Charles H. Ford Papers, 1958-2016
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Brief Description:

This collection is comprised of items both created and collected by Dr. Charles Ford.  It provides documentation of Dr. Ford’s roles as a researcher and promoter of the history of the African American community within Hampton Roads.  At the same time, it documents his involvement with gay cultural and activist groups, primarily the Tidewater AIDS Community Task Force. The bulk of the collection is TACT material.

The material in the collection is dated from 1958 to 2016, the majority of which is dated between 2005 and 2010.  These materials include correspondence, brochures, convention booklets, financial records, minutes, reports, promotional materials, a corporation agreement, invitations, cards, DVDs featuring lectures given by Dr. Ford, documents created by organizations, and articles from newspapers and magazines.

Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at]
Record Series Number: 00/MG 103
Created by: Ford, Charles H. (1964-)
Volume: 0.8 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/15/2008. Additional accessions made in 2009 and 2010.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series I: Professional and Civic Involvement. The material in this series pertains to Dr. Ford’s community involvement regarding the African American community and their history and documenting other professional and public affiliations of Dr. Ford.  The researcher can find information on Sister City, the Urban League, Voices from Within the Veil and the 400th celebration of Virginia, Waterways to Freedom exhibit, and material collected from various events featuring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This series contains brochures, conference booklets, correspondence, and event programs dating from March 2005 to 2012.

Series II: Research and Publications.  The material in this series focuses on Dr. Ford’s research of public school desegregation in Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area. This series features correspondence, brochures, lecture notes, information about his books, and promotional material related to publications and lectures recorded on DVD about desegregation and Massive Resistance in the Hampton Roads area. Material dates from the 1950s to 2012.

Series III: Tidewater AIDS Community Task Force and Gay Activism.  This series documents political and cultural groups in the gay community in Hampton Roads. Items collected related to TACT, the AIDS Fund, Inc., Network VA, Gay Men’s Book Club, and the Old Dominion University Gay Cultural Studies Program. It includes minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, promotional material, the AIDS Fund, Inc.’s corporation agreement, articles, and bulletins dating from 1983 to 2016.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
African Americans--History
AIDS Fund, Inc.
Gay rights--United States--History--20th century
School integration--Massive resistance movement
Tidewater Aids Crisis Taskforce
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Dr. Charles Ford  Gift. Accession #2008-19
PreferredCitation: [Identification of Item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], Dr. Charles Ford Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.