Joyce Maurer Saxon Collection

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Joyce Maurer Saxon Collection


  • 1945-1995 (Creation)


.25 lft; 4 folders

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(1928-02-14 - 2015-11-16)

Biographical history

Joyce Mauer was born in Chicago, Illinois to Bill and Cleo Mauer. At the age of five, a bout of tonsillitis spread to her eyes, damaging her vision. Childhood glaucoma caused additional damage to her vision and she became legally blind. Bedridden until the age of ten, Mauer began listening to music on the radio, especially swing, jazz, and classical. When she recovered her health, she began to play the piano. Her parents insisted that she hide her blindness and enrolled her in drama classes. As a teen she had some small parts on local radio. After high school, she began performing in local clubs around Chicago such as the Sherman House, Acorn on Oak, Danny's Hideaway, and Como Inn. She married and divorced Jack Reiling, then married Marty Saxon who managed her career. At 62, she began playing the piano at Nordstrom Department Store.

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The collections consists of news clippings, photos, a promotional leaflet, and magazines pertaining to the musical career of Joyce Mauer Saxon who lived and performed in and around Chicago, Illinois.

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The collection is in its original order organized by format.

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All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

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Received from Margie Mack, Joyce Maurer Saxon's daughter, on June 13, 2014.

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  • Citation: Joyce Mauer Saxon Collection, Great American Songbook Foundation

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Chicago Daily Herald, July 14, 1992.

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AtoM description created by Ashlee James, December 2017;

Archivist's note

Description amended by Lisa Lobdell, January 2021.

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