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Jack Strouss and William Devaux Wilson papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS1093

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal correspondence from William "Bill" Devaux Wilson to Jack Strouss, sent mostly from California. In his letters, Wilson discusses their romantic relationship and his life in California. Of particular note is a letter stamped Oct. 11, 1954, in which Bill encourges Jack to marry and have children while still maintaining their relationship. The collection also contains poems and stories written by Wilson.


  • 1952-1955, undated


Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Jack Strouss (1923- ), born in Atlanta, Georgia, attended Boys High School. He joined the Signal Corps during World War II. After the war, he attended Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University, then worked for the Treasury Department and the U.S. Civil Service Commission. He lost his position in 1950 because of his homosexuality. About that time he met and started dating William Devaux Wilson, and began his 27 year career in theater and film. He volunteered during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s at the AID Ministry and AID Atlanta. William "Bill" Devaux Wilson (1931-2000) was born in Sumter, Georgia. He lived in Augusta, Georgia and worked at his family's mobile home retail business until the family moved to Dallas, Texas in 1953. He later moved to California and became an assistant manager at the Warner Brothers Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, working on popular Hollywood movies including White Christmas, The Country Girl, Not as a Stranger, and Strategic Air Command. In 1955, Wilson began working as an assistant at the Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles, California.


0.21 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2006 with subsequent additions

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Interview with Jack Strouss is available at

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2016.



Jack Strouss and William Deveaux Wilson papers
Shay Meredith
June 2016
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305