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Heartland Gay Rodeo Association Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS-0161

Content Description

The Heartland Gay Rodeo Association (HGRA) collection has been organized into nine series with materials ranging from 1993-2008. The HGRA was established in Papillion, Nebraska, in 1993 as a nonprofit chapter of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). The association was created to not only support IGRA sanctioned rodeos, but to also raise funds for area LGBTQIA+ and AIDS organizations. HGRA hosted its inaugural rodeo in 1997, an event that continued in the Omaha area for several years.

These materials highlight the organization’s fundraising and rodeo efforts throughout the Midwest, particularly in Nebraska and Iowa. The materials include HGRA annual rodeo programs, flyers, and pamphlets, as well as newsletters, correspondence, and photographs. Some IGRA materials are also included in the collection. These materials highlight the IGRA convention held in Omaha in 1996 as well as an IGRA University manual that contains guidelines and general information about the IGRA and the expectations of its chapters. The collection documents the rodeos, social events, and contests affiliated with the HGRA as well as administrative changes from its inception in 1993 through 2008. Oversized posters affiliated with the organization are also part of the collection.


  • circa 1993-2008


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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1.6 Cubic Feet (5 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Collection has not yet been arranged and described.

Custodial History

HGRA material was stored in a storage unit that belonged to Dino Andrade. This included boxes and plastic storage bins with some labeled that the records were from an HGRA historical committee. After Dino Andrade's death in 2017, his family including brother Greg Andrade inherited the contents of the storage unit and eventually donated it to UNO Libraries. Received by Amy Schindler on April 26, 2022.

Related Materials

Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha (MCC) Records (MSS-0098); Imperial Court of Nebraska (ICON) Records (MSS-0090)

Separated Materials

Five inches of material related to Omaha LGBTQ+ organizations to be dispersed to appropriate Queer Omaha Archives collections, including the Imperial Court of Nebraska Records, Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha Records, and Queer Omaha Archives Ephemera Collection.


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Heartland Gay Rodeo Association Records
Amy Schindler, Angela Kroeger, Jess Vermeulen (2022)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States