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Abigail Garner papers

Identifier: Tretter: Collection 181
The collection contains correspondence, speeches, manuscripts, book jacket art, news clippings and columns, and reviews, with the bulk of the material focusing on the publication of Families Like Mine. Also of note is a complete run of the column "Families Like Mine" published in Lavender Magazine between 1999 and 2002. Collection dates are 1996-2006.
The collection orignally containted Volume 1 Number 1 2005 Journal of GLBT Family Studies: Innovations in Theory, Research, and Practice, "The Rights of Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals, and Transgender People" by Nan D. Hunter, Courtney G. Joslin, and Sharon M. McGowan, A Provider's Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud Black Pride Survey 2000 by Juan Battle, Cath J. Cohen, Dorian Warren, Gerard Fergerson, and Suzette Audam. These were removed due to reoccurance.


  • 1995-2006


Language of Materials

Collection material 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).


2 box (2 cubic feet)


The collections contains correspondence, manuscripts, book publicity and cover art, notes, speeches, videotapes, news clippings and tee-shirts.

Biographical Sketch or Historical Note

Abigail Garner, author and activist, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1975. Garner’s parents divorced when Garner was five after her father came out as a gay man. Garner’s book, Families Like Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell It Like It Is(2004) focuses on the diverse experiences of children growing up in gay, lesbian and transgendered families. Garner has been active as a board member in gay youth organizations and P- FLAG, and has written news columns on gay and lesbian families and culture. Garner received a BA from Wellesley College and an MA in Public Administration from Hamline University.

Source of acquisition

Collection donated by Abigail Garner in 2010.

Processing Information

Collection processed in June 2012 by Susan Hoffman.
Abigail Garner Papers, 1995-2006
Susan Hoffman
July 2012
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area