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Linda Lawyer papers

Identifier: MS0477

Scope and Contents

The Linda Lawyer writings and memorabilia is a small collection which mainly consists of printed copies of her monthly column, “The Soft Spot,” published in the newspaper Q Notes between 1988 and 1992.


  • Creation: 1988 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Linda Lawyer Writings and Memorabilia 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

Starting in 1988 Linda Lawyer authored a monthly column titled “The Soft Spot,” which was published in the Charlotte based newspaper, Q Notes under the pseudonym Ann Michele. The initial impetus for the column was to redress an imbalance in the content of Q Notes, which had previously been concerned with predominantly gay male issues. “The Soft Spot” combined uplifting and inspirational musings, local political reflections, reviews for local music concerts, promptings for gay rights activism, and a running commentary on emerging local gay and lesbian organizations. In particular Lawyer documented the growth and activities of the Queen City Friends (QCF), a Lesbian organization, whose objective she describes as, “to provide a non-structured, non-threatening social setting for women to meet each other.” (The Soft Spot, January 1988.)


0.81 Linear Feet (1 half size document box, 1 small box.)

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Contains printed copies of Lawyer's monthly column in Q Notes entitled "The Soft Spot" from 1988-1992. Also includes 2 can huggers with the Queen City Friends logo and 4 One Voice Chorus Christmas-themed shot glasses.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into two series: 1, Writings, 1988 January - 1992 November 2, Memorabila, circa 1988, undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linda Lawyer, 2014

Oral History Interviews

There are three oral history interviews with Linda Lawyer available in the Charlotte LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection


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

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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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