Johnny Mercer correspondence
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Johnny Mercer correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.
Title: Johnny Mercer correspondence
Dates: 1955-1971
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0552

Biographical/Historical Note

Johnny Mercer (1910-1976) was born John H. Mercer in Savannah, Georgia, the son of George Anderson Mercer. He was educated in Savannah public schools and at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He worked with his father in the real estate loan business before heading to New York in 1929 with the Savannah Town Theater group for a National Little Theater contest. He remained in New York to try for a stage career. He became a well-known lyricist and moved to California, where he produced many hit songs for motion picture musical productions.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence pertaining to Johnny Mercer's assumption of the debts of his father's company, G.A. Mercer Company, which failed in 1929. Chatham Savings & Loan Company of Savannah was the Liquidating Agent for the repayment; these papers are from the files of that company which was acquired by the Savannah Bank and Trust Company. These papers were presented to the Georgia Historical Society with the following comment: "a remarkable demonstration of a son's loyalty to his father." There are many letters written by Johnny Mercer in the collection. The later papers, 1970-1971, concern a few of his other charities. Three Christmas greeting cards are included with this collection.

Index Terms

Charities--United States.
Christmas cards.
G.A. Mercer Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Letters (correspondence)
Mercer, Johnny, 1909-1976.
Savannah Bank and Trust Company (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Johnny Mercer correspondence, MS 552, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Malcolm Bell, Jr., 1977; Mrs. Howard Morrison, 1978 (duplicate of Item 59).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Correspondence regarding repayments, 1955 March-May ( 21.0 items. )


2Correspondence regarding repayments, 1955 July -1958 March ( 30.0 items. )


3Correspondence regarding donations for the "Clarence Perkins Award," Leonard Wolins for medical expenses, and Sweet Field of Eden Baptist Church; three Christmas greeting cards ( 8.0 items. )