UNCC student volunteer Jacob, archivist Dawn Schmitz and Community Archive organizer Joshua Burford collect documents from the QNotes and The Front Page archives.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Representing more than 40 years of community history, QNotes on Wednesday donated its entire archive and other materials to the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s new LGBTQ Community Archive.

The donation was collected by archive organizer Joshua Burford and Dawn Schmitz, digital programs archivist for special collections at UNCC’s J. Murray Atkins Library.

A total of 10 boxes and two large plastic tubs were donated, including nearly 30 years of QNotes print editions volumes 1 through 29, as well as volumes 1 through 27 of The Front Page, a Raleigh-based LGBT newspaper founded in 1979 with which QNotes merged in 2006. Other materials included a full archive of Blue Nights, an adult-oriented gay publication produced by Pride Publishing & Typesetting, QNotes’ parent company, from October 1992-March 2000.

Burford believes the donation from QNotes and The Front Page represents the most complete LGBT community newspaper archive in North Carolina. The donation, he said, is the single-largest contribution to the Charlotte LGBTQ Community Archive since its launch in 2013 in advance of LGBT history timelines and other exhibits displayed at the Levine Museum of the New South last year.

Pride Publishing & Typesetting also plans to donate several other items in its collections, including the full run of “Q-Notes” in its newsletter form (1983-1986), several issues of Charlotte Free Press (1975-1979) and other miscellaneous Charlotte publications.

Future volumes of QNotes will be donated to the community archive yearly.

Burford and QNotes hope the donations will also be digitized and made available for public browsing and research.

QNotes was founded in June 1986 as a monthly print newspaper. Previously, the name was used 1983-1986 for the monthly newsletter of Queen City Quordinators, a local LGBT non-profit. QNotes is one of the oldest, continuously published LGBT community newspapers on the East Coast and the oldest in the Carolinas.

The Front Page was founded in 1979 and ceased publication when it merged with QNotes in 2006.

Pride Publishing & Typesetting owner and QNotes publisher Jim Yarbrough signs a deed of gift as archivist Dawn Schmitz and UNCC student Jacob look on.
Pride Publishing & Typesetting owner and QNotes publisher Jim Yarbrough signs a deed of gift as archivist Dawn Schmitz and UNCC student Jacob look on.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

3 replies on “QNotes donates nearly 30-year archive, other materials to LGBT archive at UNC-Charlotte”

  1. You can be sure Don King is smiling down on QNotes today. Good stuff. As a UNCC alumni, thank you!

  2. I remember Queen CIty Quordinators! Charlotte NOW (National Organization for Women) used to share political candidate responses to our candidate surveys (including LGBT issues) with QCQ. So glad this history is being preserved!

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