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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Archival Resources

LGBTQIA2S+ history in Northeastern Minnesota, at the University of Minnesota Duluth and in the twin ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI.

Using the Archives during COVID-19

The UMD Archives is currently closed, but we can answer questions by email and phone, and provide a limited number of scans of requested research materials. Please let us know if you are a current UMD student, staff, or faculty member who needs archival materials for a class or work related project as we will prioritize those requests. 

During June 2021, the UMD Archives will be unable to respond to most research requests because the staff will be focusing on a collections maintenance project. We are sorry for the inconvenience to researchers and look forward to working with you again soon. 

Questions? Contact us at or 218-726-8526.

Please contribute to the Northeastern Minnesota COVID-19 Community Archive Project.

Archival Collections at UMD

UMD Subject Files

Local History Subject Files

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender People
  • Marriage, Including Same-Sex Marriage

This is not an exhaustive list of resources held on this topic. If you need help finding additional archival materials, please contact the UMD Archives at or (218) 726-8526. In addition, there are many books, articles and other sources available through the UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library. For more information, see Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Research Guide or contact Librarian Mags David at


Cover of "How We Find Ouselves: Identity Development and Two-Spirt People"leLanguage is important when searching for information about people from gender and sexual minorities and the cultural and social forces that affect their lives. The words people use to describe themselves vary over time and across cultures; mainstream culture uses different language than that used by LGBTQIA2S+ insiders. For example:

  • transgender, trans, gender, gender Identity, gender minorities, nonbinary gender, two-spirit, gender expression, transsexual, queer, gender variant, gender nonconforming
  • gay, lesbian, bisexual, same-sex, queer, sexual minorities, pansexual, two-spirit, sexual orientation, homosexuality, heterosexuality, homophile
  • Pronoun Use


Contact Us:


Phone: (218) 726-8526

Location: Kathryn A. Martin Library
Library Annex 202 (see map)