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Shades of Yellow (SOY) Records

Identifier: Tretter-452

Scope and Contents

The Tretter Collection’s Shades of Yellow Records consists largely of administrative records from the years 1999-2017. Highlights from the collection include documents relevant to Hmong New Year; a small publication called Yellow: Where We Can Be: An Anthology of the Asian American Teenager's Experience; and a set of correspondence between radio station KDWB, Community Action Against Racism, and Hmong National Development. The SOY collection is comprised of two different accessions: Series 1 (the larger of the two series) contains materials donated by SOY members including Xay Yang in 2018. A smaller collection of materials (Series 2) was donated by Scott Fearing at an unknown date.


  • 1999 - 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. Please email the curator to see this collection.

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

Shades of Yellow (SOY) was a St. Paul, Minnesota-based nonprofit organization of Hmong lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people that was active between 2003 and 2017. The organization worked to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ people and “to cultivate a community of empowered HAPI LGBTQ and allies.” The group dreamed of “a world where Hmong LGBTQ and allies are liberated and celebrated for who we are.” (“About,” Shades of Yellow website, archived on the Wayback Machine and accessed on 12/16/19,

More information about SOY is discoverable through: SOY’s now-defunct, but archived website, A SOY blog that was active between 2012-2014, SOY’s statement about its closing, This article on SOY’s closure, The Hmong Archives at the Eastside Freedom Library (which holds additional records from SOY’s collection),


1.25 Linear Feet (Two processed boxes currently containing mostly paper-based organizational records.)

Language of Materials

Hmong; Mong



This collection is organized into 2 series (separated by accession and provenance). Materials are organized within each series according to the principles of original order, with some items separated out by material type.

Raye O Shiel
December 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area