Higgins, Thom Papers

Span Dates: 1970-1989
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 2.1 cubic feet


This collection consists of correspondence, articles, flyers, brochures, newsletters, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and printed matter reflecting his personal life, education, careers, and political activism. The papers document Higgins’ participation in the gay rights movement including his role as a founding member of several Minneapolis gay organizations and a nationally publicized incident in which he threw a pie in the face of Anita Bryant during her campaign against gay rights (1977).

Hist/Bio Note

Thom Higgins was born in 1950 and educated in Catholic schools. He attended the University of North Dakota, and was suspended while there (1967-1968) for writing for an underground newspaper. He moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota by 1970. He wrote advertising copy and became a nurse. He was a founding member of many gay rights and gay religious organizations before his death in 1994.

Finding Aid

An online finding aid can be found at the following web address.


This collection is located at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, MN. Contact information can be found on their website at the following web address.


Neo-Pagan/New Age Movements/Occultism/Spirituality | Gay Liberation Movement | Minneapolis | Minnesota