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Linnea Anne Stenson Papers

Identifier: Tretter-299

Scope and Content

This collection consists of awards, course materials, correspondence, manuscripts and other personal writing, photographs, clippings, publications, administrative materials, and ephemera related to the Linnea Stenson’s personal and professional involvement with the LGBT community dating 1928-2008. A detailed outline of the collection arrangement is noted below:

Series 1, Albums: Includes mostly women's music from 1970-1987.

Series 2, Artifacts: Includes artifacts and papers related to Linnea Stenson’s personal life.

Series 3, Clippings: Includes newspaper and magazine clippings and photocopied articles from books, magazines, and other published works.

Series 4, Correspondence: Includes letters, cards, postcards and e-mails from Stenson’s personal and professional life.

Series 5, Organizations: Includes papers, pamphlets, notes, and financial information for many of the organizations in which Stenson was involved.

Series 6, Personal Writings: Includes manuscripts, articles, and notes written by Linnea Stenson.

Series 7, Photographs: Includes the photographs, negatives, and digital copies of Stenson and her friends and family.

Series 8, Publications: Includes books, magazines, pamphlets, fliers, and other published works collected by Stenson.

Series 9, Teaching Materials: Includes notes, photocopies of articles, and syllabi for the classes Stenson taught at Macalester College.


  • Creation: 1928-2014


Language of Materials

Collection material in English, some material in German and Hebrew.

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

Linnea Stenson is currently working as a Vice President for Accreditation Relations at the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, IL. Previously, she taught at Macalester College as an adjunct assistant professor. Stenson is the former Dean of Liberal Arts at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she also served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was the founding Program Director of the Stephen J. Schochet Center for GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota and a founding board member of Minneapolis' GLBT youth center District 202. Stenson also served as a founding Advisory Board member of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at Augustana College and received a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focused on the formation and place of lesbian identity in 20th century American novels. Stenson was the Grand Marshal of the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade in the Twin Cities in 2004. She is the spouse of Barrie Jean Borich. They were queerly "wed" in Las Vegas, complete with an Elvis impersonator.


15 boxes (14.96 linear feet)


The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Linnea Stenson from 1934-2014.


The collection is arranged in nine series:

  1. Albums, 1970-1980
  2. Artifacts, undated, circa 1928-2014.
  3. Clippings, undated, 1962-2007.
  4. Correspondence, undated, 1984-2004.
  5. Organizations, undated 1979-2005.
  6. Personal Writings, undated, 1983-2003.
  7. Photographs, undated, 1985-2004.
  8. Publications, undated, 1968-2009.
  9. Teaching Materials, undated, 1988-2002.

Source of acquisition

This collection is the gift of Linnea Stenson and was received in several accessions.

Related Materials

District 202 Records

Barrie Jean Borich Papers

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Shaw and Tyler Gardner 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.

Linnea Anne Stenson Papers, circa 1928-2014
Jennifer Shaw and Tyler Gardner
May 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English -- some materials in German and Hebrew.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area