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Billund-Phibbs's Minneapolis Bathhouse Oral History Project

Identifier: Tretter 502

Scope and Contents

This is a series of 8 oral interview transcripts, conducted at various times from June - November, 2018. These interviews were conducted by Myra Billund-Phibbs to explore the materialistic forces that influenced the rise and fall of public bathhouses in Minneapolis, from policing to the AIDS crisis and the personal experiences of some of the people involved. Content from these interviews was used in Billund-Phibbs' final B.A Thesis paper titled “Steam Rooms: A History of Public and Semi-Public Gay Sexual Space in Late 20th Century Minneapolis," which is also held in this collection.

Interviewees include: Chaz (anonymous), Craig (anonymous), Raymond Dolezilek, Ron Ehemann, Michael Jefferies, Kenneth Keate, Matt (anonymous), and Patrick Scully.


  • 2018

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Myra Billund-Phibbs is a community archivist and oral historian with a special interest in the social history of the Twin Cities. She currently works as the project manager of the University of Minnesota’s Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.


9 items (Interview transcripts and Thesis project) : 9 .doc digital files ; 284 kilobytes

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This is a collection of transcripts from a series of interviews conducted as research for Myra Billund-Phibbs's thesis on the history of bathhouses in Minneapolis. The final thesis project is also available.
Billund-Phibbs's Minneapolis Bathhouse Oral History Project
Aubrey Mullenix
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area