Since 1973, the The ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives) has been acquiring and preserving material documenting LGBTQ2+ history. Our mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and provide public access to information and materials, in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada.
This site allows you to search our archives, newspaper index, vertical files, library catalogue and artifacts, including digital photos of many items.
The ArQuives is committed to preserving all aspects of LGBTQ2+ history in Canada and beyond, and as such we hold records created as early as the 1850s. Given that language is a constantly evolving construct, many items in our collection may be considered offensive, inappropriate, or unacceptable by contemporary standards, or are explicitly sexual or violent in nature. As such, certain language and descriptions may not be appropriate for all readers.
Our mandate is to preserve the historical record; to correct or revise language and terminology through a 21st century lens would constitute an act of erasure. We have preserved the language of each individual artifact, as doing so reflects how LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities defined themselves, and provides uncensored depictions of darker chapters in our history.
Select one of these links to begin exploring our collection.