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Gary Peterson Papers

Identifier: Tretter-281

Scope and Content

The papers consist of newspaper clippings, scripts, articles, reviews, correspondence, and cassette tapes. Most predominantly represented are papers relating to the KFAI "Fresh Fruit" Radio Show, James Sewell Ballet, Zenon Dance Company and Gary P. Peterson's blog, "Minnesota Mist."


  • Creation: 1983-2005


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. Note that some materials in this collection are currently unprocessed; contact curator for access to these materials.

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 Note

Gary Peterson is a Minneapolis dancer, arts administrator and former KFAI radio host of the GLBT program Fresh Fruit. He was born Janurary 12, 1952 in Minneapolis, MN. Peterson grew up and went to school in Minnesota, eventually attending the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Here, he gained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Psychology in 1983. Throughout the 1970's, Gary Peterson became involved in political campaigns of Minnesota, even running for Minneapolis City Council in 1977. From 1978-1981, he served as delegate to the 61st Senatorial District DFL Party. Peterson became very involved in the community serving with organizations such as Lutherans Concerned for Gays and Lesbians, Task Force on Human Sexuality, The Men's Center, Fresh Air Inc. on KFAI Radio, CREATE Inc., Stevens Square/Loring Heights Neighborhood, Dance/USA, Mike Steele Fellowship: Innovations In Performing Arts Criticism and Mike Steel Arts Criticism Scholarship fund, MN State Arts Board, MN Shubert Performing Arts Center, The Performance Lab/Dance Partners, and the Jerome Foundation. From 1973 to 1986, Peterson worked as a Legal Assistant, Office Manager, Computer Systems Manager, then a Billing Clerk at Chesnut and Brooks Law Office. In August 1986 Peterson joined Zenon Dance Company and School as Managing Director. From here, he became the Managing Director at Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre. Later, Peterson began working as a publisher and writer for The Surveyor, a Minneapolis Newspaper. Since 1995, Gary Peterson has served as Executive Director with the James Sewell Ballet.


3.22 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)


The collection contains selected papers of Gary Peterson, dancer, arts administrator and former KFAI Radio "Fresh Fruit" program host.

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated to the Tretter Collection by Gary Peterson in several accessions between 2004 and 2005.

Related Materials

Patrick Scully papers

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter papers

James Sewell Ballet Records (PA 85) , Performing Arts Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Mike Steele Papers (PA 66), Performing Arts Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Jazzdance Papers (PA 81), Performing Arts Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jordan Burrell 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.

Gary Peterson papers, 1983-2005
In Progress
Heather Dahlgren, Susan Hoffman, and Jordan Burrell
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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