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Tretter Transgender Oral History Project

Identifier: Tretter-503


The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) is committed to collecting, preserving, and making available oral histories of gender transgression, broadly understood through a trans framework.

For more about the project, see the online digital collection ( or the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies's website (

The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project is funded in large part by a grant from Tawani Foundation. The project has also received support from a Headwaters Foundation for Justice Community Innovation Grant, from the Humanities Innovation Lab at the Minnesota Humanities Center, and from individual donors.


  • 2015 - 2022



249 Volumes ; Contains roughly 300 hours of footage of interviews with roughly 250 interviewees.

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Phase One of the Tretter Trans Oral History Project was founded by Tretter Collection Curator Lisa Vecoli. Current Minneapolis City Council President Andrea Jenkins was the Oral Historian. Support staff who transcribed interviews and wrote interview summaries were Anne Burkhardt, Mary Dunn, Neno Miller, and Carter Thurmond. Lars Mackenzie completed the digital exhibits for Phase One.

Phase Two of the Tretter Trans Oral History Project was overseen by Tretter Curators Rachel Mattson (2018-2021) and Lisa Vecoli (2021-2022.) Macalester College professor and author Myrl Beam was the Oral Historian. Myra Billund-Phibbs was the Project Assistant, and then Project Manager, of Phase Two. Radio professional and professor Cassius Adair was the Audio Producer of the Transcripts podcast. Myrl Beam and Andrea Jenkins were the co-hosts of the podcast. Archives and oral history professionals Katherine Brenner-Adam and Daria Chamness worked as part-time transcribers for the last six months of Phase Two. Augsburg University students Samantha Hamilton, Jessica Hotchkiss, and Morgan Wigle completed graphic design work for Phase Two.

Jason Roy, Director of Cataloging, Metadata, and Digitization Services with University of Minnesota Libraries' Archives and Special Collections, worked to publish all TTOHP interviews on UMedia and managed the back-end of the project's online presence.

Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP,) 2015-2022.
Myra Billund-Phibbs
October 2021-April 2022
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area