Finding aid to Jean-Nickolaus Tretter's Night Rivers audiocassette collection, 1988-1998 Coll2012-169

Loni Shibuyama
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
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Los Angeles, California 90007
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter's Night Rivers audiocassette collection
creator: Tretter, Jean-Nickolaus
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012-169
Physical Description: 4 Linear Feet 205 audiocassettes, 1 folder.
Date (inclusive): 1988-1998
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.


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.


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.


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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Classical music radio programs
Homosexuality on radio
Tretter, Jean-Nickolaus

Item AC1523-AC1727

Night Rivers 1993-1998

Physical Description: 205 audiocassettes.
Item AC1523-AC1528


Physical Description: 6 audiocassettes.
Item AC1529-AC1570


Physical Description: 42 audiocassettes.
Item AC1571-AC1621


Physical Description: 51 audiocassettes.
Item AC1622-AC1682


Physical Description: 61 audiocassettes.
Item AC1683-AC1709


Physical Description: 27 audiocassettes.
Item AC1710-AC1727


Physical Description: 18 audiocassettes.
Folder 1

Weather forms 1988-1993