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Charlotte Royals Rugby Club memorabilia and uniforms

Identifier: MS0528

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 1 linear foot of uniforms, ball, memorabilia, and ephemera.


  • Creation: 2000-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Charlotte Royals were founded in 2004 by a group of men who felt that the community lacked a gay rugby team. The team formed after members were invited to watch a scrimmage between the Atlanta Bucks and the Raleigh Kodiaks, and believed that this could happen in the Queen City. Rugby was not very popular and widely known in the South, however, the members saw that the gay community was embracing the sport and decided to form the team. The team at that time was small but determined. They learned the basics by joining practices with the Charlotte Mayhem and the Raleigh Kodiaks. From there, they gained local support and after a few years the local gay community was showing more interest in the sport of rugby.

Today, they have over 20 players and a growing auxiliary membership (supporters closely affiliated with the team that pay dues) along with countless supporters from around the country.

As a non-profit organization (501c3), the Charlotte Royals are affiliated with both the North Carolina Rugby Union (NCRU) and International Gay Rugby (IGR).

Source: Charlotte Royals Rugby, About -


1 Linear Feet (1 records carton)

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The Charlotte Royals were founded in 2004. Today, they have over 20 players and a growing auxiliary membership along with supporters from around the country. Collection includes 1 linear foot of uniforms, ball, memorabilia, and ephemera.


The collection is arranged into the following two series: Memorabilia and Uniforms.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Charlotte Royals Rugby Club (via Ben J. Smith) in 2014.


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



Charlotte Royals Rugby Club Memorabilia and Uniforms
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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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