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Finding Aid for the Percy Mayfield Collection (MUM00604)

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Finding Aid for the Percy Mayfield Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Percy Mayfield Collection
Dates: 1977-1984
Collector: Mayfield, Percy, 1920-1984
Physical Extent: 3 boxes
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00604
Location: Blues
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Collection of correspondence, funeral programs, obituaries, photographs, memorabilia, and ephemera related to the life of Percy Mayfield.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Collections donated by Tina Mayfield, widow of Percy Mayfield.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Mayfield, Percy, 1920-1984
Blues (Music)
Blues musicians


clippings (information artifacts)
record players

Biographical Note

Percy Mayfield (b. 12 August 1920, Minden, LA, d. 11 August 1984, Los Angeles, CA) was a talented songwriter and singer. He wrote and arranged many works for Ray Charles, of which "Hit the Road Jack" is probably the most famous. His "Please Send Me Someone to Love" has been covered by a number of artists.

Scope and Content Note

The Percy Mayfield Collection includes correspondence, obituaries & articles about Mayfield, photographs and personal ephemera. Additionally, the collection includes Mayfield's first turntable.

User Information

Prefered Citation

Percy Mayfield Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Percy Mayfield Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Separated Material

The San Francisco Blues Festival poster in Ephemera has been removed to the General Poster Collection

Container List

Folder 1.1 Letter. Dick Shurman to Mr. Mayfield, 27 February 1980
Letter. Clara Carter Anderson to Mr. Mayfield, 19 March 1980 + attached envelope
Letter. Tina Mayfield to Mr. Mayfield, 6 May 1980 + attached envelope
Letter. Johnny Otis to Mr. Mayfield, 30 August 1983 + attached envelope
Letter. Cecil Mayfield to his father Percy Mayfield, April 1984 (copy)
Letter. Cecil Mayfield to his father, 12 June 1984 (copy)
Father's Day Card. Tina Mayfield to Mr. Mayfield, 1984 (this was Percy's last Fathers' Day)
Funeral programs
Folder 1.2 17 August 1984 (2 copies)
Folder 1.3 Obituary: Note from Tina Mayfield, August 1984, re: thank everyone for sympathy and support
Obituary. Marilynn E. Bailey "Blues Giant Percy Mayfield is Dead at 64" The Tribune, Oakland, California, 12 August 1984
Obituary. "1200 Pay Final Tribute to Famed Blues Singer" 14 August 1984 + attachment of article: Dr. Demento, "Percy Mayfield Blues Prophet" 1 July 1984
Folder 1.4 Article. Shurman, Dick. "Percy Mayfield (Route 66 liner notes to KIX-22)" September 1981 (11 pages)
Folder 1.8 Article Bernie Pearl, "The Blues is My Blues is My Business" Scoop, 3 October 1985
Folder 1.5 Photograph (color 5" x 7") of Percy Mayfield and Pee-wee Crayton performing in their last show together, 5 August 1984
Folder 1.6 Matted Polaroids: One of Percy Mayfield in 1977 and one of Percy and Tina Mayfield 1979
Folder 1.7 Promotional photographs of Percy Mayfield for RCA Records [1980?] (5 copies)
Poster - The Eighth Annual San Francisco Blues Festival, Golden Gate Park Bandshell, 13-14 September 1980
Separated Material: Poster removed to the general poster collection
Folder 1.8 Billing account sheet for Percy Mayfield from St. Charles Hotel, 28 April 1980, re: Bill directly to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Program for 1983 Marin County Blues Festival, July 2-3, 1983 (includes bio of Percy Mayfield)
Flyers for The Southern California Blues Society's Celebration of the Blues, 7 July (2 copies)
Box 2 Certificate of Award to Percy Mayfield for Outstanding Achievement as a Record Star, from Ms Mary Walker and the Rubiayat Lounge, 5 June 1983 (framed)
Trophy to Percy Mayfield "Outstanding Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Living Legend" from Cardella Demilo, Don Johnson and the California Club, 1980
Cigarette case, metal
Audio cassette. The Best of Percy Mayfield (Specialty Records SPC-2126), 1982
Audio cassette dubbed copy. My Jug and I
Record Turntable and Speakers
Box 3 Percy Mayfield's first turntable