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Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) Records

Identifier: Tretter-268

Scope and Contents

These records document the history and work of Minnesota Men of Color. The collection includes publications such as magazines and newspapers, brochures, textual resources, reports, and articles on HIV/AIDS/STD statistics, treatments, prevention, GLBT communities, and communities of people of color. It also includes artifacts, photographs, digital, and AV materials. The Minnesota Men of Color organization records include board relations, internal affairs, legal documents, HR/employee documents, financial and fundraising documents, collaborations with other organizations, and records of the Minnnesota Men of Color's involvement in projects and programs. The collection also includes material relevant to the trans community in the HR/Employee and Programs and Projects series.


  • Creation: 1998 - 2003

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) was founded in 1998 by Nicholas Metcalf (also known by the name Cetanzi, meaning "Yellow Hawk"). Metcalf is a Souix two-spirit activist who was born and raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in North Dakota. After moving to Minnesota and working with the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Metcalf recognized the need for support for LGBT people of color, specifically in relation to HIV/AIDS care and awareness. In 1997, they connected with other LGBT people of color in Minnesota and began to brainstorm an organization which would better serve the needs of people of color in the community. Other active members included Edd Lee, Roxanne Anderson, Dennis Anderson, Brandon Lacy Campos, Lupe Castillo, and Roderic Southall.

The organization was founded to “serve the Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino and Native American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) population in the state of Minnesota.” MMC focused primarily on providing HIV and AIDS services, although they also hosted social events and promoted discussion of racial justice in the LGBT community at large. The organization ran several programs independently but cooperated with other organizations, such as the Minnesota Department of Health, the National Latino/a Lesbian And Gay Organization (LLEGÓ), and the Minnesota American Indian AIDS Task Force (MAIATF). MMC ceased operation in 2003 due to funding issues, but many of its members have since continued to do important work surrounding people of color in LGBT spaces in Minnesota.


28.75 Linear Feet (23 Paige boxes)

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The collection contains administrative records, correspondence, newsletters, reports and articles, educational materials and project and program records created by and concerning the Minnesota Men of Color. MMC promotes awareness and support of HIV/AIDS concerns within the gay men of color communities.

Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) Records
Kristen Datta
November 2022
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area