Tretter (Jean-Nickolaus) Night Rivers audiocassette collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Loni Shibuyama
Finding Aid Date
(c) 2012
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1988 – 1998 (Creation)


  • 4 Linear Feet (Whole)
    205 audiocassettes, 1 folder.

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  • Abstract

    This collection comprises audio recordings of Night Rivers, 1988-1998, a weekly gay and lesbian classical music radio program in Minnesota, produced and hosted by Jean-Nickolaus Tretter.

  • 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.


    "Jean-Nickolaus Tretter," Special Collections, Rare Books, & Manuscripts, University of Minnesota, (last accessed December 11, 2012).

  • Conditions Governing Access

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

  • Acquisition

    Donor and date of collection unknown.

  • 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

  • Processing Information

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

  • 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. Also included are weather report forms for the Twin Cities area, dated from 1988-1993.

  • Arrangement

    This collection is arranged chronologically.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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    Mixed Materials
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