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Richard "Rick" Stafford Papers

Identifier: Tretter 440

Content Description

9 boxes of material, photographs, framed memorabilia, publications, awards, and buttons about community and political organizing.


  • 1968 - 2017

Conditions Governing 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.

Conditions Governing 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 / Historical

Richard Wesley "Rick" Stafford Jr lived from 1952-2017. At age 41, Stafford served as the first openly gay elected chairman of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party in 1993. He served as a delegate, superdelegate, Committeeman of the Democratic National Committee, and later Chair to the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Committee. He was also a board member of the National Stonewall Democrats.

In addition, Stafford was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, and was involved with the Minnesota AIDS Project as a volunteer, staff member, and the Board of Directors. This collection documents Stafford's many political achievements, including his trip with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Republic of China. This collection also include (but are not limited to) materials on Sharon Sayles Belton, Jonette Engan, Al Gore, Mike Erlandson, Steve Hunegs, Nancy Larson, Cory Davison, Buck Humphrey, Donny Ness, Jimmy Carter, Dave Lee, the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, the Gay and Lesbian Caucus, the Democratic National Convention, and numerous trips to the The White House.


11 Cubic Feet

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Raye O Shiel
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Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area