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James Michael Lawrence papers, 1962-2013

Identifier: Tretter: Collection 253

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, personal and professional writings, and memorabilia from art openings and galleries featuring Lawrence's work. In addition, the collection contains prints of Lawrence's original work, including decorative, commercial, and political pieces. Although the collection contains some personal documents, the bulk of the materials focus on Lawrence's professional life as digital artist during the 1990s and 2000s.

The original donation also included several books that were separated from the manuscript materials and added to the Tretter Collection's catalog.


  • 1962-2013, 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).

Biographical Sketch

James Michael Lawrence was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1945. He is a self-taught digital artist and creates fine and commercial art. He uses his personal history including loss, addiction and recovery, travel, and his experiences as a gay man as inspiration for many of his works of art. In 1998 James Michael Lawrence meet Peter Michael Wilson and in 2009 they married in Iowa. James Michael Lawrence continues to create art and maintains an active online presence.


2 boxes (2.25 linear feet)


The James Michael Lawrence papers contains photographs, publications, memrobilia, digital media, and the writings of James Michael Lawrence and his husband Peter Michael Wilson. .
James Michael Lawrence Papers, 1962-2013
Heather Dahlgren, Susan Hoffman, and Jennifer Shaw
February 2015
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