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Chicago Gay Life Publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Tretter-44

Scope and Contents

To view a full listing of the Tretter Collection's holdings, please visit the UMN Library's Catalog record here: Chicago Gay Life, Tretter Holdings


  • Creation: 1975 - 1986

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

Chicago Gay Life (also known simply as Gay Life) was started in 1975 by Grant L. Ford. It was Chicago's first regularly published gay newspaper and ran until 1986. Chuck Renslow, cofounder of the International Mr. Leather competition, assumed ownership of the newspaper in 1978 while Ford took leave to run for City Council, hoping to represent Chicago's 44th Ward.


5 Linear Feet (4 Paige boxes)

Language of Materials



This record represents the run of Chicago Gay Life held in the Tretter Collection. It is not a complete run but contains issues from across the whole span of the newspaper's publishing years.

Chicago Gay Life Publications
Kristen Datta
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Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area