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Barrie Jean Borich Papers

Identifier: Tretter-317

Scope and Content

The Barrie Jean Borich Papers (1963-2013) are composed of manuscripts, page proofs, research materials, clippings, articles, fliers, scripts, photographs, correspondence, records, cassette tapes, VHS videos, and ephemera. Coverage is given to Borich’s writing career and her activities in local theater. Covered extensively are materials on Toklas, MN, a local series of theater productions by and for the lesbians in the Twin Cities and subject files documenting Borich’s literary career, including material related to the research and publication of her books – Restoring the Color of Roses, My Lesbian Husband, and Body Geographic.


  • 1963-2013

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.

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

Barrie Jean Borich is the author of several creative nonfiction books, including; Restoring the Color of Roses, My Lesbian Husband,which won the ALA Stonewall Book Award, and Body Geographic. She is originally from Chicago and lived for an extended period in Minneapolis; scenes from both cities are included in her books. Borich was the first creative nonfiction editor for the Water~Stone Review, a Hamline University publication. She is the spouse of Linnea Anne Stenson. They were queerly "wed" in Las Vegas, complete with an Elvis impersonator. The couple currently lives in Chicago were Borich teaches creative writing at DePaul University.


4 Linear Feet (4.29 linear feet)


The collection contains the personal and professional papers of Barrie Jean Borich from 1963-2013.

Source of acquisition

This collection is the gift of Barrie Jean Borich and was received in several accessions.

Related Materials

Linnea Ann Stenson Papers

Barrie Jean Borich Papers, 1963-2013
Jennifer Shaw
May 2014
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Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area