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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1974-2009
Scope and Content
The Administrative series contains administrative records of the organization. Resources that CLGRO created, including newsletters, minutes from annual and committee meetings as well as membership materials. Many of the membership materials have a restriction placed over them. There are also multip…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Moving image
Object
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
1974-2009
Part Of
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds
Fonds Number
F0044
Series Number
01
Physical Description
XX textual records 3 Audio Visual records 1 Audio cassette 2 Video cassettes 15 Artifacts 1 t-shirt 1 white corrugated plastic sign 3 banners 4 plaques 1 matchbook 5 buttons 2 stamps 65 Electronic records 54 3 ½ in. floppy disks 6 5 ¼ floppy disks 4 CD-R 1 512MB USB drive
Scope and Content
The Administrative series contains administrative records of the organization. Resources that CLGRO created, including newsletters, minutes from annual and committee meetings as well as membership materials. Many of the membership materials have a restriction placed over them. There are also multiple floppy disks and artifacts. Steering Committee and Annual meetings travelled around Ontario to meet in different cities and towns for their meetings, where the member group in that area was responsible for running the meeting. This happened largely at the beginning of the organization’s history but eventually stopped. The Administration series contains the following subseries: 1.1- Office Administration and HR 1.2- Resources created by CLGRO and Newsletters 1.3- Minutes, committees and annual meetings 1.4- Membership materials
Notes
The electronic records are largely thought to be back-ups of paper records, such as membership lists, resources created, and meeting minutes. However, this has not been verified by the archivist.
Access Restrictions
Open, some files have spec see file level restrictions for specific details
Description Level
Series
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The Body Politic fonds

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Body Politic fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1971-1987
Scope and Content
The fonds pertain to the organizational records of The Body Politic, Canada’s gay liberation newspaper which sat under the parent publishing house Pink Triangle Press. The newspaper published from 1971-1987 in Toronto out of various downtown locations. The fonds consist of 10 series with multiple s…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Graphic material
Sound recording
Moving image
Date Range
1971-1987
Part Of
The Body Politic fonds
Creator
The Body Politic
Fonds Number
F0002
Language
English [predominant], French, Spanish
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.
Scope and Content
The fonds pertain to the organizational records of The Body Politic, Canada’s gay liberation newspaper which sat under the parent publishing house Pink Triangle Press. The newspaper published from 1971-1987 in Toronto out of various downtown locations. The fonds consist of 10 series with multiple subseries. The fonds contains research notes, newspaper clippings, notes, meeting minutes, article drafts submitted, correspondence (international, national, local, prisoner), memos, financial, employee, advertising, and legal records.
Notes
There are also The Body Politic accessions that could not be located at the time of processing, therefore they have not been included in this iteration of the finding aid. They are listed in the appendix.
Storage Location
/21, 25 : 5.2.1 /17, 26 : 4.9.2 /35, 42 : 4.9.3 /38, 46 : 4.9.4 /20, 41 : 4.9.5 /4, 27 : 4.9.6 /31 : 5.1.2 /5, 32 : 5.1.3 /15, 16, 50 : 5.1.4 /9, 52 : 5.1.5 /34 : 5.1.6 /36, 37 : 5.1.7 /28, 30 : 5.1.8 /106, 94 : 5.2.5 105, 101, 107 : 5.2.6 /87 : 5.5.6 /24. 5.5.7 /22 : 6.5.7 /12, 13 : 5.6.1 /6, 19 : 5.6.3 /7, 11 : 5.6.4 /2, 3 : 5.6.5 /8, 23 : 5.6.6 /112 : 5.6.8 /1 : 5.7.5 /14, 18 : 5.7.7 /10 : 5.7.8 /92 : 5.8.5 /121 : 5.8.7 /58, 59, 80, 82, 84, 98 : 6.1.2 /69, 77, 89, 93, 136 : 6.1.3 /53, 70, 73, 78, 83, 86 : 6.1.4 /118, 120 : Artifacts shelf (range 6) /60, 63, 66 : 6.2.2 /33, 45, 61 : 6.2.5 /29, 40, 62, 65, 67 : 6.2.6 /39, 43, 48 : 6.2.7 /47, 76, 122 : 6.3.5 /56, 57, 79, 95, 97, 99 : 6.3.6 /44, 125 : 6.3.7 /51, 128 : 6.3.8 /55, 75, 116, 117, 119 : 6.4.2 /103, 124 : 6.4.3 /126, 130 : 6.4.4 /108, 110 : 6.4.5 /104, 123 : 6.4.8 /133, 134, 137 : 6.5.1 /68, 81, 85, 115, 129 : 6.5.2 /96, 102, 131 : 6.5.3 /91, 111 : 6.5.4 /90, 101, 114 : 6.5.5 /109, 127 : 6.5.6 /100, 135 : 7.1.1 /132 : 7.2.7 /54, 71, 72, 74, 88 : 7.6.6 /113: 7.8.3 /49 : 10.3.5 /64 : 10.3.8 MC : 4.19 MC : 4.22 Art : 12.3.3
Access Restrictions
There are restrictions throughout the fonds, largely consisting of restrictions of personal information (i.e. names, addresses, banking information) from publication. Please refer to the “access” column at the individual file level for further details. Researchers are asked to, consider copyright and privacy before choosing to publish. As an overarching rule, personal information such as banking information, personal home addresses, and the names attached to classified ads are restricted from publication, however may be accessed by researchers. If there is additional personal information uncovered in the fonds then that is restricted from publication as well, such as SIN numbers, if discovered an archivist should cull this material. Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as the physical owner.
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
The fonds contains the following series: 1- Administration 2- Correspondence 3- Writing 4- Research 5- Advertising 6- Finances 7- Legal 8- Artifacts/Ephemera 9- Audio-Visual 10- Published materials
Description Level
Fonds
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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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Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1974-2009
Scope and Content
The CLGRO fonds contains records pertaining to the operation and activities of the organization. There are financial records, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, projects the coalition was involved in, as well as records pertaining to external and member groups, and records collected for …
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Object
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
1974-2009
Part Of
Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds
Fonds Number
F0044
Language
English
Physical Description
958 cm of textual records 164 Graphic materials 70 colour photographs [varying sizes] 1 polaroid photograph 1 black and white photograph 85 photographic slides 7 posters 32 Audio Visual materials 24 Audio Cassettes 1 Audio reel 7 video cassettes 17 Artifacts 1 white corrugated plastic sign 3 banners 4 plaques 1 matchbook 5 buttons 2 stamps 1 t-shirt 114 Electronic records 105 3 ½ in. floppy disks 6 5 ¼ in. floppy disks 1 512MB USB drive 4 CD-R
Physical Condition
Majority of records are in good condition. The electronic records have not been assessed for physical condition.
History / Biographical
For a complete administrative history of the CLGRO please see Appendix A and B of this finding aid, which are pamphlets the organization produced to chronicle their own history in timeline form. The administrative history below cannot be so all encompassing. The Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario (initially the Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario) began on January 18 and 19th, 1975. The administrative records from this time largely feature Harold Desmarais overseeing the administration out of a house, 29 Granby Street in Toronto. CGRO was a incorporated not-for-profit coalition organization with the goal to fight for the liberation of the gay and lesbian community in Ontario. At its founding it was made up of 9 groups from around Ontario, but grew to consist of around 30 member groups (this number fluctuated) and hundreds of individual members. They ceased operation ca. 2007-2008. The organization had several administrators throughout its 30+ year history, evident through the records. Their coalition’s focus was always to fight for LGBTQ+ rights publicly and legislatively. The coalition was involved in and initiated several briefs, lobbied for and against various bills, succeeding in one of their central issues, which was for the inclusion of sexual orientation (Bill 7) in the Ontario Human Rights Code. They held educational tours (traveling slideshows around the province), conferences, resource sessions for other activists, and started a university for activists. Coalition members, and group representatives travelled around the province for a number of years as steering committee and annual meetings were held in various cities and towns, however this practice was not maintained throughout the organization’s operation. The Coalition staff themselves, as well as the Coalition groups were the leaders of rallies, protests and community meetings. Liaising with politicians, lobbying government and other organizations. CLGRO had several long term administrators and volunteers, including Harold Desmarais, Tom Warner, Christine Donald, and Nick Mule. The following are several excerpts paraphrased from the CLGRO’s organizational history pamphlet “Way to Go” found in appendix A In February 1975 CGRO established the Committee to Defend John Damien, in support of Damien who was fired from the Ontario Racing Commission for his sexual orientation. CGRO held rallies and benefits for Damien demanding he be reinstated and sexual orientation be made one of the key issues for the 1975 provincial election. This is also around the time when CGRO finished its first brief to the legislature The Homosexual Minority in Ontario, which was presented to the Ontario Human Rights Commission and showcased instances of discrimination in housing and jobs, outlining a series of demands for lesbian and gay rights. In March 1978 CGRO’s second brief, Discrimination and the Gay Minority, was presented at Queen’s Park press conference and gained support from a Toronto Star editorial and a Globe and Mail Queen’s Park columnist. In September of the same year, CGRO’s Never Going Back conference changed the coalition’s structure allowing for the inclusion of individual members. In April 1981 CGRO’s third brief, The Ontario Human Rights Omission, was presented to MPPs. In June a CGRO delegation appeared before the legislative committee for a hearing on Bill 7. Then in August CGRO presented their brief to Arnold Bruner at a public meeting on gay-police relations at Jarvis Collegiate in Toronto. In February 1982 CGRO released The Gay Organizer with the Right to Privacy Committee, an organizing manual for lesbian and gay activists, launching it at the Doing It! national conference. They also reprinted their educational tabloid, Who Are These People and What Do They Want? and committed themselves to producing a What is CGRO? slide show. In September 1982 the first CGRO bike-a-thon held on the Toronto Islands. In April 1986 CGRO presented a draft fourth brief to the Ontario Legislature, documenting cases of discrimination and urging protection. Then in May CGRO held a press conference at Queen’s Park to publicize the brief. Later that day, the Justice Committee amends Bill 7 to include the addition of “sexual orientation” in the Ontario Human Rights Code. In October 1986 (with a grant from the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal) CGRO produced their finalized fourth brief, Discrimination Against Lesbians and Gay Men: the Ontario Human Rights Omission. On December 2, 1986 the “Sexual Orientation” amendment was passed by the Ontario Legislature after two weeks of debate and media attention. John Damien lived to see this change but died on Christmas Eve, three weeks later of pancreatic cancer. In September 1987 CGRO changed its name to Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO), and in March 1988 they adopted a new mission statement. CLGRO received $375,000 in April 1992 from Health and Welfare Canada to fund three years of Project Affirmation, a project which studied the health and social service needs of minorities in Ontario. In 1993 they received another $75,000 for outreach work. Then in July 1992 CLGRO published their Happy Families brief, which surveyed 79 discriminatory provincial laws against same-sex relationships. The brief proposed amended wording, and an inclusive definition of “spouse”. CLGRO also called for the establishment of a relationship registry system where registered same-sex relationships would have the same rights and obligations as registered opposite-sex relationships. In November 1992 CLGRO received its letters patent as an incorporated, non-profit organization. In February 1993 Tom Warner, founding CLGRO member was appointed Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Then in May 1993 CLGRO adopted a bylaw adding bisexuals to CLGRO’s mission statement and policies. Another bylaw was added to broaden CLGRO’s objectives recognizing that lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men experience the world differently “depending on their sex, race, age, class dis/ability, language, and other factors, and that for many of us the struggle for equality for bisexuals, lesbians, and gay men cannot be separated from other campaigns for justice in which we are engaged.” They then co-sponsored “Taking the Next Step”, a brief presented by the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Task Force (LEGIT) to the Federal Minister of Immigration, which called for same-sex spousal relationships to be recognized in Canadian immigration policy. In May 1994 CLGRO members Tom Warner and Mary-Woo Sims co-founded the Campaign for Equal Families (CEF), which coordinated and lobbied for the passage of Bill 167, the CLGRO Working Group on Relationship Recognition subsumed into CEF. CEF hired organizers and secured letters and signatures from over 20,000 people in support of Bill 167. They also raised $60,000 to fund the campaign. On June 9, 1994 Bill 167 was defeated on second reading by 68-59 votes. “Shame” was shouted from the public galleries and thousands protested the bill’s defeat later that evening. The Campaign for Equal Families became a permanent organization separate from CLGRO. In January 1995 CLGRO celebrated its 20th anniversary and the Rainbow Directory was launched in the same month. In September, “Pass it On” a historical exhibit sponsored by CLGRO, the Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal, and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives opened and held panel discussions. In May 1996 the first newsletter of the Sexual Orientation in Education Project (SOEP) a CLGRO working group was published. Then in September ON GUARD - a Critique of Project Guardian, a brief written by the Homophile Association of London and CLGRO was also released. In May 1997 Systems Failure, Project Affirmation’s report was released at a press conference in London. In May of the following year CLGRO was restructured to reduce meetings and newsletters to three a year. CLGRO called for the amendment of the Criminal Code to institute a uniform age of consent for anal intercourse in 1998, to conform with the May 1995 Ontario Court of Appeal Carmen M decision. Then in September of 1998 CLGRO declared their opposition to the deportation of Shadmith Chavez to Mexico. In March 1999 CLGRO participated in an OHRC seminar on disability issues and the Human Rights Code, addressing issues around sexual orientation and lesbian, gays and bisexuals with disabilities. On October 25, 1999 the Harris government introduced “Bill 5, An Act to Amend Certain Statutes Because of the Supreme Court of Canada in Decision M v. H.” The bill changed 67 laws, introduced “same-sex partner” as a term, and gave same-sex relationships almost all the rights and responsibilities that opposite-sex common-law relationships have. However it failed to change the Ontario Income Tax Act which used the same definition as the Federal Act. CLGRO supported bill 5 despite the offensive title and “its rhetoric aimed at placating its social conservative constituency (the government says it was forced to act by the Supreme Court and that it has preserved in law the use of the terms “spouse” and “marital status” to apply only to heterosexual relationships).” In November 1999, CLGRO and various other community groups hold a media conference opposing new Toronto police chief Julian Fantino, due to his actions as chief during Project Guardian in London. In February 2000 “Are We Spouses Yet?” a new CLGRO leaflet written by Christine Donald was approved for distribution and provided information on the changes in legal recognition of same-sex couples in Ontario, since Bill 5 (Oct 1999) gave couples almost the same standing as heterosexual common-law couples. June 2000 CLGRO was Honoured group in the Toronto Pride Parade for their 25th Anniversary. CLGRO marched with the banner, while Tom Warner and Marie Robertson sat in the cadillac convertible behind the Grand Marshals. CLGRO sponsored “Queers Making Noise - Activism of All Ages” a forum organized by Supporting Our Youth (SOY) as part of the Rainbow Millennium Celebration. In June 2000, Tom Warner (25 years), Christine Donald (20 years), and Nick Mule (10 years) are all honoured for their volunteer work by the Ontario government in a ceremony. In April 2001 CLGRO launched “Liberation in the 00s” a project to figure out where the community is at and where they want to go, and what makes CLGRO different from other groups. The Project Affirmation follow up continued, CLGRO held meetings with healthcare and social service representatives. They eventually formed a CLGRO reference group called the Rainbow Health Network. In May 2001 the Steering Committee set priorities: to gain prejudice-free workplace; youth issues (coming out issues, age of consent, sex education, prejudice-free schools; relationship recognition; access to health and welfare services; policing and law issues. CLGRO joined LEAF, NAC, EGALE and others in the intervenor coalition to fight Scott Brockie’s appeal of the OHRC tribunal’s February 2000 ruling that his printing firm ‘Imaging Excellence’ should pay the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives $5000 damages for his 1996 refusal - on Christian gounds - to print their letterhead. Nancy Nicol received a $50,000 “established artist grant” from the Canada Council for the Arts for a documentary on lesbian and gay rights in Ontario focussing on CLGRO. In September 2001 Tom Warner and Greg Pavelich assisted with the formation of the broadly based Toronto Police Accountability Coalition and CLGRO becomes a member of a coalition of groups looking at the Ontarians with Disabilities Act. In April 2002, CLGRO supported Marc Hall by applying for an injunction allowing him to take his same-sex partner to his Catholic high school prom. In support of Hall, CLGRO wrote to the Minister of Education, they also presented him with the John Damien Award for his “outstanding contribution” to lesbian and gay rights in Ontario. Then in May 2002 Nancy Nicol’s film, Stand Together: A History of Ontario’s Gay Liberation Movement, Part I premiered at Inside/Out, featuring work by CLGRO. Tom Warner’s book Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada was launched in June, then in October the Rainbow Health Network was launched at the 519. In April 2003 the first meeting of the Bawdy House Laws Committee is organized and facilitated by CLGRO. Nick Mule presents on community development work on LGBTTIQ health and social service issues At Egale’s Rainbow Visions Conference at McGill University in May 2003. In May 2004 The John Damien award is given posthumously to Greg Pavelich. A joint CLGRO and Rainbow Health Network project proposal is accepted by the Canadian Rainbow Health Coalition providing funding from Health Canada to form partnerships with provincial health and social services professional associations to develop educational workshops for workers in those sectors about LGBTT issues, the goal was also to develop a Northern Ontario model for networks similar to the Rainbow Health Network, and to expanding the federal social determinants of health. In August 2004 CLGRO members launched a new committee in conjunction with bathhouse owners, health and political organizations to lobby for the repeal of bawdy-house and indecency laws, and to raise money to support court challenges. The following month Steering Committee member Louise Langalais became CLGRO Director as Treasurer, after Christine Donald’s resignation as Director, Christine however remained on as Office Manager. In the same month CLGRO applied for charitable status. CLGRO continued to lobby for governmental changes around LGBTQ+ rights, for health and social services, they ceased operation from 2007-2008
Scope and Content
The CLGRO fonds contains records pertaining to the operation and activities of the organization. There are financial records, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, projects the coalition was involved in, as well as records pertaining to external and member groups, and records collected for the coalition’s own research and resource creation, such as clippings, periodicals, and other external materials. Contains series: 1- Administration 2- Correspondence 3- Finances 4- Projects 5- External Groups, Coalition members and others
Related Material
The ArQuives houses the materials of several of CLGRO’s administrators, organizers, and coalition groups. Information on these individuals and organizations can be sought through The ArQuives database.
Access Restrictions
The collection is open to researchers, however when publishing pseudonyms must be used for CLGRO membership lists, phone logs, and individual financial donation records. Please see file level restriction listings for details. Also restricted from publication is any banking information and any social insurance numbers that the archivist may not have seen while culling and may still sit in the fonds.
Copyright
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from The ArQuives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that The ArQuives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).\ Preferred citation: Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario fonds, F0044, The ArQuives, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Conservation
Binders, duotangs, folders, and paperclips were removed. A/V material, electronic material, and graphic materials have been physically removed for appropriate storage.
Arrangement
Fonds have been arranged into series and subseries of best fit. Original order of records within those subseries has largely been maintained. Electronic records have not been reviewed, arranged, or described.
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
1982-016, 1983-012, 1984-001, 1984-020, 1986-005, 1986-028, 1986-028, 1989-006, 1990-032, 1993-070, 1991-167, 1995-109, 1996-026, 1997-019, 1998-017, 1999-006, 2000-067, 2003-007, 2003-060, 2009-070. Accessions unable to locate at the time of processing: 1987-010, 1990-119, 1997-039, 1998-128, 2002-016, 2003-016, 2003-097
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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
LGBT Youth Line fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1993- 2017
Scope and Content
The fonds contains the administrative records of LGBT Youth Line dating from 1993 to 2017. It documents the organization’s operations, its outreach and fundraising efforts, and its involvement in special projects, events and conferences throughout the province of Ontario. It includes reports, minut…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Object
Graphic material
Sound recording
Moving image
Date Range
1993- 2017
Part Of
LGBT Youth Line fonds
Fonds Number
F0121
Language
English
Physical Description
35cm of textual records 23 posters: col., 7 mounted on wood 2 CD-ROMS 1 DVD 3 plaques: 20.5 x 27.5cm or smaller 1 button
Physical Condition
Records are in good conditions.
Scope and Content
The fonds contains the administrative records of LGBT Youth Line dating from 1993 to 2017. It documents the organization’s operations, its outreach and fundraising efforts, and its involvement in special projects, events and conferences throughout the province of Ontario. It includes reports, minutes, newsletters, posters, correspondence, certificates and awards.
Storage Location
1,2,3: C.05.03.04 4: A.07.05.04 M.C.6.1 A.V.5.4
Access Restrictions
The collection is open to researchers.
Arrangement
Contains series: 1- Administration 2- Outreach 3- Special Events and Fundraising 4- Programming Materials and Resources
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2019-049
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Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds

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Collection
Archives
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Date Range
1990–2008
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of materials related to Mirha-Soleil Ross’ time living in Toronto, from the early 1990s until 2008, and include published work and drafts in multiple formats, correspondence, press materials, notes, financial records, and clippings. These materials document several aspects of Ms.…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Textual records
Moving image
Sound recording
Graphic material
Date Range
1990–2008
Part Of
Mirha-Soleil Ross fonds
Creator
Mirha-Soleil Ross
Fonds Number
F0033
Physical Description
172 cm of textual records 139 VHS 95 Audio cassettes 60 7” vinyl records 29 posters approx. 25 photographs 23 Beta 14 Video 8 13 Hi8 10 ¼” open reels 8 CDs 3 U-matic 1 MiniDV 1 DVD
Extent
1.72 m
Physical Condition
Some video tapes have degraded in their condition. Overall the textual material is in good condition, however some receipts have faded significantly.
History / Biographical
Mirha-Soleil Ross is a transsexual artist, activist, and sex worker best known for her video and performance art, and her role as editor of the zine GenderTrash from Hell. Ross was born in and spent her childhood in a working class francophone neighborhood of Montréal. In the late eighties, she attended Université du Québec à Montréal for theatre studies, and began working in the sex industry under the names Jeanne B and Janou. She began documenting her experiences in sex work with video diaries at this time, and it is from this period that her first extant film, “Adventures in Tucking with Jeanne B,” originates. Ross moved to Toronto in the early nineties, by which time she was living and working openly as a transsexual woman. Before long, Ross and her partner Xanthra Phillipa MacKay began a period of intense activism and artistic output motivated by their experiences as trans women. This included the publication of four issues of GenderTrash From Hell -- a fiercely political zine that championed the rights of multiply marginalized groups like trans sex workers and trans prisoners and often included explicitly sexual creative work submitted by trans people -- as well as the documentary film “Gender Troublemakers.” Through the latter part of the nineties, Ross continued her work in film and performance, often in collaboration with her partner Mark Karbusicky. With support from Karbusicky and Mackay, Ross produced the first Counting Past Two film festival in 1997 in order to feature films and other creative work by transsexual and transgendered people. In 1997 Ross also founded and served as the first coordinator for MEAL-TRANS at the 519 Community Centre, a “social services program for low income and street-active transsexual and transgendered people” which included a weekly drop-in vegan meal (Vegan Voice 10). While all of her creative work generally addresses some aspects of trans experience, some of her films also serve a more clearly educational goal, such as “Madame Lauraine's Transsexual Touch” (2001) -- a sexually explicit film produced in collaboration with Viviane Namaste and Monica Forrester in order to educate the clients of trans sex workers on safer sex practices. As longtime vegan, Ross’s dedication to animal rights influences the entirety of her oeuvre, but is particularly visible in films such as “G-SPrOuT” (2000), the film/performance piece “Yapping Out Loud” (2002) and her work hosting the “Animal Voices” radio program on CIUT 89.5. When Ross was given the position of Grand Marshall in the 2002 Toronto Pride Parade, she used the opportunity to celebrate the previous 20 years of actions by the Animal Liberation Front (Vegan Voice 10), as documented in her film “Proud Lives.” Ross returned to the Montreal, Quebec, area in 2008, where she continues to reside.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of materials related to Mirha-Soleil Ross’ time living in Toronto, from the early 1990s until 2008, and include published work and drafts in multiple formats, correspondence, press materials, notes, financial records, and clippings. These materials document several aspects of Ms. Ross’ life and work, including her activism, art-practice, community outreach, sex work, and interviews, as well as representing the type of media she herself was consuming and which in turn informed her work. Records are mostly focused on Toronto, Montreal, and Canada.
Storage Location
/01-/06 : C.02.02.01 /07-/12 : C.02.02.02 /13-/15 : C.02.02.03 AV 6.4-6.6
Copyright
All material in the collection may be accessed by researchers, but three different kinds of access restrictions have been placed on what researchers may do with these materials. Additionally, researchers should be aware that the names of trans people who appear in the collection may no longer be in use (e.g. pre-transition names, nicknames or otherwise). Researchers should use great discretion to ensure the protection of and respect for people's privacy. In particular, researchers should not use the former names of individuals in these instances, and should ensure they use the name which respects the current/most recent (e.g. at the time of death) name used by the individual. Exceptions may arise, for example, in the case of artistic/performance names and personas. Materials are either: 1) fully open to researchers to view and quote from at will 2) “25 years, no direct quotes”: researchers may view the materials but are restricted from direct quotation, naming of subjects, any reproduction or licensing, until 25 years or until death of donor; 3) “50 years, no direct quotes”: researchers may view the materials but are restricted from direct quotation, naming of subjects, any reproduction or licensing, for 50 years or until death of donor. Additionally, regardless of Ms. Ross’ status, researchers should not identity the full names of others in the collection unless they know that person to be deceased (or can logically assume that they are deceased based on date), they know the person to be a public figure who is out as trans, or until the 25-50 year access restriction period has passed. The folder list indicates how these access restrictions are applied to specific materials in the collection. The finding aid holds additional information for some records.
Arrangement
Most of the materials were already organized into folders that reflect Ms. Ross’s personal filing system, created to maintain records of her finished work and work in progress. In these cases, the original folders have been replaced with new ones but the contents and naming conventions have been kept. However, this arrangement reflects the fact that the donors’ actively used and repurposed these materials. Since their filing conventions varied over time, folder titles can be inconsistent, or misleading, and similar or duplicate materials appear throughout the collection. The folders have been re-ordered into series that reflect the focus of Ms. Ross’s work. Some loose materials such as notebooks were re-housed in folders during processing. Fonds has been arranged into eight series: 1-Correspondence and Interviews 2-Artwork 3-Activism 4-GenderTrash / GenderPress 5-Clippings 6-Counting Past 2 7-Animal Voices 8-Yapping Out Loud
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2008-073, 2017-003
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
ca. 1990-2017
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, these are born-digital and phot…
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Electronic records
Graphic material
Moving image
Sound recording
Textual records
Date Range
ca. 1990-2017
Part Of
The Family Camera Network Project fonds
Fonds Number
F0064
Series Number
01
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, these are born-digital and photographs of photos sent by Ganguly's family in Mumbai. There are access and preservation copies of Ganguly'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 formats respectively. The .mxf format should not be used by researchers. Photos have been scanned to the lossless .tif format.
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2017-011
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Collection
Archives
Part Of
LGBT Youth Line fonds
Description Level
Series
Date Range
1994- 2014
Scope and Content
The series contains records that document the outreach efforts made by LGBT Youth Line dating from 1994 to 2014. It contains press releases, Volunteer Update and Life Line Newsletters, Youth Line posters and buttons, and newslippings and MTV and radio PSA press coverage on the organization.
Collection
Archives
Material Type
Sound recording
Moving image
Graphic material
Date Range
1994- 2014
Part Of
LGBT Youth Line fonds
Fonds Number
F0121
Series Number
02
Physical Description
1cm of textual records 9 posters: col., 3 mounted on wood 1 button 1 CD-ROM 1 DVD
Scope and Content
The series contains records that document the outreach efforts made by LGBT Youth Line dating from 1994 to 2014. It contains press releases, Volunteer Update and Life Line Newsletters, Youth Line posters and buttons, and newslippings and MTV and radio PSA press coverage on the organization.
Access Restrictions
Open
Description Level
Series
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