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Evans (Eric Scott) and Jerome Maxwell Strum papers
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Photographs, personal papers, t-shirts, and other materials of Eric Scott Evans (pseudonym for Eric Scott Myrick) and Jerome Maxwell Strum, Jr., also known as Maxwell Jerome. The collection primarily documents their life together from 1983 to 1998, as they moved from San Francisco to New York City, Indianapolis, and Pipe Creek, Texas.
Eric Scott Myrick was born in Boulder, Colorado in 1962. Nothing is known of his early life except that he adopted the name Eric Scott Evans, and was probably living in San Francisco when he appeared as "Tige McMasters" in two gay erotic films by Nova Studios in 1982 and 1983. In the early 1980s, in San Francisco, he met Jerome Maxwell Strum, Jr., who was born on December 28, 1957, in Chateauroux, France, and graduated from John Jay High School, in San Antonio, Texas. Evans and Strum lived together in San Francisco from circa 1983, and in March 1984 were joined in Holy Union in the Golden Gate Metropolitan Community Church by the Reverend James Sandmire. They later moved to New York City where Evans worked for the Gay Cable Network (GCN), first as a production assist and moving up to the position of photographer and assistant to the producer. Evans also worked as a gemologist designing and creating jewelry. Strum served as a regional cosmetologist for Christian Dior. Together they toured the United States and Europe. In 1990, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where they worked for GCN and served on the Pride Events Committee of Celebration on the Circle. In 1993, they relocated to Pipe Creek, Texas, in the hill country northwest of San Antonio. Strum died in their home on October 11, 1998. Evans went on to marry Keith Earl in 2008, and as of 2014, they live in Shreveport, Louisiana. As of 2014, Eric Evans is the vice-chair of the Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network and the Advocacy Coordinator at the Philadelphia Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Central Indiana Community Foundation administers an Eric Scott Evans - Jerome Maxwell Strum, Jr., Memorial Fund.
17.5 Linear Feet 5 archive boxes, 13 archive cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 2 shoe boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 map case drawer
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