Keeping Our Stories Alive

The ArQuives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. Its mandate is to: Acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada; and Maintain a research library, international research files, and an international collection of queer and trans periodicals.

The ArQuives is the largest independent LGBTQ2+ Archives in the world and since 1973 the only LGBTQ2+ archives in Canada with a national scope, read further about our history and mission.

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Education Resources

Our Education Resources were developed and crafted to support educators in incorporating queer and trans perspectives into Grade 9-12 English and History curricula.

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ArQuives Collection

Our Collection can be searched online. Search by keyword, collection, organization, person, media, artifact type, among other options.

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Our Exhibits

Our current and past Exhibitions are listed on our programming page here. Check out our online Digital Exhibitions anytime.

What’s New

The story behind processing the Sue Wells fonds

My name is Lily Holland, and for 4 weeks this fall, I Interned at The ArQuives, and processed the Sue Wells fonds. As a PhD student based in Bristol, England, I was funded by the [...]

Roundtable on Trans Histories + Activism in Toronto

Myseum of Toronto and The ArQuives held a roundtable discussion about trans activism in Toronto between the 1960s and 1990s in April of 2023. Speakers Monica Forrester, Mirha-Soleil Ross, and Rupert Raj reflected on some of their foundational actions [...]

International Queer Solidarity with Palestine

Full statement and information here: We, as LGBTQIA+ individuals, groups, organisations, and artists around the world, stand in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation movement. We urge all governments to demand an immediate ceasefire and [...]

Job Posting: Project Coordinator

Located in Toronto, Ontario, The ArQuives is one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world and is celebrating 50 years of Keeping LGBTQ2+ Stories Alive. The ArQuives acquires, preserves, and provides public access to [...]

Our Partners

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Pride & Run
Pink Triangle Press
Pink Triangle Press
Community One