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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fonds contains the following series:
10- Published materials