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Billy Jones papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1106

Scope and Content

This collection contains magazine and news clippings collected by Mr. Jones that relate to Atlanta's gay clubs, performers, and members of the LGBTQ community. Some clippings more directly reflect Jones's participation in the community, including his judging of drag pageants. The collection also contains correspondence, personal documents, and travel brochures created and collected by Jones.


  • 1928-2003, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1975 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Billy Jones (?-2003) was an entertainer in Atlanta in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. He was born in Griffin, Georgia and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1920s. Later, he served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, then worked as a well-known window dresser for the Franklin Simon department store for thirty years. Starting in 1961, Jones became one of the first female impersonators in Atlanta; he performed under the pseudonyms Phyllis Killer and Shirley Temple Jones at bars such as Club Centaur and The Joy Lounge. He became a central figure in Atlanta's LGBTQ community. Known as "Atlanta's Still Living Legend," he judged various drag competitions and hosted the Phyllis Killer Oscar Awards from 1968 to 1985.


4.09 linear ft. (five document cases, one oversize box, one oversize folder, 1 flat file)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2003, with subsequent additions.

Related Archival Materials

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

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2017.


Billy Jones papers
Hannah Givens
January 2017
Description rules
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

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

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305