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Dallas Drake papers, 1950-2003

Identifier: Tretter: 217

Scope and Content

The Dallas Drake papers include materials used in the production and publishing of the Hot Dish Newsletter, the Tattler Newsletter, and posters and flyers for the ACT UP organization. The collection contains articles and clippings on issues affecting the GLBT community including personal safety, police brutality, gay bashing, and HIV/AIDS. The personal documents include materials related to his career as a firefighter, employment by the city of Burnsville, correspondence, documents from Dallas Drake’s involvement in the ACT UP organization, and personal notes and art.


  • 1950-2003


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).

Biographical Sketch

Dallas S. Drake served as a career fireman for 22 years in Burnsville, MN. He became the first openly gay firefighter in the upper Midwest in 1989. In 1999 Drake co-founded the Center for Homicide Research, where he has worked as the Principal Researcher for over 15 years. In 2005 Drake graduated with a B.S. in Sociology: Law, Crime, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota. He continues to teach at the Center for Homicide Research. In June of 2013 Dallas Drake was presented with the Carolyn Rebecca Block Award for his “outstanding contribution to homicide or lethal violence research.”


2 boxes (1.67 linear feet)


The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dallas S. Drake from 1950-2003.

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated to the Tretter Collection by Dallas S. Drake.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Shaw as part of a project financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.
Dallas Drake papers, 1950-2003
Jennifer Shaw
November 2014
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