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Robert (Bob) Jansen Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Tretter-243

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents from Bob Jansen’s involvement in GLBT organizations, photographs, publications, artifacts from the Main Club and other GLBT organizations. The collection also contains correspondence from Bob Jansen’s brother Jerry, GLBT organizations, and pen pals and other fetish enthusiasts.

A number of publications have been separated from the collection and incorporated into complete periodical runs within the Tretter catalogue. These publications include the Bay Area Reporter, Bay Times, The Flagship, Frontiers, Spectrum,and Tom's Men in Boots Club International.


  • 1953-2014, undated


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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

Robert (Bob) Jansen is an active member of the GLBT community in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota and the owner of a gay bar called the Main Club in Superior, Wisconsin. Jansen was a Theater teacher at the College of St. Scholastica but was fired when the school discovered he was gay. In 1982, Jansen sued the school for discrimination and won. He used the money he received to open the Main Club in 1983, one of the first gay bars in the area and a hub for regional GLBT events. Jansen was involved in organizing the Duluth-Superior Gay Pride, which began in 1985, and a leader in the Duluth-Superior gay community. He is also a co-founder of the North Star Gay Rodeo Association, the founder of the Greater North AIDS Project, and a co-founder of the Duluth Preservation Alliance. Jansen served on the Duluth Human Rights Commission and worked to create awareness and sensitivity to queer issues with the Duluth and Superior Police Departments. In 2005, Jansen was honored as Grand Marshal in Duluth-Superior Pride, and the 1996 Honorary Grand Marshal in Twin Cities Pride.

Jansen is originally from St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. His brother, Jerry, is also active in the San Francisco GLBT community. Jerry Jansen is one of the founders of the Committee to Preserve Our Sexual and Civil Liberties (CPOSCL) which was organized in 1984 to fight the closure of gay bathhouses and private sex establishments. Jerry was the treasurer and editor of their newsletter "The Journal of Sexual Liberty" and is heavily represented in the collection through his extensive correspondence with his brother.


41 Linear Feet (41 boxes)


The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Robert (Bob) Jansen from 1953-2014.


The Robert (Bob) Jansen papers are arranged across four series and multiple sub-series:

Series 1: Correspondence, undated, 1965-2014

  1. Correspondence from Jerry Jansen, 1983-2014
  2. Correspondence from Organizations, 1984-2014
  3. Personal Correspondence, undated, 1965-2014

Series 2: Publications, undated, 1978-2014

Series 3: Personal, undated, 1953-2014

  1. Photographs, undated, 1953-1968
  2. Personal Advocacy, undated, 1981-2014
  3. T-shirts, Event Memorabilia, and Posters, undated, 1983-2014

Series 4: Main Club, undated, 1984-2014

  1. Artifacts, undated, 2000-2012
  2. Documents, 1984-2014

Source of acquisition

This collection is the gift of Robert (Bob) Jansen.

Related Materials

Jerry Jansen Papers at the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco, California

Bay Area Reporter

Bay Times

The Flagship Newsletter


James (Jim) Eric Chalgren Papers, 1972-2002


Tom’s Men in Boots Club International

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Heather Dahlgren and Susan Hoffman in 2013, and Teresa Tjepkes, Andrea Hoff, Jennifer Shaw, and Tyler Gardner in 2014. Most recent processing efforts have been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Robert (Bob) Jansen Papers, 1953-2014
Heather Dahlgren, Susan Hoffman, and Jennifer Shaw
2013, August 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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