John Samuels papers, 1922-1977

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Samuels, John.
Title: John Samuels papers, 1922-1977
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 952
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of John Samuels, an African American musician from Atlanta, Georgia including sheet music, handwritten scores, programs from Atlanta churches, and photographs.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Printed or manuscript music in this collection that is still under copyright protection and is not in the Public Domain may not be photocopied or photographed. Researchers must provide written authorization from the copyright holder to request copies of these materials.


Purchase, 2003.


[after identification of item(s)], John Samuels papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, December 10, 2005.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

John Samuels was an African American musician from Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of John Samuels from 1922-1977. The papers include sheet music, handwritten scores, programs from Atlanta churches, and photographs. The scores were possibly transcribed by Samuels, although none are original compositions. The photographs are mostly of unidentified family and friends and include autographed photographs of Sammie Davis, Jr. and May Britt.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Photographs
1 2 Photographs
1 3 Photographs
1 4 Liberty Baptist Church Annual Musical, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23, 1956
1 5 West Hunter Street Baptist Church, 96th Church Anniversary, Atlanta, Georgia, November 27, 1977
1 6 April in Paris
1 7 Autumn Leaves
1 8 Birth of the Blues
1 9 The Greatest Possession
1 10 Lover Come Back to Me
1 11 My Funny Valentine
1 12 Route 66
Sheet music
1 13 Gorham, Jimmie and Johnny Holmes, “While You’re Away,” Nestor Music, 1948
1 14 Mercer, Johnny and Hoagy Carmichael, “Lazybones,” Southern Music, 1933
1 15 Mercer, Johnny and Harold Allen, “That Old Black Magic,” Famous Music, 1942
1 16 Pace, Charles H., “Bread of Heaven,” Old Ship of Zion Music, 1941
1 17 Reed, Curtis, “Be Happy,” 1974
1 18 Reed, Curtis, “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” 1974
1 19 Robinson, Avery, “Water Boy,” Boosey and Hawkes, 1922.