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On June 28, 1969 the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City fought back against the discriminatory and frequent police raids on bars catering to LGBTQ+ patrons. This early morning resistance led to six days of protests and violent clashes with the police. The Stonewall rebellion, also known as the Stonewall riots or Stonewall uprising, is seen by many as the beginning of the modern gay liberation movement. Pride Day started in 1970 as a commemoration of this event and has grown into week and month-long celebrations of the LGBTQ+ community in June.

This month we highlight a recent addition to our catalog, the Randy Stern Photograph Collection, which features Pride celebrations and other LGBTQ+ events in Minnesota, primarily in the Twin Cities, over a 10-year span. Photographed and donated by Randy Stern, the collection is grouped into five series that illustrate annual fund raisers, political activism, Pride celebrations, and sporting events.

The Dining Out for Life series includes images of people dining at various Minneapolis restaurants to support the Aliveness Project's annual April fund raiser in 2010, 2011, and 2012. The second series shows how the Marriage Equality Street Team wrapped cars with stickers to defeat a 2012 proposed amendment to Minnesota's state constitution that would have limited marriage to heterosexual couples. The Minnesota AIDS Walk series features participants in the annual event hosted by the Minnesota AIDS Project (now JustUs Health) from various years between 2006 and 2014. The series on Pride Celebrations includes images from picnics, parades, and performances in Minneapolis, Brainerd, Rochester, and other locations. Lastly, the Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League series includes team pictures, views of the fans, and action shots of softball games from most of the years between 2006 and 2016.

View the photograph collection and explore more resources on LGBTQ Activism & Rights in Minnesota in the Minnesota Historical Society collections.

To read more on the amendment's history and the law legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota visit the MNopedia article on the Minnesota Amendment 1.


Strikers, June 19, 2011 Strikers, June 19, 2011



New and Updated Finding Aids - May 2018

Name/Abstract File No.
Auditor: An Inventory of Its Audit Reports of Regional Organizations gr00157
Annual or other periodic reports on the examination of the financial affairs of regional development commissions and regional service organizations by the state auditor.
Cass County: Wilkinson Township: An Inventory of Its Birth and Death Records gr01429
Birth and death certificate records, 1917-1941Birth and death certificate records (1917-1941), birth certificates (1941-1951), and death certificates (1940-1952).
Cass County: Wilkinson Township: An Inventory of Its Records gr01428
Clerk's Town Record Books, 1917-1928 (bulk 1917-1925)Clerk's (1917-1984) and treasurer's (1974-1980) books, treasurer's annual statements (1938-1956), board of audit minutes/annual reports (1939-1952, 1961-1983), and justice court docket (1922-1935).

Includes digital content.
Warren I. Colehour: An Inventory of His Papers 01272
Waren I. Colehour Biographical information, service documents, photographs, correspondence, a journal and calendar, and other papers of a Minneapolis man who served in the United States Navy during the second world war aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Bailey. Includes a translation of an unidentified Japanese soldier's diary, materials documenting Warren's involvement in veterans organizations, and photographs and a service biography of Colehour's brother Richard, who served aboard the U.S.S. Zeilin.
William J. Nee: An Inventory of His Migrant Worker Communities Photograph Collection sv000257
AppletonCollection documents migrant workers in Red River Valley and Minnesota River Valley communities circa 1970. Photographs were taken by William "Bill" Nee for a project related to migrant workers and feature the Minnesota and North Dakota communities of Appleton, Auburn, Clara City, Crookston, Forest River, Grafton, Hector, Hillsboro, Kennedy, Moorhead, Oslo, and Warren. Views include community events, opportunity centers, educational activities, and children playing.

Includes digital content.
Ramsey County: Superintendent of Schools: An Inventory of Its School Reorganization Records gr01461
Ramsey County School Survey Committee reports (1948) and amendments (1950-1952), a compilation of school district reorganization election notices and minutes (1948-1952), and a photograph of the School Survey Committee (1952).
Karl F. Rolvaag: An Inventory of His Papers 00996
Headphones iconCorrespondence, political files, subject files, personal files, news clippings, print materials, and sound and visual materials of Karl F. Rolvaag, son of Minnesota author Ole Edvart Rolvaag, chairman of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (1950-1954), Minnesota lieutenant governor (1955-1962), Minnesota governor (1963-1967), U.S. ambassador to Iceland (1967-1969), and member of the Minnesota Public Service Commission (1973-1978).

Includes digital content.
St. Louis County: Nopeming Sanatorium: An Inventory of Its Records gr01460
Nopeming Sanatorium, 1947Annual reports, minutes and correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, published records and reports, patient records, employee records, student records, policy and procedures manuals, inventories, newsletters, medical library accession books, general ledgers, disbursement registers, and miscellaneous administrative files.

Includes digital content.
St. Peter State Hospital: An Inventory of Its Admission and Discharge Books gr00076
December 1866-June 1881Documenting the admission and discharge of patients, the records include series divided by female and male patients (1866-1904), entries kept by admission number (1866-1902) with readmissions and discharges/deaths (1918-1920), and registers kept by patient's county of residence (1860s-1968). There are also an 1893 record of patient's personnel possessions when admitted and population record books for the Intensive Treatment Program for Sexual Aggressives (1973-1993).

Includes digital content.
Randy Stern: An Inventory of His Photograph Collection sv000258
Gay 90'sCollection documents LGBTQ+ events in Minnesota, primarily in the Twin Cities over a 10-year span. Events and activities documented include Dining Out For Life, an annual fund raiser for the Aliveness Project; the Marriage Equality Street Team that wrapped cars with stickers supporting same-sex marriage; the Minnesota AIDS Walk hosted by the Minnesota AIDS Project; Pride celebrations held in the Twin Cities, Brainerd, Rochester, and other locations; and the Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League.

Includes digital content.

New and Updated Catalog Records

Hubbard, Rex, photographer. Rex Hubbard photograph album, 1926.
Album includes images of the last log drive on Whiteface River in Saint Louis County started on May 2nd, people posed in large piles of snow in front of L.W. Emery’s home in Hibbing at the end of March, fishing at Camp Kee-Nee-Moo-Sha on Woman Lake in May, and a family trip to the North Shore in July including images of Lake Superior and Lutsen Resort.
Peavey Company, compiler. Increase your sales through store "dress up" photograph album, 1956.
Album contains fourteen 8 x 10 inch photographs of advertising displays offered by the Peavey Company flour mills after they combined the operations of the Russell-Miller Milling Company, Occident Milling company, Tone Feeds, and others. Views show stores in Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin of which many are identified.

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