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Chris Sewell collection

Identifier: M257

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Chris Sewell Collection, 1947, 1987, 1997, undated, primarily contains materials related to lyricist Johnny Mercer (1909-1976). It includes copies of a watercolor painting by Johnny Mercer, a Johnny Mercer songlist, publications about Johnny Mercer, Christmas song lyrics, and cards with a caricature of Johnny Mercer.


  • Creation: 1947, 1987, 1997, undated


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.

Historical Note about Johnny Mercer

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. 


5 folder(s)

Language of Materials



The Chris Sewell Collection primarily contains materials related to lyricist Johnny Mercer. The materials are dated between 1947 and 1997.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically by folder titles.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Chris Sewell, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Brittany Newberry, 2022.

Chris Sewell:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University
Georgia State University Library
November 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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