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North Star Gay Rodeo Association and International Gay Rodeo Association Records

Identifier: Tretter-237

Scope and Content

The North Star Gay Rodeo Association records include newsletters; flyers; brochures; member documents; bylaws; financial records and reports; documents related to membership for the International Gay Rodeo Association; documents from rodeo conventions; and packets, brochures, and schedules from other International Gay Rodeo Association members.


  • Creation: 1989-2004, undated


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).

Historical Note

The North Star Gay Rodeo Association was founded by Frank Bohlander, Jim Chalgren, Bob Jansen, Don Olson and John Ritter late in 1989. Early in 1990 the North Star Gay Rodeo Association became a member of the International Gay Rodeo Association, joining several other national gay rodeo associations. In 1990 the North Star Gay Rodeo grew from 5 to 75 people from Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 1992 the International Gay Rodeo Association Convention was held in the Twin Cities. The North Star Regional Rodeos were held annually from 1993-1998. The North Star Gay Rodeo Association has partnered with the Borderline Dance Troupe and the Twin Cities Pride Committee since 1993.


3 boxes (0.84 linear feet) ; Three Hollinger boxes; one full-size at 0.42 linear feet, two half-size at 0.21 linear feet.


The North Star Gay Rodeo Association records include the administrative records and resource documents used by the North Star Gay Rodeo Association organization and their membership with the International Gay Rodeo Association.


This collection has been maintained in its original order and is listed by folder title.

Related Materials

Jansen - Robert (Bob) Jansen Papers, 1953-2012

Chalgren - James (Jim) Eric Chalgren Papers, 1972-2002

Twin Cities Pride, 1973-2014

Processing Information

The North Star Gay Rodeo Association records were initially 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. A second accession was later processed by Myra Billund-Phibbs in 2019.

North Star Gay Rodeo Association records, 1989-2004
Jennifer Shaw; Myra Billund-Phibbs
February 2015 and March 2019
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Language of description
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Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area