The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) is committed to collecting, preserving, and making available oral histories of gender transgression, broadly understood through a trans framework.
The first phase of the TTOHP (2015-2018) was led by Andrea Jenkins—who went on to become the first Black transgender woman serving in elected office in the U.S.—and documented the life stories and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people, with a focus on the upper Midwest as well as those who are often excluded from the historical record, specifically trans people of color, undocumented trans people, trans elders, as well as others. These oral histories (numbering 185 in total) are posted online. There is also an online exhibit about Phase 1.
The second phase of the TTOHP (2019-2021) focuses on trans politics, activist movements, and strategy debates. Trans movements for justice demand a fundamental transformation of our society, which compels adherence to racialized gender norms and punishes those who transgress those norms. Trans movements have challenged those norms and the institutions that uphold and enforce them. In addition, trans movements have offered us new language and frameworks for thinking about gender, justice, embodiment, public space, policing, healthcare, solidarity, and queerness. Documenting the debates, organizations, and organizers that constitute this important and transformative force for social change is the goal of the second phase of the TTOHP.
For more information about the project, please contact Myrl Beam, the Oral Historian for Phase 2 of the TTOHP, at email@example.com. Or call the Tretter at 612-624-7526.
Publications about the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project
- Documenting Subjugated Knowledges: Two Trans Oral History Archives (New York City Trans Oral History Project and The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project), by Liam Oliver Lair, The Oral History Review, July 2019
- 5 Questions About: the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project, The Oral History Review, August 2019
- For two years, this VCU professor will travel the U.S. to conduct oral histories of the trans community’s struggle for justice, VCU News, April 10, 2019
- The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project Access Minnesota Television, December, 2017
- Narrating a Transition Continuum Magazine, October 3, 2017
- U of MN's Transgender Oral History Project Releases First Round of Interviews The Column, January 4, 2017
- University Oral History Project Highlights Diversity in Transgender Community St. Paul Pioneer Press, December 16, 2016
- U of M's Transgender Oral History Project Collects One Life Story at a Time MinnPost, December 2, 2016
- Andrea Jenkins Archives LGBTQ Stories for the Ages City Pages, June 24, 2015
- Transgender Pride Minnesota Public Radio, June 12, 2015
- Building An Archive of Transgender History Southwest Journal, May 5, 2015
- Former Minneapolis Council Aide Brings Transgender Issues to the Forefront StarTribune, April 27, 2015
- Trans Advocate Aids U Libraries Minnesota Daily, April 21, 2015
- Pritzker's Foundation Funds Trans Oral History Project Windy City Times, February 22, 2015
- Transgender History Project at the U of M Access Minnesota Radio, February 2015
- Grant Will Help Gather Transgender Experiences Minnesota Daily, October 15, 2014
- U Libraries Receives Major Multi-Year Grant For Transgender Oral History Project Continuum, October 9, 2014
The Transgender Oral History Project is funded in large part by a grant from Tawani Foundation. The project has also received support from a Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation Grant, and from individual donors.
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