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Josh Burford papers concerning the Charlotte LGBTQ+ Community

Identifier: MS0556

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials related to the Charlotte LGBTQ+ community, including Burford's work with the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive and his personal research.


  • Creation: 1956 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The colleciton is are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical Note

Josh Burford is a native of Alabama. He attended The University of Alabama for his undergraduate degrees in English and History. Josh finished his Master’s degrees in 2006 with an MA in American Studies (with a concentration in LGBT history of the late 20th century), he also received a Masters in Library and Information Studies. His specialties include working with communities of color, diversity education, student development, and the creation of archives for the preservation of community history. A historian and archivist by training, Josh is passionate about education and advocacy for Queer Youth and the preservation and documentation of Southern Queer History.

In 2013 Josh, in collaboration with J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, founded the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Community Archive of Charlotte.


1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 small flat box)

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Josh Burford is best known for his work to preserve and make accessible the Queer history of the American South through the development of archival collections and oral histories. The bulk of the collection relates to the establishment and collecting efforts of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive, as well as research into the history of Charlotte's LGBTQ community.


The collection is arranged into the following five series: UNC Charlotte and Multicultural Resource Center, King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive, Charlotte Queer Oral History Project, Subject and research files and Publications and news clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Josh Burford, 2018.

Oral History Interviews

There are four oral history interviews with Joshua Burford available in the Charlotte LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection


Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.

Processing Information

Collection processed, April 2018, Pablo Best and Nikki Lynn Thomas

Josh Burford papers concerning the Charlotte LGBTQ+ Community
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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