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Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., records

Identifier: MS0504

Scope and Contents

Included are materials generated by Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc., of Charlotte, publisher of QNotes, one of the oldest, continuously published LGBT community newspapers on the East Coast and the oldest in the Carolinas.

Publications have been separated and are cataloged by title.

Original donation included publications of Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc., of Charlotte, publisher of QNotes, one of the oldest, continuously published LGBT community newspapers on the East Coast and the oldest in the Carolinas. Included are QNotes print editions volumes 1 through 29. This is believed to include every issue. Also included are volumes 1 through 27 of The Front Page, a Raleigh-based LGBT newspaper founded in 1979 with which QNotes merged in 2006. (Many issues of the Front Page are misnumbered. One that is known to be missing is Vol. 23, #1, but there may be a small number of additional missing issues.) Other materials include each issue of Blue Nights, an adult-oriented gay publication published from October 1992-March 2000.


  • Creation: 1979 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc. publications 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

Qnotes is the LGBT arts, entertainment and news publication based in Charlotte, N.C. With a strong and robust presence online at, and a free print circulation distributed every other week, we are the largest and most trusted source of news, politics, opinion, entertainment, art, lifestyle, community events and more for LGBT North Carolinians and South Carolinians.

The focus of qnotes is to serve the LGBT and straight ally communities of the Charlotte region, North Carolina and beyond, by featuring arts, entertainment, news and views content in print and online that directly enlightens, informs and engages the readers about LGBT life and social justice issues.

In 1983, the now defunct Queen City Quordinators started publishing a small, monthly newsletter named "Q-Notes." The newsletter ended its run in 1984, with the close of the non-profit. In 1986, the newsletter was revived, and the publication was reborn as a monthly, print newspaper. The first issue of the revived community news source was published in June 1986, to coincide with National LGBT Pride Month.

In 1989, Jim Yarbrough, the owner of Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., bought the publication and in 1996, qnotes began distributing every other week.

On May 12, 2006, qnotes merged with the Raleigh, N.C.-based The Front Page, another North Carolina LGBT newspaper. The Front Page began publishing in 1979 in Raleigh, N.C., under longtime publisher and editor Jim Baxter.

In April 2008, qnotes revamped its online presence and debuted a new website and content management system at Changes to the website continued gradually until our January 2010 redesign, rebranding and editorial re-direction, in which “Q-Notes” became qnotes. The publication’s new direction calls for more in-depth, future-focused features in its bi-weekly print edition and a far more robust, daily updated website at the new

Jim Yarbrough also owns White Rabbit and has been involved in community organizing and leadership since the 1980s, including several terms as an committee member and co-chair for Pride Charlotte activities from 2006-2008.

Source: "About," QNotes (website), accessed 2015 September 17,


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Contains materials generated by Pride Publishing & Typesetting, Inc. Also includes a hand sewn summer banner for QNotes Summer Breeze Gay Pride Picnic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., 2015.

Separated Materials

Published materials were separated from the manuscript collection and cataloged as serials.

  • Blue Nights
  • Carolina Lesbian News
  • Charlotte Free Press
  • Free Press
  • Q-notes
  • RFD
  • Whatever


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

Pride Publishing and Typesetting, Inc., records
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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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