The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project is part of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Transgender voices and experiences are often missing in contemporary documentation and the historic record. The goal of this Project is to empower individuals to tell their story, while providing students, historians, and the public with a richer foundation of primary source material about the Transgender community. Materials are housed within the Tretter Collection.
Phase 1 of this Project (2015-2018) focused on documenting the experience of transgender and gender queer people in the Upper Midwest. Oral Historian Andrea Jenkins conducted 200 interviews covering identity, family, love and experiences. These oral histories are posted online. There is also an online exhibit about Phase 1.
Phase 2 of the Project (late 2018-2020) will shift focus. Given the focus on transgender issues, both locally and nationally, Phase 2 will examine community organizing, policy development and political activism around the country.
For more information about the project, please contact the Tretter Collection at 612-624-7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Coverage: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. We have also received a Community Innovation Grant from Headwaters Foundation for Justice and generous support from individuals in the community.