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Tretter Collection Flat Files

Identifier: Tretter-2

Scope and Content

The Tretter Collection Flat Files contain original and reproduced artwork, framed artwork, posters and ads (framed, foam core and plastic-backed), banners, exhibit boards, newspapers, and photography. Most heavily represented in the collection are topics relating to HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health, Events and Fundraisers, Pride Festivals, Social Justice and Equality, Support Networks and Allies, Abuse/Violence/Homophobia, Film, German Language and Political Action/Advocacy. Notable people in the collection include artists, donors and figures such as Lisa Albrecht, Boudykke, Marc DeBauch, Scott Dibble, Stuart Ferguson, Douglass Dean Goodman, Robert (Bob) Jansen, Robert Johnson, Tobias Schneebaum, and Patrick Scully. Unique items in the collection include a textile jacket by Billy Bowers, Tom of Finland lithographic prints (not originals) and original Boudykke, Gwill, and DeBauch pieces.


  • Creation: 1920-2012, undated


Language of Materials

English, German, Russian, French, Maori

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.

For access to digital representations of materials, please contact the Curator for additional information.

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).

Historical Note

Materials obtained by a series of donors including Robert (Bob) Jansen, Robert Johnson, Stuart Ferguson, Roger Arvid Anderson, Quatrefoil library, OutFront MN, University of Minnesota and more. These and other major donors are listed in both Series 1 of the collection and the related materials section below. Professionally collected and curated by Jean-Nickolaus Tretter.


60 Linear Feet


The Tretter Collection Flat Files comprise posters, art work (framed and foam core), promotional banners in various mediums, and textiles donated singly and in bulk by a variety of donors.


The Tretter Collection Flat Files are primarily arranged by donor with an outlier group arranged by subject matter.

  1. Series 1: Documented Collections, 1921-2010
  2. Series 2: Named Donors, Institutions, and/or People, 1985-2011
  3. Series 3: Topical Areas, 1859-2010

Source of acquisition

Materials within the collection were donated singly and in bulk by a variety of donors. In some cases, these were the only items donated, whereas others were originally part of a larger accession or collection (e.g. OutFront MN).

Related Materials

Act Up Minnesota records, circa 1992

Lisa Albrecht papers, 1969-2004

Amazon Bookstore Cooperative Corporate Records, 1970-2012

Calliope Women's Chorus records, 1975-2013

James (Jim) Eric Chalgren Papers, 1972-2002

D. Scott Dibble Papers, 1965-2004

Stuart Ferguson Collection

Gay Games Collection, 1982-2006

Douglas Dean Goodman papers, 1901-2006

Homo Heights Production and Distribution Records, 1990-2008

Robert (Bob) Jansen Papers, 1953-2014

Robert F. Johnson Papers, 1945-2007.

Lesbian and Gay Bands of America Records, 1971-2007

March on Washington records, 1978-2001

Minnesota AIDS Project Records, 1983-2005

Minnesota Men of Color (MMC) Records, 1981-2007

Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra records, 1992-2013

The Names Project records, 1988-1996

Out And About Theatre records, 1930-1986

Out Front Minnesota records, 1970-2014

Philanthrofund Foundation Records, 1990-2004

Tobias Schneebaum papers, circa 1950-2003

Patrick Scully Papers, 1913-2010

Tretter Administration, 1953-2012

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter papers

Twin Cities (TC) Pride Records, 1973-2014

Two-Spirit Papers, 1937-2007

Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus Records, 1981-2006

Joseph (Joe) Ward papers, 2000-2007

Andy Warhol Collection, 1994-1997

Beth Zemsky Papers, 1974-2014

Processing Information

The collection has been processed by Jordan Burrell and the efforts have been supported in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Tretter Collection Flat Files, 1920-2012
Jordan Burrell, Amanda Wick
January 2015
Description rules
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