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Joseph (Joe) Ward Papers

Identifier: Tretter-324

Scope and Content

The collection includes board meeting documents, brochures, event information, and ephemera from the organization Soul Essence as well as publications.


  • 2000-2007, undated


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.

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

Joseph (Joe) Ward, a former Minnesotan who lives in California, worked as an advocate for the African American GLBT community in Minnesota. He was heavily involved in Minnesota Men of Color, serving as Board Treasurer in the 2000s, and also acted as Director of Soul Essence, a Twin Cities African American GLBT group which he cofounded in 2002.


1 box (.21 linear feet)


The collection contains the professional papers of Joseph (Joe) Ward.

Source of acquisition

Donated by Joseph (Joe) Ward.

Related Materials

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

OutFront Minnesota records, 1970-2014

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Teresa Tjepkes in 2014 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.

Joseph (Joe) Ward papers, 2000-2007
Teresa Tjepkes
October 2014
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