John and Seymour Rennolds collection, 1933-ca. 1992.


John and Seymour Rennolds collection, 1933-ca. 1992.

The collection consists of materials that the Rennolds collected on the twentieth-century lyricist and composer, Johnny Mercer. A significant part of the manuscript collection, in the General files series, is made up of various handlists and catalogues of the songs, recordings, and movies of Johnny Mercer. The correspondence documents the Rennolds' collecting of the sound recordings and sheet music of Mercer. The collection also includes documents and publications on or from Johnny Mercer's school, Woodberry Forest School. The music and lyrics in the collection include numerous copies of Mercer's music, in manuscript (arrangements, piano-vocal scores, lead sheets) and printed (sheet music, arrangements, songbooks) forms. Among other composers represented in the collection are David Raksin and Paul Whiteman. The collection includes approximately 800 sound recordings, 50 printed songbooks, and 800 pieces of sheet music.

Manuscripts 3 linear ft.

Related Entities

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Mercer, Johnny (person)

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 s...

Whiteman, Paul, 1890-1967 (person)

Rennolds, Seymour. (person)

Woodberry Forest School (corporateBody)

Raksin, David (person)

Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer, orchestrator and conductor. From the guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981, (Music Library) American film composer. From the description of David Raksin: an oral history interview with Peggy Mayer Sherry for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Weill-Lenya Research Center, Van Nuys, CA, 1991 Oct. 2. (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison). WorldCat record id: 152674950 ...

Rennolds, John, b. 1926. (person)