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Ken Moses Papers

Identifier: Tretter-354

Scope and Content

These stories cover GLBT-related news events (both positive and negative) from all over the US and the world, with a heavy concentration of local Twin Cities and Stillwater stories. They are mostly copyrighted and most came with usage-and-reproduction restrictions. Refer to original sources if possible for exact wording. (See ORGADDR.TXT for contact information for many of these sources.) Later stories were increasingly from Internet sources and may not be as rigorous as news-organization stories by journalists. Stories from the Associated Press, Reuters, etc., were often re-edited and re-printed by newspapers (including the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Minneapolis Star Tribune), and where there were minor differences in the texts, they were merged into a composite and what was thought to be the clearest alternative wording was chosen.


  • Creation: 1950/2015


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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

Ken Moses (1944-2015) was a theatre director, producer, puppeteer, advocate, and educator based out of New York and Saint Croix, Minnesota. In 1965 he attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) for a degree in theater technology. “His career in professional theater included work on and off Broadway, at the Smithsonian Institute, in London’s West End, in community theaters”, and at the Lincoln Center (Access Press, 2015). He received the 1975 International de la Marrionnette award for collaboration with Berthelson on Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella”, and an award from the Stillwater Human Rights Commission in 2006.

Moses was especially active in disability justice work (including efforts to make theater spaces more accessible to the blind) and LGBT issues, and was a member and participant of a wide range of organizations, including the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres, the Stillwater Human Rights Commission, Out in the Valley (an LGBT community organization based in the St. Croix River Valley), Art St. Croix (a group of artists with disabilities), and various critical thinking groups. He served as president of the Puppetry Guild of Greater New York for two years.

More information about Moses’s life is contained in Access Press (2015) or in his Star Tribune obituary (2015).


2 boxes (0.83 linear feet)


This is a predominantly digital collection of over 50,000 clippings, news stories, and on-line discussions, with a small component of physical manuscript materials.


The materials have been largely arranged by subject matter and date. They are arranged across two series, each determined by a specific incarnation of the organization and roughly chronological in nature. Both Series 1 and Series 2 contain numerous news clippings.

Series 1: Manuscripts, 1971-2005

Series 2: Electronic Records, 1950-2015. This series has two sub-series:

  1. Clippings, 1950-2015
  2. "Out in The Valley" Newsletter Electronic Files, 1996-2014

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated by Ken Moses.

Related Materials

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter papers

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.

Ken Moses papers, 1950-2015
Jordan Burrell
February 2015
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Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area