The Charles S. Tigerman Papers contain legal documents and notes related to the copyright of lyricist Johnny Mercer's songs and the estate of his widow, Ginger Mercer, 1975-1995, as well as material related to Mercer festivals, 1994-1996. Charles S. Tigerman is a practicing attorney who has served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Johnny Mercer Foundation.
Emma Kelly was a lifelong resident of Statesboro, Georgia. Having learned to play the piano at the age of six, she continued to perform for civic clubs and special events across the state for the rest of her life. The locally famous "Miss Emma" achieved world-renown when author John Berendt devoted an entire chapter to her in his novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Emma Kelly collection includes documentary materials and artifacts...
circa 1900-2001; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1999
George A. Mercer (father of songwriter Johnny Mercer) built the home at Vernon View, Savannah, Georgia that was used by the family as a summer home. The collection consists of four color photographs of the house, donated by longtime resident Georgia Roux.
The Johnny and Ginger Mercer Papers contain manuscripts, photographs, sheet music, recordings, printed materials, and memorabilia documenting the early careers (1920s through about 1931) of both Johnny and Ginger Mercer; their courtship and marriage (1930 and 1931); and Johnny Mercer's career as a songwriter, performer, and businessman as it continued after their marriage; Johnny Mercer's work as a lyricist.
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. The Johnny Mercer papers consist of biographical materials (including an unpublished autobiography), correspondence, drafts...
A Savannah, Georgia businessman, Nick Mamalakis was associated with lyricist Johnny Mercer's family and its businesses from 1930, and was the primary advocate of plans to bring the papers of Johnny Mercer to the archives at Georgia State University. His papers include articles, newsclippings, correspondence and printed material relating to Johnny Mercer and to the acquisition of the Johnny Mercer Papers by Georgia State University, and brief manuscript by Nick Mamalakis describing the events...
Windell M. Smith grew up in Savannah, Georgia during the 1960s. He later became a Special Education teacher in the Savannah area. This collection consists of a single sheet of lyrics that Johnny Mercer provided to Savannah Boy Scout Troop 60 for a 1960 trip to the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado.