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March 26, 2015
8:30am - 7:00pm

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

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The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies houses over 100,000 items in a wide variety of media. The collection is international in scope and has materials in approximately 58 languages. It covers all time periods, from a 4,000-year-old phallic statuette from Egypt, up to current editions of GLBT periodicals. Although books are the core of the collection, substantial sections include textiles, glassware, film, music, art works, and three-dimensional objects such as event buttons and furniture. The collection includes unpublished manuscripts, vertical files, and periodicals from all over the world. Among the significant archival holdings are the Jim Chalgren Collection, the personal papers of Professor Toni McNaron, Patrick Scully, Dallas S. Drake, Stuart Ferguson, and Tobias Schneebaum. The archives of the National Log Cabin Republicans, National Education Association GLBT Caucus, the Lesbian Review of Books Archive, Gay/Lesbian Postal Employees Network (PEN) Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Paper Eagles--the employee group of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Ramsey County GLBT Employees Network, and the archives of the Twin Cities-GLBT Pride Committee.


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Charles Rowland interview with Jean Nickolaus Tretter


Albrecht - Lisa Albrecht Papers, 1969-2004
Alphabet Soup Records, 2006-2008
Amazon Bookstore Corporate Records, 1970-2012
American Uniform Association Records, 1987-1994
Azora-Minda - Catherine Azora-Minda Audio Tapes, 1981-2002
Barr - James Barr Interview
Berman - Sanford Berman Papers, 1985-2014
Bisexual Organizing Project Records, 1988-2009
Bolerium Books Records, 2000-2003
Borich - Barrie Jean Borich Papers, 1963-2013
Boulton and Park Society Publications, 1987-1999
Butcher - Greg Butcher Manuscript, 1986
Calliope Women's Chorus Records, 1975-2013
Carpenter - Dale Carpenter Papers, 1989-1999
Chalgren - James (Jim) Eric Chalgren Papers, 1972-2002
Church of Symmetrical Pointlessness Papers, 1971
City of Lakes Crossgender Community Records (CLCC), 1986-2005
Conterio - William Conterio Correspondence, 1987-1993
Cramer - James McCall "Shamey" Cramer Papers, 1982-2014
Cruikshank - Margaret Cruikshank Papers, 1970s-1997
Degroot - Ann Degroot Papers, 1970s-2000
Dibble - D. Scott Dibble Papers, 1965-2004
District 202 Records, 1994-2007
Dose - Ralf Dose Papers, 2001-2002
Drake - Dallas Drake Papers, 1989-1992
DSI Obscenity Trial Records, 1958-2010
Duluth/Superior Pride Records, 1994-1995
Eddy - Andrew Eddy Papers, 1980-2014
Endean - Steve Endean Papers, 1970-2006
"Faces of Tretter" Event Records, 2007-2009
Fearing - Scott Fearing Papers, circa 1950-2010
Flat Files - Tretter Collection Flat Files, 1920-2012
Garner - Abigail Garner Papers, 1995-2006
Gay House Records, 1971-1975
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (Allies) Program Office Records, 1978-2012
Gay Married Men's Association Records, 1989-1992
Gittings - Barbara Gittings Papers, 1967-2006
Goodman - Douglas Dean Goodman Papers, 1901-2006
Goodtimes Softball - Twin Cities Goodtimes Softball League Records, 1977-2006
Gordon - Jay Gordon (formerly Jay Huber) Papers, 1995-2013
Governor's Task Force on Gay and Lesbian Minnesotans Report, 1990-1995
Gries - Max Gries Papers, 1993-2007
Halfhill - Inventory of the Robert Halfhill papers, 1958-2005
Harriet Tubman Women's Shelter Records, 1976-1977
Harris - Ronald A. Harris Papers, 1987-1994
Hayden - Loring Hayden Papers, 1940s-1990s
"Homo Heights" Production (1997 movie)
IDS Diversity Network Records, 1992-1994
Imperial Sovereign Court of the Ice Castle Records, 1994-2001
Information Files, Tretter Collection,1938-2008
Isbin - Neil Isbin Papers, 1982-1996
"It's Time Minnesota" Organizational Records, 1993-1994
Jansen - Robert (Bob) Jansen Papers, 1953-2012
Johnson - Robert F. Johnson Papers, 1945-2007
Kepner - Jim Kepner Papers, 1987-1997
Kon - Igor Kon Manuscripts, 1993, 2002
Lam - Richard Lam Manuscripts
Lawrence - James Michael Lawrence Papers, 1970s-2009
Leddick - David Leddick Papers, circa 1950-2006
Lee - Philip Lee Papers, 1978-1980
Lesbian and Gay Bands of America Records, 1971-2007
Lesbian Experience Manuscripts, 1970-1971
Lesbian Feminist Organizing Committee (LFOC) Records, 1975-1982
Lesbian Resource Center Records, 1979-1980
Lesbian Review of Books Records, 1991-2002
Lewellan - Gail Lewellan Papers, 1978, 1989-1998
Log Cabin Republican Records, 1985-2012
Lundoff - Catherine Lundoff Manuscripts, 2011-2013
"Man2Man," "Among Men" Records, 1992-2012
Manahan - Nancy Manahan Papers, 1920, 1947, 1953, 1967-2012
March on Washington Collection, 1979-2000
Matthesen - Elise Matthesen Papers, 1992-1996
Mattson - Ron Mattson Papers, 1973-1999
McConnell - Michael McConnell Files, 1965-2014
McNaron - Toni McNaron Papers, 1950-2008
Migliorino - Paul Migliorino Papers 1973-2006
Minnesota AIDS Project Records, 1983-2005
Minnesota Civil Liberties Union GLBT Collection, 1973-1992
Minnesota Gay and Lesbian Legal Assistance (MNGALLA) Records, 1984-86
Minnesota Government Engineers Council (MGEC) Lawsuit Records, 2001-2004
Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) Records, 1997-2003
Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra Papers, 1992-2013
Minnesotans United for All Families Records, 2012
Moore - Michael K. Moore Manuscripts, 2004
Moses - Ken Moses Papers, 1950-2015
Nabozny - Jamie Nabozny Papers, 1987-1997
NAMES Project Records (AIDS Quilt), 1987-1992
Network for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Concerns in Occupational Therapy Records, 1992-2005
Nolte - Charles M. Nolte Papers, 1907-2010
Out And About Theatre Records, 1930-1986
OutFront Minnesota Records, 1990-1995
Paper Eagles Records (StarTribune), 1991-2002,
Perrier - Ronald Perrier Papers, 1972-2010
Peterson - Gary Peterson Papers, 1987-2004
Philanthrofund Foundation Records, 1990-2004
Picano - Felice Picano Correspondence, 2003-2004
"Project 515 Records 2006-2013
QSCC Queer Student Cultural Center, University of Minnesota, 1969-2009
Ricchiazzi - Frank Ricchiazzi Papers, 1977-2008
Schneebaum - Tobias Schneebaum Papers, 1950-2003
Schwules Museum, 1948-2004, undated
Scully - Patrick Scully Papers, 1913-2010
Select Committee for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, University of Minnesota Records, 1992-1995
Shamin - Ankha Shamin Papers, 1950-2012
Sioux Empire Gay and Lesbian Coalition Records, 2001-2004
Spear - Senator Allan Spear Papers, 1937-2010
Sri Lanka GLBTIQ Movement Records, 2001-2005
Stenson - Linnea Stenson Papers, 1983-1998
Swan - Wally Swan Papers, 1971-2007
Transgender Resource Guide, 1923-2014
Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus (TCGMC) Records, 1981-2006
Twin Cities Pride, 1973-2014
Two-Spirit Papers, 1937-2007
Ward - Joseph (Joe) Ward Papers, 2000-2007
Warhol - Andy Warhol Collection, 1994-1997
Wells - Harold Wells Papers, 1957-2002
Wilde Roast Cafe Records, 2003-2012
Woman's Coffeehouse Collective Records, 1975-1988
Womyn's Braille Press Papers, 1989-1996
Yoakam - John R. Yoakam Papers, 1947-2010
Zemsky - Beth Zemsky Papers, 1974-2014


Focus Point Newspaper, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1994 - 2000) - online in Minnesota Reflections, Quatrefoil Library
GLC Voice Newspaper, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1979 - 1992) - online in Minnesota Reflections, Quatrefoil Library
Partial Index of GLC Voice Newspaper
SAA LAGAR list of Lavender Legacies - a list of resources around the United States
ONE Archive Digital Audio
Digital Access to "The Empty Closet" (1971-2011) New York
"The Transgender Archive - Foundations for the Future" by Aaron Devor, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria


U of M Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office
Quatrefoil Library
Equal Ground Archives With the Tretter Collection
LGBTQ Dissertations and Theses List by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender History

Pride Links: Regional

Duluth / Superior Pride
Fargo-Moorhead Pride
Motor City Pride
Rochester PrideFest
Twin Cities Pride

Links: State / Nation / World

Lavender Magazine
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
Mazer Lesbian Archives
GLBT Historical Society
Lesbian Herstory Archives
Transgender Archives
James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Quatrefoil Library
Gerber/Hart Library and Archives
Stonewall National Museum and Archives
Transgender Archives, University of Victoria
The "Trans+Gender" Project
Dallas Denny's Home Page
ACTUP Oral History Project
AIDS Education Posters Collection
Schwules Museum
The Magnus Hirschfeld Gesellschaft
Internationaal Homo/Lesbisch Informatiecentrum en Archief
The International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network
Gayellow Pages
Wearing Gay History