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LGBT Community Center of Charlotte records

Identifier: MS0498

Scope and Contents

Includes financial records, articles of incorporation, board of trustees and executive committee meeting minutes, photographic prints, digital photographs on cd, 1994 Lesbian and Gay Pride poster, plaques, letter from Gov. Bev Purdue, One Voice Chorus CDs, ephemera, large newsprint program from the Grand Opening (2003), and other materials.


  • Creation: 1994 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte records 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.

Historical Note

The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte seeks to promote diversity, acceptance, and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programming and events, and by providing an inclusive, welcoming, and affordable environment for all.

Work on the LGBT Community Center began in April 1999 with a community study committee. Funding was provided by OutCharlotte and allowed the hiring of Grassroots Leadership to conduct community forums and a survey. In 2000, a planning committee was formed and worked on a strategic plan. In January 2001 a new 501(c)3 not for profit organization was formed under the name "The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte." The first Board of Trustees filed all the legal paperwork and began applying for grants, raising funds through annual memberships and starting monthly programs. A virtual community center was also created at that time and is known today as In May 2002, White Rabbit Books & Things called The Board to say they were moving and had additional space for rent. The Board launched an intensive fundraising campaign, and on October 15 construction began on the first LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. The Center Officially opened on Febuary 1, 2003. Many dedicated volunteers have worked on this project since April 1999, and over 400 people participated in town meetings and disussions in 1999 and 2000. It was their expression of enthusiaism that kept each committee working toward the goal of having a permanent Center. The Center was first located for five years on Central Avenue. In early 2008, The Center relocated to a location at the NC Music Factory in Fourth Ward of Uptown Charlotte. In January of 2013, The Center relocated to NoDa, but closed in December 2014.

Source: "About the Center," LGBT Community Center Charlotte (Website), accessed 2015 September 17,!aboutus/cqn6


4 Linear Feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte was established in 2001 to promote diversity, acceptance, and visibility of the LGBT community through original and collaborative programing and events. The collection includes minutes and agendas, invoices and budget information, a 501(c)(3) application, event booklets and pictures.


The collection is arranged into the following seven series: Administrative, Minutes and Agendas, Finances, Events, Photographs, Newsletters (2005, 2009-2012) and Assorted.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Nate Turner in 2015.


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

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Christine Marolda, student assistant, 2015 and Raymond Gallo, archival volunteer, 2017.

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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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