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BLACKlines (Chicago, IL) Publications

Identifier: Tretter-75

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


  • Creation: 1996 - 2004

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

BLACKlines began publication in 1996 in Chicago, IL. It was published by Lambda Publications, which also published Windy City Times and Outlines. BLACKlines was a monthly newspaper for the Black LGBT community. It came about after Robert Ford, the creator of the zine Thing, passed away and the Chicago community lost its main source of Black LGBT news. Lambda Publications offered to start a new Black LGBT publication and the proposal was agreed to after a vote at the Generator nightclub. BLACKlines continued publication until 2004, when it was merged with En La Vida, Lambda Publication's newspaper for the LGBT Latino community, and the combined publication was renamed Identity. Identity later ceased publication.


.47 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

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This record represents the run of BLACKlines 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.

Black Lines (Chicago, IL) Publications
Kristen Datta
January 2023
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area