Sue Henry papers
Scope and Contents
The papers consist of materials created and collected by Sue Henry as proprietor of the Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore, Charlotte mayoral candidate, and member of a range of social and political organizations. Though particularly focused on gay and lesbian issues, the collection documents Henry's broad-based activism throughout the 1990s and includes numerous newsletters produced by Charlotte-area activist organizations. Materials include printed ephemera, clippings, newsletters, publications, and memorabilia.
- 1992 - 2002
- Henry, Sue L. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Sue Henry Papers 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.
Sue Henry is a gay rights pioneer in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1991, with support of life partner Barbara Parke, she opened the first gay and lesbian bookstore in the city for almost 20 years. In 1995, she ran as a write-in candidate for Charlotte mayor. In April 1997, after a run of Angels in America sparked protests against its gay content, Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners eliminated local arts funding. Activists met in Henry’s bookstore to paint signs for their demonstrations. Rising Moon bookstore closed December 24th, 1997.
2.67 Linear Feet (4 document boxes, 1 records center box)
Sue Henry is a gay rights pioneer in Charlotte, North Carolina. The papers consist of materials created and collected by Sue Henry as proprietor of the Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore, Charlotte mayoral candidate, and member of a range of social and political organizations.
The collection is arranged into the following five series: Rising Moon Books and Beyond, Community Involvement, Photographs and memorabilia, Newsletters and Publications and Assorted. There is also a file entitled "Sue Henry for Mayor Campaign, 1993-2002" that does not belong to any series.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Sue Henry, 2014 February.
Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.
- Charlotte (N.C.) -- Politics and government
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Gay rights -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Gays -- Political activity -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Henry, Sue L.
- Independent bookstores -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Lesbian activists -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Political campaigns -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Printed ephemera
- Rising Moon Books & Beyond (Charlotte, N.C.)
- Sue Henry Papers
- 2014 August
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