Dr. Russell Heim with a baby left at his office (12 West Lake St., Minneapolis), 1947. Photograph by Paul Siegel. Published in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, October 31, 1941.

Dr. Russell Heim with baby

Dr. Russell Heim with a baby left at his office (12 West Lake St., Minneapolis), 1947. Photograph by Paul Siegel. Published in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, October 31, 1941.

Poster calling for the election of Dr. Russell Heim as Hennepin County Coroner, 1934.

Dr. Russell Heim election poster

Poster calling for the election of Dr. Russell Heim as Hennepin County Coroner, 1934.

Dr. Russell Heim, 1934.

Dr. Russell Heim

Dr. Russell Heim, 1934.

Downfall of Russell Heim, 1947–1952

In 1952 Russell Heim (1886–1960) was a practicing physician and, after 1942, Hennepin County’s elected coroner. The Minneapolis Star called his narcotics prosecution “one of the most sensational trials of a public official…in the history of Minnesota federal courts.”

Sister Kenny

Video about Australian nurse Elizabeth Kenny, founder of the Sister Kenny Institute, created by the Minnesota Historical Society, May 22, 2012.

Bruce Brockway on his AIDS diagnosis

Excerpt of a lawyer’s deposition of Bruce Brockway, conducted on August 27, 1982. Brockway was a person of interest in a Minneapolis murder case at the time. In the clip, he discusses his AIDS diagnosis and state of health. A gay activist and the publisher of the Twin Cities’ first gay newspaper (Northland Companion, later renamed Positively Gay and then GLC Voice), Brockway was the first documented Minnesotan diagnosed with AIDS. From the personal collection of Alan Lessik.

Lawyer’s deposition of Bruce Brockway

Excerpt of a lawyer’s deposition of Bruce Brockway conducted on August 27, 1982. Brockway was a person of interest in a murder case. In the clip, Brockway discusses his AIDS diagnosis and state of health. Used with the permission of Alan Lessik.

MN90: Minnesota’s First Documented AIDS case

In 1981, Bruce Brockway wasn’t feeling well. Doctors didn’t know what was wrong. Then in June, the CDC published a report on five men in Los Angeles dead from a mysterious ailment. Britt Aamodt looks at Minnesota’s first documented AIDS case.

ACT UP t-shirt designed by Keith Haring, mid-1980s.

ACT UP t-shirt

ACT UP t-shirt designed by Keith Haring, mid-1980s.

Guerilla Theatre costume

Guerilla Theatre costume

Hospital-gown costume with a pink star worn for a Guerrilla Theatre protest against the Berean League’s AIDS conference at the St. Paul Civic Center in November 1987. Berean League members advocated for the quarantine of people with AIDS.

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