Skip to main content

Linda G. Ketner papers

Identifier: Mss 0216

Collection Overview

The collection consists of the papers of Linda G. Ketner from 1988 to 2013. The papers include political campaign records, professional papers, records relating to the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA). Where possible, original folder titles have been retained. Political campaign records include reference files, operating files, notebooks, objects, and born-digital materials containing opposition research, focus group recordings, advertisements, and photographs relating to Ketner’s 2008 run for United States Congress in District 1 of South Carolina. AFFA records contain articles, working files, strategic planning files, notes, and training materials relating to Ketner’s position as co-founder, board president, and volunteer. AFFA records also contain audiovisual and born-digital materials including files, documentaries, and radio shows and SC Equality (formerly known as South Carolina Equality Coalition or SCEC) files and documentaries. Professional papers include board meeting materials from Ketner’s various positions on the boards of the International African American Museum and the College of Charleston. There are also published articles about Ketner, audiovisual materials including interviews, and born-digital materials including working files and photographs.


  • Creation: 1988-2017


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: Born-digital materials, 2006-2008 subseries; Born-digital materials, 1998-2011 subseries; and Born-digital materials, 1995-2013 subseries. Access is restricted to certain materials in these subseries as indicated. Additionally, some materials are currently unprocessed. Materials are not available in their original format and must be reformatted to digital access copies.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the College of Charleston's archival holdings means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. Special Collections claims only physical ownership of most archival materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical Note

Linda G. Ketner was born to Ralph Wright Ketner (1920-2016) and Ruth Jones Ketner Hope (1926-2018) in Faith, North Carolina, on May 12, 1950. Ketner’s father Ralph co-founded the Food Town (later Food Lion) grocery store in Salisbury, North Carolina. Ketner received a bachelor of the arts degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1972 and a Masters degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Ketner worked as an activist on women’s issues, racial issues, and housing issues, and was involved in many different charitable organizations. She was chair of the Coastal Community Foundation, a nonprofit grant funding organization serving the Lowcountry, from 1991 to 1992. In 1998 Ketner co-founded the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) in Charleston, South Carolina, to be a public-facing social justice organization in contrast to private social LGBTQ groups that existed at the time. She served as board president from 1998 to 2004. In 2002 Ketner co-founded SC Equality, then known as the South Carolina Equality Coalition (SCEC). The group advocates for legislative change to benefit LGBTQ people at the state level in South Carolina. In 2008 Ketner ran as the Democratic nominee for United States Congress in District 1 of South Carolina, losing to Republican incumbent Henry Brown. As of 2020, Ketner is the president and CEO of KSI Corporation and lives with her partner Beth Huntley in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.


4.60 linear feet (9 document boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 scrapbook, 55 CDs, 47 DVDs, 12 videocassettes, 8 unprocessed 3.5” floppy disks, 2 unprocessed zip drives, 1 unprocessed 750 GB hard drive, 1 unprocessed USB drive)


The collection consists of the papers of Linda G. Ketner, philanthropist, political candidate, and activist for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights. The papers include reference and operating files and audiovisual and born-digital materials relating to Ketner’s 2008 campaign for South Carolina Congressional District 1. There are also working files and planning materials and audiovisual and born-digital materials relating to Ketner’s volunteer work with nonprofit organizations including the Alliance for Full Acceptance and SC Equality.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Political campaign records, 2000-2010
  2. Alliance for Full Acceptance records, 1996-2017
  3. Professional papers, 1988-2013

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in 2018 by Linda G. Ketner.


Additional accruals are expected.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) records (Mss 0205). Related oral histories include an Interview with Linda Ketner, August 13, 2018 (Mss LGBTQ-OH-012).

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Thayer, July 2020.



Inventory of the Linda G. Ketner Papers, 1988-2017
Processed by: Rebecca Thayer; finding aid created by: Rebecca Thayer
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections
College of Charleston Libraries
66 George Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424
(843) 953-8016
(843) 953-6319 (Fax)