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Finding aid to Jean-Nickolaus Tretter's Night Rivers audiocassette collection, 1993-1998

Finding aid prepared by Loni Shibuyama, (c) 2012

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Creator
Tretter, Jean-Nickolaus, 1946-
Title
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter's Night Rivers audiocassette collection
Collection no.
Coll2012.169
Date [inclusive]
1993-1998
Extent
4.0 linear feet., 205 audiocassettes.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection comprises audio recordings of Night Rivers, 1993-1998, a weekly gay and lesbian classical music radio program in Minnesota, produced and hosted by Jean-Nickolaus Tretter.

Preferred Citation

[Item number] Jean-Nickolaus Tretter's Night Rivers Audiocassette Collection, Coll2012-169, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biography

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter, born in 1946, is a gay activist and archivist who founded the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Studies housed at the University of Minnesota. Tretter was also the 16-year host and producer of Night Rivers, a program on KFAI described as "the only regularly broadcast gay and lesbian classical music show in America."

Tretter grew up in Little Falls, Minnesota. By 1972, Tretter came out as a gay man and left the Navy, where he had served during Vietnam as a linguist. Tretter returned to the Twin Cities and co-organized the first Twin Cities commemoration of the Stonewall Riots in June 1972. Around that same time, Tretter began to collect gay and lesbian materials. He went on to study social and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota in 1973, but dropped out in 1976 and began working as a counselor at a residence for youths with multiple disabilities. Meanwhile, he continued to collect GLBT materials, advocate for GLBT causes and conduct research on GLBT history. In 2000, the Tretter Collection was donated to the University of Minnesota.

Source:

"Jean-Nickolaus Tretter," Special Collections, Rare Books, & Manuscripts, University of Minnesota, https://www.lib.umn.edu/scrbm/tretter/jean-nickolaus-tretter (last accessed December 11, 2012).

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Scope and Content

This collection comprises 205 audiocassette recordings of Night Rivers, 1993-1998, a weekly gay and lesbian classical music radio program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area, produced and hosted by Jean-Nickolaus Tretter.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
(c) 2012
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donor and date of collection unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Monica Ramsy and Jay Chang, December 2012.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Recorded episodes of This Way Out (call numbers #AC1518, #AC1519, #AC1520, #AC1521, #AC1522) from 1996 have been separated from the collection and cataloged into the ONE Archives audio collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Audiotapes
  • Classical music radio programs

Subject(s)

  • Homosexuality on radio

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Night Rivers 1993-1998   205 audiocassettes.

Item
AC1523-AC1727
Item

 1993   6 audiocassettes.

AC1523-AC1528

 1994   42 audiocassettes.

AC1529-AC1570

 1995   51 audiocassettes.

AC1571-AC1621

 1996   61 audiocassettes.

AC1622-AC1682

 1997   27 audiocassettes.

AC1683-AC1709

 1998   18 audiocassettes.

AC1710-AC1727

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