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Johnny Mercer "Three Arabian Knights" collection

Identifier: M250

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Johnny Mercer "Three Arabian Knights" collection primarily consists of materials related to the never produced musical, "Three Arabian Knights." The collections includes draft lyrics, screenplay, musical script, telegrams from composer Franz Steininger to lyricist Johnny Mercer, and audio reel-to-reel tapes of the songs and CDs of digitized audio from the reel-to-reel tapes. Materials in the collection date from around 1960 to 1969.


  • Creation: circa 1960-1969


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

John Herndon Mercer (1909-1976), a native of Savannah, Georgia, began writing songs at the age of fifteen and eventually became one of the foremost figures of 20th century American popular music. His 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.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 3 CDs, 4 reel to reel tapes)

Language of Materials



The Johnny Mercer "Three Arabian Knights" collection contains materials related to the never produced 1960s musical, "Three Arabian Knights." It includes draft lyrics, screenplay, script, telegrams, reel-to-reel tapes of the songs and CDs. Materials date from around 1960 to 1969.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically by folder and item titles.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ellen Steininger, 2020.

Processing Information

Processed by Brittany Newberry, 2022.

Johnny Mercer "Three Arabian Knights"
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library
Brittany Newberry
June 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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