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  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Separated Materials
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Eric Scott Evans and Jerome Maxwell Strum papers
    creator: Evans, Eric Scott
    creator: Jerome, Maxwell (Jerome Maxwell Strum)
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008-061
    Physical Description: 17.5 Linear Feet 5 archive boxes, 13 archive cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 2 shoe boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 map case drawer
    Date (inclusive): 1955-2007
    Abstract: 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.
    Storage Unit: 12-16
    Storage Unit: 17-24


    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Eric Scott Evans and Jerome Maxwell Strum Papers, Coll2008-061, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Acquisition Information

    Eric Scott Evans donated the first part of the collection on September 19, 2001. The second part of the collection was transferred via the GLBT Historical Society on February 10, 2009.

    Processing Information

    Formerly boxes 103-74, 103-75, 103-76, and 103-77. Processed by Michael C. Oliveira with the assistance of Misha Karbelnig on November 2008. Additional materials processed by Kyle Morgan in 2015.


    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection consists of the 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 private life together from circa 1983 to 1998, as they moved from San Francisco to New York City, Indianapolis, and finally to the San Antonio area. The collection also contains some records of their professional careers as well as documentation of Evan's life after Strum's death in 1998.

    Separated Materials

    VHS Separated to the ONE audiovisual collection:
    20/20 On Lesbians, 48 Hours: Gays in the Military.
    AIDS Telethon. 1-800-321-AIDS.
    Boys in (unidentified text) with Hoppie Godfrey (?). 1:19:52.
    CNN Presents AIDS/HIV.
    Cracker Barrel . 1. My Footage 2. 20/20 PrimeTime on What Makes a Person Gay. Gay Bashing on Dateline. 60 Minutes on Gay Cops.
    Documentary on Andy Warhol.
    Ellen Coming Out/ Prime Time Live. Ellen.
    First Person with Maria Schiver.
    Gay Rodeo. Q Television Networks. Palm Springs.
    Interview with Greg Louganis on 20/20.
    Judgment. October 13, 1990. HBO.
    Le Hasard Fait Bein Les Choses// As Luck Would Have It. 1989. 2001. Immeuble Le Barjac.
    Michael Goodwin’s Goodjac 3. Up, Up, and Away.
    Mobilize for Women’s Lives. “Voice of Choice”. Henninger Video. 21:40.
    Oprah. Quilt on HBO.
    PBS AIDS Special.
    Phil Donahue on Gays and Lesbians Coming Out to Parents (2nd part).
    Q Television.
    Q Television Palm Springs.
    Queer as Folk. Showtime.
    Robin Tyler Celebrates the 1990 Gay Games, Vancouver, BC . 1990. Robin Tyler Productions.
    Rock Hudson. Television movie.
    “Sex Is…” by Mark Huestis and Lawrence Helman. 1993.
    “Silverlake Life: A View from Here.” A Story of Two Lovers with AIDS. Point of View.
    “Take Back the Night” with Chris Burns.1990. A Lightning Bolt Studios.
    Understanding HIV Teen Facts.
    When I’m Sixty-Four. August 4, 2004. BBC Worldwide/ New York.
    Whispers- 8 Minutes of Outtakes. Whispers- 60 Minute Film. Ron Gould. Hartford, CT.
    Women and AIDS: Deadly Denial. Indiana State Board of Health.
    Separated to the ONE Archives periodical collections:
    The Advocate, February 3, 1998; March 28, 2006.
    Alamo Couples Newsletter, v.8, no.1, January 1998.
    Bare Facts, a newsletter for BIB Bare Indy Boys, May 1992.
    HIV/AIDS Legal Project Quarterly, v.1, no.1, January 1992.
    International Male, Getaway ‘94.
    ONE Institute and Archives, no.8, Autumn 2001.
    Our World, June, December 1998.
    Out & About, v.7, no.1, January/February 1998.
    Rainbow Connection, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of San Antonio, v.1, no.12, December 1998.
    San Antonio Community News, v.1, no.1, April 16, 1999.
    Separated to the ONE Archives catalog, directory, and program collections:
    Gay to Z: The UK’s Gay Phonebook, June-December 1995.
    Mr. Leather New York 1986: A Benefit for AIDS Resource Center, Artry Foundation, November 1, 1986.
    TLA Video, Gay & Lesbian Film Catalog, Holiday 1996.
    Separated to the ONE Archives button collection:
    ACT UP
    Gay and Lesbian Pride Weekend, New York City, 1990.
    Gay Pride. The Monster.
    Heart Strings. The National Tour.
    Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration on the Circle, Indianapolis, 1990 and 1991.
    Lesbian and Gay Vote 86.
    No More. Enough is Enough.
    Queer in America.
    The Quilt. See It and Understand.
    [Image: American flag with one of the stars replaced by a pink triangle.]
    [Image: Rose beside an unintelligible signature in red.]
    Separated to the ONE Archives pamphlets collection
    Access to the Internet Highway. HIV/AIDS and General Internet Resources. DuPont Pharmaceuticals.
    The Future of HIV Treatment: For People HIV and their Caregivers. Community Prescription Service.
    Separated to the ONE Archives subject files
    PlAAnet RSVP materials
    Putnam financial materials
    Separated to the ONE Archives ephemera collection
    Rubberstuffers, condom and lube.


    The collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series 1. Photographs and papers, 1975-1997 (donated 2001)
    Series 2. T-shirts and artifacts, 1971-1996 (donated 2001)
    Series 3. Photographs and papers, 1955-2007 (donated 2009)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay couples -- United States
    Gay men.
    Gay community--Photographs
    Evans, Eric Scott
    Jerome, Maxwell (Jerome Maxwell Strum)
    Evans, Eric Scott
    Jerome, Maxwell (Jerome Maxwell Strum)
    Gay Cable Network
    Evans, Eric Scott
    Jerome, Maxwell (Jerome Maxwell Strum)