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Ana Silva Papers

Identifier: Tretter: 381

Scope and Content

The Ana Silva Papers document Ana Silva’s involvement in the Minneapolis LGBTQ community (with an emphasis on lesbian communities of color, from the 1980s through 2010) as well as her personal and family life. The collection contains: planning and administrative files, event flyers; copies of En la Vida, daily thought journals, personal correspondence, family photographs, and information about her domestic partnership and single motherhood. Highlights include documentation of the Twin Cities-based organization "Womyn of Color (W.O.C.) - Stirfry"-- a group of Asian/Pacific Islander, African-American, Hispanic and Native American lesbians that was active in the late 20th century.


  • 1954 - 2018


Language of Materials

English, with some material in Spanish

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

Ana Silva was born to Vladamir Thomas and Margarita Silva Thomas in Fort Atkinson. She identifies as a lesbian woman and came out to her family in 1978. She attended the University of Minnesota for her Bachelors, and received her graduate degree in Physical Therapy. Ana resides in Minnesota and is active in the LGBTQ community.


15 Linear Feet (15 boxes)


The Ana Silva Papers reflect Ana’s involvement in the Minneapolis LGBTQ community, with an emphasis on the lesbian communities of color, from the 1980s through 2010; as well as papers documenting her personal and family life.


The collection is processed and is organized in the order it was received.

Source of acquisition

Donated by Ana Silva in May, 2015 and December 2018.


Ana Silva papers
Lisa Calahan and Raye O Shiel
2018, 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area