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Finding Aid for the Tina Mayfield Collection (MUM01758)

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Finding Aid for the Tina Mayfield Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tina Mayfield Collection
Dates: 1970-2000
Collector: Mayfield, Tina
Physical Extent: 3 boxes (1.6 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM01758
Location: Blues Archive
Language of Material: English
Abstract: The collection contains materials related to Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, and Tina Mayfield.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Purchased for the Blues Archive by Mick and Molli Kolassa

Processing Information

Collection processed by Greg Johnson, 2011. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, January 2012.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Mayfield, Percy, 1920-1984
Fulson, Lowell
Mayfield, Tina
Blues (Music)
Blues musicians


clippings (information artifacts)

Biographical Note

Tina Mayfield (b. Earnestine Jermany 17 October 1929, d. 14 December 2006) ran a music agency called Mayfield Productions. She was widowed by Percy Mayfield and managed a number of artists, including Lowell Fulson.

Percy Mayfield (b. 12 August 1920, Minden, La., d. 11 August 1984, Los Angeles, Calif.) was a talented songwriter and singer. Known as the "Poet Laureate of the Blues," 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.

Lowell Fulson (b. 31 March 1921, Tulsa, OK, d. 7 March 1999, Long Beach, CA) was one of the most influential west coast blues guitarists. His song “Three O’Clock Blues” became B. B. King’s first number one hit, and his “Reconsider Baby” was covered by Elvis Presley.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, correspondence, lyrics, and business documents related to the lives and careers of Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, and Tina Mayfield and the musicians marketed through Mayfield Productions.

User Information

Preferred Citation

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

Access Restrictions

The Tina 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.

Reproducing items in folders 2.10-2.13 is prohibited.

Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

Percy Mayfield Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Separated Material

The following items have been cataloged:

Jones, Fernando. I Was There When the Blues Was Red Hot. Chicago: Fernando Jones Publishing, 1991. Call number: ML3521.J65 1989. (Inscribed to Tina Mayfield)

Mayfield, Percy. New Released Music All Written & Performed by Percy Mayfield. Maytone Records, 2005. (Compact disc)

Fulson, Lowell. "Walk On / Kansas City Bound." Hollywood, CA: Granite Records, 1976. (45 rpm sound disc)

Anderson, Blue. "You Can’t Make Nobody Love You / Economic Blues." Los Angeles, CA: White Records Enterprises, undated. (45 rpm sound disc)


This collection is arranged in two series.

Series I. Papers, 1970-2000
Series II. Photographs

Container List

Series I. Papers, 1970-2000
Scope: Correspondence, lyrics, and business documents
Folder 1.1 Percy Mayfield handwritten lyrics
Folder 1.2 Percy Mayfield typed lyrics
Folder 1.3 Percy Mayfield correspondence
Folder 1.4 Percy Mayfield contracts
Folder 1.5 Percy Mayfield funeral condolences and obituary
Folder 1.6 Essay on Percy Mayfield by Dick Shurman
Folder 1.7 Percy Mayfield clippings
Folder 1.8 Percy Mayfield flyers
Folder 1.9 Percy Mayfield airline tickets
Folder 1.10 Percy Mayfield royalty statements
Folder 1.11 Percy Mayfield catalogue and related documents
Folder 1.12 Percy Mayfield miscellaneous
Folder 1.13 Lowell Fulson song lyrics
Folder 1.14 Lowell Fulson articles and profiles
Folder 1.15 Lowell Fulson contracts
Folder 1.16 Lowell Fulson copyright renewals
Folder 1.17 Lowell Fulson miscellaneous
Folder 1.18 Tina Mayfield certificates
Folder 1.19 Tina Mayfield appointment books
Folder 1.20 Tina Mayfield personal correspondence
Folder 1.21 Tina Mayfield department of corrections visitations forms
Folder 1.22 Tina Mayfield notebook
Folder 1.23 Tina Mayfield miscellaneous
Folder 1.24 General flyers
Folder 1.25 Tony Coleman public relations material
Folder 1.26 Terry Evans public relations material
Folder 1.27 Leonard Gill public relations material
Folder 1.28 Russell Jackson public relations material
Folder 1.29 Sam Frazier Jr. public relations material
Folder 1.30 Slidin’ Stevie Davis public relations material
Folder 1.31 Brian E. Young public relations material
Folder 1.32 Dahle Scott public relations material
Folder 1.33 Rich Harper Blues Band public relations material
Folder 1.34 Lady Holleman public relations material
Folder 1.35 Robert A. Johnson music portfolio
Folder 1.36 Martin Feldmann article
Folder 1.37 Various funeral programs and pamphlets
Folder 2.1 Miscellaneous clippings
Folder 2.2 Documents of Freedom reproductions
Folder 2.3 The True Gospel Church of God by-laws
Folder 2.4 James Glover – various business documents
Folder 2.5 James Glover – mortuary/cemetery documents
Folder 2.6 Various blues festival programs
Folder 2.7 BMI Newsletters
Folder 2.8 Black American Cinema Society’s awards program
Folder 2.9 Miscellaneous
Folder 2.10 Percy Mayfield deed, mortgage, and loan information
Restrictions: Copying, scanning, or photographing prohibited
Folder 2.11 Percy Mayfield receipts for 1985 taxes
Restrictions: Copying, scanning, or photographing prohibited
Folder 2.12 Percy Mayfield various receipts and checks
Restrictions: Copying, scanning, or photographing prohibited
Folder 2.13 Tina Mayfield tax documents
Restrictions: Copying, scanning, or photographing prohibited
Folder 2.14 Lowell Fulson – Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, 1993
Folder 2.15 Guitar Shorty and Sam Frazier Jr. posters
Series II. Photographs
Folder 3.1 Percy Mayfield photographs
Folder 3.2 Lowell Fulson PR photographs
Folder 3.3 Lowell Fulson photographs
Folder 3.4 Tina Mayfield photographs
Folder 3.5 Lowell Fulson and others from Blues & Cues, Toronto, Canada, May 1990
Scope: Removed from photo album sent to Lowell Fulson from Therese [?] on 8 June 1990
Folder 3.6 Lowell Fulson signed photograph
Folder 3.7 O. B. Wright signed photograph
Folder 3.8 Tina Mayfield photographs
Folder 3.9 Dena’s graduation photographs from LAPD Academy and first day at new job, April 1988
Scope: Removed from photo album
Folder 3.10 Photographs from scrapbook
Scope: Removed from photo album called "Grandma’s Brag Book"
Folder 3.11 Fats Domino signed photograph
Folder 3.12 Backroads Blues Band signed photograph
Folder 3.13 Shirley Dixon signed photograph
Folder 3.14 Sly Williams signed photograph
Folder 3.15 Fernando Jones signed photograph
Folder 3.16 Bobby Warren signed photograph
Folder 3.17 Joe Campbell photographs
Folder 3.18 Bo Diddley photograph
Folder 3.19 Junior Wells photograph
Folder 3.20 Bob Nelson photograph
Folder 3.21 The Marvelettes photograph
Folder 3.22 Rich Harper Blues Band photograph
Folder 3.23 Slo Leak photograph
Folder 3.24 Terry Evans photograph
Folder 3.25 Buddy Guy photograph
Folder 3.26 Harmonica Slim and Hosea Leavy photograph
Folder 3.27 Lady Holleman photograph
Folder 3.28 Nadine A. photograph
Folder 3.29 Big Jay McNeely photograph
Folder 3.30 Koko Taylor photograph
Folder 3.31 Louisiana "Guitar" Red photograph
Folder 3.32 Papa John Creach photograph
Folder 3.33 Floyd Dixon and Port Barlow photograph
Folder 3.34 Smokey Wilson photograph
Folder 3.35 Sir Stan and the Counts photograph
Folder 3.36 Jimmy Rogers photograph
Folder 3.37 Guitar Shorty photograph
Folder 3.38 Ester Jones photograph
Folder 3.39 Sam Lay photograph
Folder 3.40 A Band Called Sam photograph
Folder 3.41 Fenton Robinson photographs
Folder 3.42 Harmonica Fats photographs
Folder 3.43 B. B. King and Big Daddy Carl photograph
Folder 3.44 Guitar Shorty and Bernie Pearl photograph
Folder 3.45 Lil Ed photograph
Folder 3.46 John Lee Hooker photograph
Folder 3.47 Doug MacLeod photograph
Folder 3.48 Miscellaneous photographs