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Joshua Dunn Papers

Identifier: Tretter-536

Content Description

Two Spirit materials, mostly related to the indigenous community in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Many documents from the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirit group. Most materials are from around 2004.


  • 1999 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Biographical / Historical

The Bay Area American Indian Two Spiritsis a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Native Americans, their families and friends. Two-Spirit refers to the commonly shared notion among many Native American tribes that some individuals naturally possessed and manifested both a masculine and feminine spiritual qualities. American society commonly identifies Two-Spirit People as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender.

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits comes together to socialize, share and network in an alcohol and drug-free environment. BAAITS sees itself as an organization for Two-Spirit people to explore their rich heritage in a safe environment. To that end, BAAITS is committed to offering culturally relevant activities for LGBT individuals of Native American ancestry and their families and friends.

Joshua Aidan Dunn is an Osage Two-Spirit activist, known for his work as executive director of Youth Gender Project/Youth TIES and a member of Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS). He also has materials housed at theGLBT Historical Society through the Online Archive of California.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Box)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is a gift of Joshua Dunn.

Related Materials

Two Spirit Papers 1937-2013, undated

Condition Description

Good condition.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jemma Kloss in AUgust 2022.

Joshua Dunn Papers
Jemma Kloss
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Collecting Area Details

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