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Charles H. Ford Papers, 1958-2016 | Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Charles H. Ford Papers, 1958-2016

ID: 00/MG 103

Primary Creator: Ford, Charles H. (1964-)

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

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.

Date Acquired: 08/15/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: African Americans--History, AIDS Fund, Inc., Gay rights--United States--History--20th century, School integration--Massive resistance movement, Tidewater Aids Crisis Taskforce

Languages: English

Abstract

Dr. Charles Ford is an interim associate dean and history professor at Norfolk State University. His collection includes material on Ford's research on African American history and gay cultural and activist groups, primarily the Tidewater AIDS Community Task Force. 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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

Charles H. Ford was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on January 5, 1964. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, he earned his Masters and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University.  In 1992 he was hired at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, Virginia as an assistant professor of history and in 2003 became the Chair of NSU’s History Department.

During the 1990s, Ford’s research focused on eighteenth century Britain and the Atlantic World and his first monograph, Hannah More:  A Critical Biography, was published in 1996. Later, Ford’s research interests expanded to include the history of slavery, school desegregation and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered issues. Ford’s involvement in the community echoed his research interests and Ford was an active participant at community events, particularly those related to the 50th anniversary of the end of Massive Resistance.

His interests in the gay community’s issues were combined with Ford’s community service, including his work with the Tidewater AIDS Community Taskforce (TACT).  Since 1994, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of TACT in multiple capacities.  As of 2010, he was still involved in this organization and, having received tenure in 2007, was named an interim associate dean at NSU.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans--History
AIDS Fund, Inc.
Gay rights--United States--History--20th century
School integration--Massive resistance movement
Tidewater Aids Crisis Taskforce

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Additional accessions made in 2009 and 2010.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

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 Source: Dr. Charles Ford

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #2008-19

Preferred Citation: [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.


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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.
Box 2
Folder 2: The AIDS Fund, 1983-2012
Folder 3: Gay Cultural Studies, 1998-2012
Folder 4: Network VA and Social Activities, 2004-2011
Folder 5: TACT Education Reports, July 2008-October 2009
Folder 6: TACT Financial Records, March 2007-December 2009
Folder 7: TACT Meeting Minutes, July 2007-July 2011
Folder 8: Reports to Executive Director, August 2008-October 2009
Folder 9: TACT Various Materials, 2000-2010
Folder 10: Equality Virginia Materials, 2010-2013
Folder 11: LGBT Hampton Roads, 2016

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