executive producer Clint Eastwood to create a documentary about the life and music of Johnny Mercer, entitled The Dream’s On Me, in 2009.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors who meet at least twice annually.

Extent

24 box(es)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Johnny Mercer Foundation is a charitable organization with a stated mission of supporting the discipline of songwriting in the tradition of the Great American Songbook as exemplified by the life and work of Johnny Mercer. Board meeting minutes, correspondence, legal documents, financial records and audits, and reports from supported charities and initiatives make up their records, dated 1962-2018.

Acquisition Information

Donated by The Johnny Mercer Foundation, courtesy of John D. Marshall, on August 19, 2014 and by Charles Tigerman (Johnny Mercer Foundation Board Member) on October 7, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Michelle Leasure at the file level, November 2019. Collection arrived partially organized and partially foldered. Most documentation of Board of Directors meeting minutes arrived bound in binders organized chronologically; binders removed for preservation. Series created and file titles assigned during processing.
Title
The Johnny Mercer Foundation Records
Author
Michelle Leasure
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2880
404-413-2881 (Fax)