Gus J. Grisson papers, 1938-1945

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grisson, Gus J.
Title: Gus J. Grisson papers, 1938-1945
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 988
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Gus Grisson, an African American soldier who served during World War II.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 2000.


[after identification of item(s)], Gus J. Grisson papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Elizabeth Russey, June 22, 2004.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Gus J. Grisson was an African American soldier who served during World War II at Fort Warren, Wyoming. He was born in 1924 to Essie Grisson, and was raised in Hampton, Georgia. He had at least one sister Rosa Lee, who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Grisson's military service records, he joined the United States Army as a private November 19, 1943. At the time of his enlistment he had only a grammar school education and was unmarried.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers of Gus Grisson from 1945. The papers include correspondence written to Grisson from his mother Essie Grisson and his sister Rosa Lee discussing the health and well-being of the family and other personal news. A post card addressed to Essie Grisson from her pastor concerning her Sunday School class is included among the correspondence. Additional materials in this collection are an undated and unidentified photograph of an African American man, possibly from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, and a premium receipt book from the Metropolitan Life Insurance company dated from 1938-1944 and probably unrelated to the Grisson family.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, September 1945-December 1945
1 2 Correspondence, Emma Grisson, 1945
1 3 Photograph, unidentified, undated
1 4 Premium receipt book, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1938-1944