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District 202 Records

Identifier: Tretter-168

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains administrative records, such as staff instructions, information for volunteers, annual reports, and bylaws. Photographs and scrapbooks document social events, such as prom and pride, as well as everyday activities from the District. A selection of informational DVDs and VHS tapes and GLBT resources used at the District for teaching and informing youth and volunteers are also included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1991-2007


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

Restrictions on 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.

Restrictions on 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).

Historical Note

District 202 began in 1991 when four youth and four youth workers decided that there needed to be a place where gay and lesbian youth could hang out in a safe environment. The city awarded the group a $20,000 startup grant and in 1992, with the help of volunteers and one part-time employee, the center opened for all LGBT youth. In 1997 the District moved to a new location at 1601 Nicollet Avenue. District 202 offered GLBT youth a safe place that allowed them to socialize openly without being victimized. The District offered support groups, held informational sessions on AIDS, safer sex, helped youth with social services and finding housing. Social events including dances and movie nights were also offered to help staff reach out to other local youth.


5.25 Linear Feet


Collection contains meeting minutes, office records, photographs, and memorabilia from District 202


The collection is organized into 6 series:

  1. Audio/ Visual
  2. Marketing and Publicity
  3. Organizational Records
  4. Photographs
  5. Realia
  6. Resources

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Christine Avery, November 2010. Additional processing completed in 2014 has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

District 202 records, 1991-2007
Jennifer Shaw; Myra Billund-Phibbs
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area