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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as well as sca…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
03
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as well as scanned analogue by the archivist. There are also video diaries (documentary work), created by Escobar. There are access and preservation copies of Escobar's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Access Restrictions
Open
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned to the lossless .tif format.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-066
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The Family Camera Network Project fonds

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
ca. 1930-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews, their raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), edited and redacted film content. The records also pertain to the photos donated, these are largely photos that are born-digita…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1930-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Physical Description
ca. 4 tb of electronic records 0.10 textual records
History / Biographical
The Family Camera Network was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project from 2016-2019, that worked to develop a collection of family photographs with their accompanying stories, through conducting oral histories with national and trans-national migrants. The work was conducted out of partnering institutions, The ArQuives and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The ArQuives iteration of the project focused on LGBTQ+ migrants. The project explored the relationship between photography and the idea of family, whether biological family, or of choice. As well as demonstrating the expanding conceptualization of what family is in Canada, due to same-sex marriage, transnational adoptions, dislocations to pursue economic opportunities or prompted by political instability, climate change, or war. The project worked to document feeling about family, how family is defined and defined differently, how connections are felt through photography.
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews, their raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), edited and redacted film content. The records also pertain to the photos donated, these are largely photos that are born-digital or scanned photos and records.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Related Material
The Royal Ontario Museum holds their iteration of the project. This includes audio-visual and photographic records. The ArQuives holds a copy of Douglas Stewart’s interview which was conducted by the ROM, but felt to include LGBTQ+ content, therefore a copy has been retained in both institutions.
Access Restrictions
Some files are restricted from access. There are certain restrictions from publication, and social media use for video and photographic content. Specifications are at the series and file levels.
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned and converted to the lossless .tif format.
Arrangement
Series pertain to each individual participant: 1 - Mudit Ganguly 2 - Teo Owang 3 - Cecilio Escobar 4 - Rupert Raj 5 - Sajdeep Soomal 6 - Vince Rozario 7 - Hon Lu 8 - Carlos Idibouo 9 - Courtnay McFarlane 10 - Dennis Findlay 11 - Junior Harrison 12 - Douglas Stewart 13 - Jade Pichette
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2017-011, 2017-057, 2017-066, 2017-114, 2017-077, 2017-085, 2017-136, 2017-144, 2017-148, 2017-159, 2017-160, 2018-015, 2018-053
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1950-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, edited and redacted film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as we…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1950-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
07
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, edited and redacted film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as well as scanned analogue. There are access and preservation copies of Lu's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview. The interview discusses Lu's life in Vietnam and migrating to Canada, the Vietnam war, family and childhood, Lu's life in Canada, photographs, and his mother's love of photography which is significantly featured in the donation as many photos feature her or are taken by her.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Access Restrictions
Open, certain files restricted from access. See file level descriptions for details.
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned to the lossless .tif format.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-136
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of related materials in the Rupert Raj fonds F0021. Th…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
04
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of related materials in the Rupert Raj fonds F0021. There are access and preservation copies of Raj's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Related Material
See the Rupert Raj fonds F0021
Access Restrictions
Open, see Rupert Raj fonds F0021 for specific photograph restrictions
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-114 2006-167
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Rupert Raj fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1968-2015
Scope and Content
Fonds consist of materials gathered by Rupert Raj, a Canadian trans activist, born in Ottawa, who lived in Toronto most of his adult life before relocating to Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Highlights of this donation include materials relating to the three trans-related periodicals Raj founded and edite…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Sound recording
Moving image
Graphic material
Electronic records
Date Range
1968-2015
Part Of
Rupert Raj fonds
Creator
Rupert Raj
Fonds Number
F0021
Language
English
Physical Description
193 cm of textual records 14.5 cm graphic records [Two photo albums, loose photographs, photocopies of photographs] 12 cassette tapes 4 8-track tapes 21 VHS tapes 28 DVDs 1 poster 28 x 43 cm
Extent
207.5 metres
Physical Condition
Records are largely in good condition. There is some damage that comes from normal record use, particularly the newspaper clippings which are difficult to preserve.
History / Biographical
Rupert Raj (1952-) is a Eurasian (East Indian and Polish) pansexual trans man who came out in 1971 in the queer community of Ottawa as a bi-sexual trans man. He provided peer-counselling, research and education for transsexual and transvestite men and women and their significant others, as well as for the medical/health communities of Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto between 1971-1990, and later, from 1999 to 2015. He founded several trans organizations: 1) Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals (FACT) (1978-1986); 2) Metamorphosis Counselling Services (1982-1983) (which morphed into Metamorphosis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) (1983-1988)); 3) Gender Worker-cum-Gender Consultants (1988-1990), which changed its name in 1989 to Gender Consultants, with his wife Michelle Raj-Gauthier as partner; closed in 1990), 4) the Trans Men/FTM Peer-Support Group (1999-), 5) the Thursday Night Group (2000), 6) the Trans (Health) Lobby Group (2001-), and 7) TransFormations (2003-2004). He also co-led the Gender Journeys group from 2006 to 2013. He also founded three transsexual periodicals: 1) Gender Review: the FACTual Journal (1978-1981); 2) Metamorphosis newsletter-cum-Metamorphosis Magazine (1982-1988); and 3) Gender NetWorker (2 issues, 1988). Rupert worked at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto from 2002 to 2015 as a psychotherapist and gender consultant in its LGBT Program, and also had a part-time private practice (RR Consulting). In the first newsletter for FACT, Nick Ghosh writes that he was born in Ottawa in 1952, the second oldest of five siblings, and was raised Roman Catholic but subsequently became atheist. He lists a number of jobs he has held, including: landscaper, hotel clerk, encyclopedia salesman, medical research assistant, security officer, librarian, caterer, cab-driver. He graduated with a BA in Psychology in 1975, and an MA in Counseling Psychology in 2001. Raj’s given surname was Ghosh. He changed his name first to Nicholas and then changed both names to Rupert Raj. The name "Rupert was inspired by his childhood teddy, Rupert the Bear. Raj chose a new surname because he sought a “measure of protective anonymity” when he went “high profile” in the course of his trans advocacy. He chose "Raj" (East Indian king) to reflect his South Asian ethnic heritage. He had male chest-construction surgery in Yonkers, NY in 1972, a pan-hysterectomy in Calgary in 1978 and a metoidioplasty ("bottom" surgery) in Montreal in 2012. In May of 1988, Raj closed out Metamorphosis due to “two years of chronic burn out”; the magazine also ended at this time. In July 1990, Raj phased out Gender Consultants due to “personal and professional” reasons. In January 1978, while living in Calgary, Raj founded F.A.C.T: the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals (F.A.C.T) as a lobbying and educational organization on behalf of trans people, with Raj as founding Director, Kyle J. Spooner as Associate Director, and Chris E. Black as Secretary Treasurer. On July 1, 1979, Raj moved the organization’s “head office” from Calgary to Toronto, while various colleagues participated from Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Kitchener and London, ON. As of April 1980, F.A.C.T. was under the management of Susan Huxford and the HQ moved to Rexdale, ON, while Raj remained involved in various capacities, including editor of Gender Review (until December 1981). (At some point between 1981 and 1986, Huxford changed the name of the organization to the Federation of American and Canadian Transsexuals (F.A.C.T.). Raj was the Toronto Liaison Officer for F.A.C.T from 1985-1987, while running the Metamorphosis Medical Research Foundation (M.M.R.F.). After Raj moved to Toronto and began his publication Metamorphosis (in February 1982), he relinquished his role in publishing Gender Review. Metamorphosis was founded by Raj in February 1982 as a bi-monthly newsletter "Exclusively for F-M men” (with an intended readership among their families, wives/girlfriends, as well as professionals and “para-professionals interested in female TSism”); the newsletter presents a more specific focus than FACT’s broader activist mandate. By the third issue, the newsletter averaged around 8 pages, whereas in 1986, most issues were 24 pages. The last issue was in 1988. Gender Worker was a counselling/consulting service for transsexuals and transvestites and their partners and family members founded by Raj in 1988 (and soon after renamed "Gender Consultants" to include his then new wife, a trans woman named "Marg" [a pseudonym] Gauthier, as a co-consultant). (Rupert joined their surnames, becoming "Raj-Gauthier," until they split in late 1997). The two issues of the Gender NetWorker newsletter appeared in June-July 1988 and August-September 1988. This publication was directed specifically towards “helping professionals and resource providers.” Raj wrote that he wanted to facilitate a communication network between professional (mostly cisgender [non-trans]) and lay (transsexual/transvestite/transgender) providers, to bring together trans people and the medical and health professionals who worked with trans populations. Some decades later, Rupert became a (mental health) professional himself, and also a published author. He (co-)wrote five trans-focussed clinical research papers for scholarly journals (and elsewhere) and six trans-themed book chapters, and (co-)edited two book anthologies: Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader (with Dan Irving, PhD) (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014), and Of Souls & Roles, Of Sex & Gender: A Treasury of Transsexual, Transgenderist & Transvestic Verse from 1967 to 1991 (unpublished manuscript, 2017, revised 2018) (free PDF accessible online via the Transgender Archives and the Digital Transgender Archive websites). In August 2017, he self-published the first edition of his memoir (Dancing The Dialectic: True Tales of A Transgender Trailblazer) through Amazon. The second (revised) edition is due in early 2020 through Transgender Publishing (www.transgenderpublishing.ca).
Scope and Content
Fonds consist of materials gathered by Rupert Raj, a Canadian trans activist, born in Ottawa, who lived in Toronto most of his adult life before relocating to Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Highlights of this donation include materials relating to the three trans-related periodicals Raj founded and edited in the 1970s and 1980s; the original, unpublished manuscript of his international transsexual/transgenderist/transvestic poetry anthology ("Of Souls and Roles, Of Genes and Gender," 1991); correspondence with other transsexual/transvestite/transgender people (including activists) and medical/psychological professionals, around the world, research on phalloplasty and other trans issues; personal scrapbooks and photographs; and AV materials. Books, periodicals, and AV materials are catalogued separately.
Storage Location
C.02.01.01 : 01-05 C.02.01.02 : 06-10 C.02.01.03 : 11-14 C.01.02.01 : 15 (F0021-07-012 to 015, scrapbooks) S.03.07 : 16-17 (photos) MC. 6.1 F0021-05-058
Access Restrictions
Restrictions have been divided into the restrictions on textual records and on photographs. Written Documents: items in this list are restricted in the following way: researchers are required to a) apply for access and b) agree to use pseudonyms for all named individuals in these records. These restrictions shall be in place through Dec 31, 2040. Restricted on specific files are indicated in the ‘Access’ column of the finding aid below. Restricted photographs are in the following folders: F0021-06-008 F0021-06-009 F0021-06-010 In addition, the Country Scene’ album is restricted. For all of these restricted photographs, approved researchers can access the photographs in person at CLGA. They shall not be reproduced, however, unless the researcher receives approval from Rupert Raj. These restrictions shall be in place through Dec 31, 2040.
Conservation
The vast majority of paper clips have been removed. Archival clips and paper separators were added where determined necessary. Or no division has been marked if determined unnecessary. Users need to be mindful that records should not be shuffled, or else records may lose their adjoining pages.
Arrangement
Contains series and subseries: Series 1. Correspondence and Administration, 1972-2001 1.1: Trans experiences 1.2: Medical profession and other service providers 1.3: Trans activism and research (including medical) 1.4: Correspondence with prominent figures 1.5: Personal administrative records and correspondence Series 2. Activism, Organizations, and Newsletters 2.1: A.C.T., F.A.C.T., and Gender Review 2.2: Metamorphosis [newsletter/magazine] 2.3: Gender NetWorker 2.4: Gender Worker 2.5: Activist Efforts 2.6: Newsletters and material from other trans organizations and groups Series 3. Metamorphosis Medical Research Foundation Series 4. Manuscripts and other writings for publication Series 5. Research + Resource Files 5.1: Bibliographies, secondary literature, and press material 5.2: Resources, Referrals, Research Studies (unpublished) 5.3: Conferences Series 6. Photographs Series 7. Scrapbooks
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2006-167, 2012-102, 2013-008, 2014-094, 2015-045
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1961-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. There are scans of analogue photographs, as well as born digital photographs. …
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
1961-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
05
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. There are scans of analogue photographs, as well as born digital photographs. Additionally access and preservation copies of digitized home videos of Soomal's childhood and family's life. There are access and preservation copies of Soomal's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview and photographs.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Access Restrictions
Open
Copyright
Restricted from publication (online / print etc.) without donor consultation. Please contact donor.
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-077
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the analogue photos donated, and born digital creat…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
02
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the analogue photos donated, and born digital created as a copy by the archivist. There are access and preservation copies of Owang's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview. There is also information relating to photographer Chris Ablet who took photographs of Owang while pregnant. Context for Ablet's art practice and example's of his work with other trans folks.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Access Restrictions
Open
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned to the lossless .tif format.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-057
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as well as sca…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1960-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
06
Scope and Content
Records consist of oral history interviews via video camera. Raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), audio files, and edited film content. The series also consist of the photos donated, and born digital as well as scanned analogue by the archivist. There are access and preservation copies of Escobar's oral history interview as well as administrative records pertaining to consent and permissions to conduct and house the interview.
Storage Location
Family Camera Harddrives
Access Restrictions
Open, certain files restricted from access. See file level descriptions for details.
Conservation
Access and preservation copies of video footage are available in .mp4 and .mxf formats. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned to the lossless .tif format.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-085
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