Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers
Scope and Content
The Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers include manuscript, visual, and digital materials. Coverage includes general Two-Spirit issues, the representation of Native Americans in the national GLBT community, gender identity, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, and the organizational records of the American Indian Gay and Lesbian Center in Minneapolis, MN. Manuscript materials include event flyers, publications (full magazines, newsletters, and booklets, as well as clipped articles), correspondence (from private individuals, inmates, and organizations), fundraising materials, and posters. Visual materials include photos of fundraising events and several enclosures from different correspondents. Digital media includes several floppy disks. The artifacts within the collection are largely ceremonial and include packets of loose tobacco, sage, cedar needles, and a woven basket. Three folders contain relevant materials to the trans community and are marked with an asterisk (*) in the folder list below.
- 1937 - 2013
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.
Material related to lawsuits present in the Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers are restricted until the year 2045.
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 or Historical Note
Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar). Anguksuar is a local Twin Cities Native American artist and activist. In the mid-1980s, he formed the American Indian Gays and Lesbians Resource Center and played a pivotal role in organizing many of the Two-Spirit International Gatherings throughout the 1990s. He is currently active in public health and native language revitalization advocacy.
19 Linear Feet (19 record cartons)
The Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar) Papers includes paper records, visual materials, artifacts, and digital media from community activist Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar). These records document the organization founded by LaFortune, the American Indian Gays and Lesbians in the Twin Cities.
- American Indian Gay and Lesbian Center
- Indian gays -- North America Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Indian gays -- United States -- Social Conditions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- LaFortune (Anguksuar), Richard
- Two-Spirit people Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Richard LaFortune Papers
- Aiden Bettine
- October 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English