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Jacque Mercer Photographs 1936-1956

CP JME


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Mercer, Jacque (Jacque Joy), 1931-1982
Title: Jacque Mercer Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1956
Quantity: 2 Boxes (1.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses approximately 1,000 photographs documenting Jacque Mercer's childhood, studies at Arizona State University, and reign as Miss America.
Identification: CP JME
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Jacquelyn Joy Mercer was born to Arthur Linville and Evelyn Joy (Holman) Mercer in Thatcher, Arizona on January 7, 1931 and spent most of her childhood on a ranch near Litchfield, Arizona. She attended North Phoenix High School and was a freshman at Phoenix College when she was crowned Miss America on September 11, 1949. In December of 1949, Jacque married her high school sweetheart, Douglas Cook, and thus violated her contract with Miss America. Although the pageant allowed her to keep her crown, it instituted a "no marriage, no pregnancy" rule the following year. This rule remained in effect until 1999. Mercer's national tour as Miss America included endorsements and promotions for Catalina swimwear and Lane cedar chests.

Late in 1950, Mercer filed for divorce and entered the University of Arizona. She later transferred to Mexico City College. Mercer married a casual acquaintance, William Oldenburger, in Los Angeles on August 22, 1952. The couple divorced after 11 days, and Mercer entered Arizona State College in the fall semester of the same year. Here, she met ASC football star Dick Curran, who she married in May of 1953. The couple had two children, Richard Jr. and Shannon. Richard Curran Sr. played for the Green Bay Packers before returning to Phoenix and founding an advertising firm, the Curran Company. Jacque Curran appeared in a number of television commercials and performed in eight plays at the Sombrero Playhouse in addition to working with her husband's firm.

Jacque and Richard Curran divorced in 1974. Jacque Mercer went into real estate and married Marvin Gillespie in Los Angeles on January 21, 1978. Jacque Mercer Gillespie died of leukemia in California on February 2, 1982.


Scope and Content Note

This collection houses approximately 1,000 photographs documenting Jacque Mercer's childhood, studies at Arizona State University, and reign as Miss America.


Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: All library reading rooms are currently closed as part of the ASU Library's COVID-19 response. Ask an Archivist is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for reference assistance regarding collection materials.

Copyright

Arizona State University does not own copyright to this collection. Distinctive Collections recognizes that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Related Material

Interested researchers may also wish to consult MSS-57: Jacque Mercer Papers (guide available at http://www.azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/asu/mercer.xml.


Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Miss America Pageant.

Subject(s)
Beauty contestants -- United States.
Beauty contests -- United States.
Models (Persons) -- United States.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Jacque Mercer Photographs, CP JME. Arizona State University Library: Greater Arizona Collection.

Provenance

Jacque Mercer donated these materials to Archives and Special Collections in 1974 (Accession #1974-00052).


Container List

3Studio Portrait of Jacque Mercer When Five Years Old; Phoenix, Arizona, 1936
Corporate Name(s)
Korrick's Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

7-8Studio Portrait of Jackie Mercer at Age 9; Phoenix, Arizona, 1940
Corporate Name(s)
Korrick's Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

50Group Portrait; S.L., circa 1945
51-52Jacque Mercer and Friends at a Formal Dance; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1948
Corporate Name(s)
Reger-Klink Photo (Photographer)

53Jackie Mercer and Others at Bob Hope Cancer Driver Promotion; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Joey Starr Photography (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

59Jacque Mercer on a Ladder by a Giant Sunflower; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1949
Corporate Name(s)
McLaughlin & Associates (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

61Contestants in Miss Arizona Pageant; Phoenix, Arizona, 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Gene Botsford Studio (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

62Jacque Mercer in Miss Arizona Float, Boardwalk Parade; Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1949
Personal Name(s)
Brett, George J. (George Jesse), 1896-1969 (Photographer)

63-64Jacque Mercer in Miss Arizona Float, Boardwalk Parade; Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Gene Botsford Studio (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

125-127Jacque Mercer and Billy DeWolf at Chicago Lane Show; Chicago, Illinois, 1950
Personal Name(s)
De Wolfe, Billy, 1907-1974

131-132Jacque Mercer Exiting a Plane; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Joey Starr Photography (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

133Jacque Mercer Exiting an Airplane; Richmond, Virginia [?], circa 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Colonial Studio (Richmond, Va.) (Photographer)

136-137Jacque Mercer with Dogs in Western Motif Bedroom; Phoenix, Arizona, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Joey Starr Photography (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

138Jackie Mercer Riding a Tractor; Phoenix, Arizona, 1949
Corresponds to McLaughlin Negative 16,730.
Corporate Name(s)
McLaughlin & Associates (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

142Jacque Mercer Backstage at Miss Liberty Show with Unidentified Cast; New York, N.Y., 1949
Personal Name(s)
Sozio, A. F. (Photographer)

143Allyn McLerie, Miss Liberty, and Jacque Mercer; New York, N.Y., 1949
Personal Name(s)
McLerie, Allyn Ann, 1926-

153Jacque Mercer, Pat Patrilsoff, and Bill McCausland; Forth Worth, Texas, 1950
Personal Name(s)
Herbert, H. Key (Horace Key), 1916-1973 (Photographer)

162Jacque Mercer and Louise Winslow on Women's Window Set; Cleveland, Ohio, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Rebman Photo Service (Cleveland, Ohio) (Photographer)

176Jackie Mercer at Homecoming; Litchfield Park, Arizona, 1949
Corresponds to McLaughlin Negative 16,746.
Corporate Name(s)
McLaughlin & Associates (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

177-178Jacque Mercer at Homecoming; Litchfield Park, Arizona, 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Joey Starr Photography (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

179Jacque Mercer with Marsh and Brooks Children at Homecoming; Litchfield Park, Arizona, 1949
Corporate Name(s)
McLaughlin & Associates (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

181Jackie Mercer Cutting a Cake at a Bayless Market: Phoenix, Arizona, 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Gene Botsford Studio (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)
A. J. Bayless Markets Inc.

182Jacque Mercer's Homecoming Celebration at the Capitol; Phoenix, Arizona, 1949
Corresponds to McLaughlin Negative 16,715.
Corporate Name(s)
McLaughlin & Associates (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

183-185Jacque Mercer and Eddie Cantor at the Shelbourne Hotel; Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1949
Personal Name(s)
Cantor, Eddie, 1892-1964

Corporate Name(s)
Fred Hess & Son (Photographer)

190Jacque Mercer at Lane Chest Company Convention; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Philip Bucci Associates (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Photographer)

191Jacque Mercer with the 44th Marine Corps; Tucson, Arizona, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Desert Photo (Tucson, Ariz.) (Photographer)

194Jacque Mercer at National 4-H Club Congress; Chicago, Illinois, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Allison-Lighthall Photographers (Chicago, Ill.) (Photographer)

200-201Jacque Mercer with a Nash Rambler with Plates Reading "A-1"; Phoenix, Arizona, 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Gene Botsford Studio (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

202Jacque Mercer Loading Luggage in the Trunk of her Nash; Hollywood, California, 1950
207-208Jacque Mercer Modelling Clothes; New York, N.Y., 1949
Corporate Name(s)
Christy Studio (New York, N.Y.) (Photographer)

213Jacque Mercer Modelling Clothes; St. Louis, Missouri, 1949
Personal Name(s)
Arteaga, Robert F. (Photographer)

252-253Portrait of Jacque Mercer; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Johnny Johnson Photo (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

268Portrait of Jacque Mercer; S.L., circa 1950
300Stage Production; Phoenix, Arizona, 1949
Personal Name(s)
Hawerlander, Ebby (Eberhard Siegfried), 1915-1997 (Photographer)

303Jacque Mercer with an Unidentified Man: Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1950
Personal Name(s)
Weiner, Stuart A., 1915-1985 (Photographer)

307Jacque Mercer and Others; Phoenix, Arizona, circa 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Bob Markow Photography (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

308Jacque Mercer, Husband, and Friends; Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Syd Stoen (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Photographer)

321Portrait of Jacque Mercer; S.L., circa 1950
Corporate Name(s)
Handler Galleries (Phoenix, Ariz.) (Photographer)

324Jacque Mercer with Past Miss Americas A. Bryant and M. A. Mobley; New Haven, Connecticut, Undated
Personal Name(s)
Bryant, Anita
Mobley, Mary Ann, 1937-2014

325Jacque Mercer with Other Former Miss Americas; Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1956
Corporate Name(s)
Fred Hess & Son (Photographer)

328Jacque Mercer on Former Miss America Float; Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1956
Corporate Name(s)
Syd Stoen (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Photographer)

356Wedding of Gaby Aguilar and Luis Suinaga; Mexico City, Mexico, Undated
Personal Name(s)
Escandón, Luis Joaquín Suinaga, 1922-2000
Bell, Gábriela (Gábriela María Aguilar), ca. 1928-

368A/PANPanorama of Miss Arizona, Jacque Mercer, and the Other Contestants in the Miss America Pageant. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950
Personal Name(s)
Mercer, Jacque (Jacque Joy), 1931-1982

Corporate Name(s)
Central Studios (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Photographer)

368/PANPanorama of the Convention Hall During the Selection of the 16 Finalists for Miss America Pageant. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950
Personal Name(s)
Mercer, Jacque (Jacque Joy), 1931-1982

Corporate Name(s)
Central Studios (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Photographer)

369/PANPanorama of Miss America, Jacque Mercer, with the Contestants for the Next Miss America. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1950
Personal Name(s)
Mercer, Jacque (Jacque Joy), 1931-1982

Corporate Name(s)
Central Studios (Atlantic City, N.J.) (Photographer)

370/PANPanorama of the Convention Hall During the Selection of the 16 Finalists for the Miss for America Pageant. Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1949