Two-Spirit Papers

Span Dates: 1973-2013
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 19 linear ft.


The Two-Spirit Papers consist of paper records, artifacts, and digital media related to general Two-Spirit issues, gender identity, and HIV/AIDS prevention. The papers contain organizational records from the American Indian Gay and Lesbian Center in Minneapolis and papers related to the organization’s founder, Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar).

Hist/Bio Note

From the finding aid: “The collection is composed of three separate accessions by West Coast Native American GLBT activist Randy Burns, the Minnesota Men of Color organization, and Richard LaFortune (Anguksuar). Anguksuar is a local Twin Cities Native American artist and activist. In the mid-1980s, he formed the American Indian Gays and Lesbians Resource Center and played a pivotal role in organizing many of the Two-Spirit International Gatherings throughout the 1990s.” More information about Anguksuar can be found in his profile on the LGBTQ-RAN website.

Finding Aid

A finding aid for the collection is available online. Materials related to lawsuits are restricted until 2045. Contact the archives staff for more information.


The collection is located in the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota.


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