Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection

3 photos. Photo 1 of Tretter Collection's traveling exhibit. Photo 2 of Tretter Collection logo. Photo 3 of two Tretter Collection employees

The Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies houses over 30,000 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 to current editions of LGBTQIA 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 The collection includes unpublished manuscripts, vertical files, and periodicals from all over the world.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 collection also includes 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.

Learn more about this rare and important collection.


The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life has collaborated with The Tretter Collection on several initiatives, including:

  • Tretter Collection Board - Members of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life & GWSS serve on the Board of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, a historical archive of GLBT activism, community involvement, decades of periodical, international information, tons of GLBT pride paraphernalia, and a wealth of research articles, journals, and sources that are proven to turn any undergrad or graduate student's research paper into an instant A+.

  • Twin Cities Pride Festival - The Loring Park Pavilion has now been renamed the Jean Nickolaus Tretter History Pavilion, honoring the legacy of Jean Nickolaus Tretter and his incredible international archive of GLBT history.


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