Aiden Bettine, he/him/his Curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies

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Full position title(s)
Curator of the Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Libraries department
Tretter Collection


Aiden Bettine is an archivist and historian who researches and teaches local history pertaining to race, gender, and sexuality in the Midwest. He specializes in oral history, public history, and community engagement with archives. His community work prioritizes creating generative spaces for LGBTQ people to learn, share, and research our history. Prior to joining Archives and Special Collections as the Curator of the Tretter Collection in August of 2022, Aiden founded the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library, a community archives and lending library in Iowa City, IA. He also served as Community & Student Life Archivist at the University of Iowa. Aiden is a PhD Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies: Public History and Archival Science at the University of Iowa. His dissertation research examines the history of queer community archives founded in the 1970s and 1980s across the United States and the networks that lesbian and gay community archivists and librarians built to facilitate the preservation of LGBTQ history.


Masters of Arts in Library and Information Sciences, University of Iowa, 2020

Masters of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies, DePaul University, 2017

Bachelor of Arts in History and African and Black Diaspora Studies, DePaul University 2015