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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

Introducing ArQuives Intern, Henry

Henry Ding is a student pursuing a B.Arch/BFA in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). With a concentration in Politics & Policy, he explores how writing, politics, and design can coalesce and [...]

Artist in Residence Announcement: Jordan King

TheArQuives, in partnership with Archive/CounterArchive, is thrilled to announce that Jordan King will be Artist in Residence in celebration of The ArQuives’ 50th Anniversary. In September 2023, Toronto-based artist/curator Jordan King will present a multi-media [...]

Open House: June 17, 2023

Please join us on June 17, 2023, from 10 am to 5 pm to help celebrate our 50th anniversary. Learn more about The ArQuives with a house tour, explore the collection material in our gallery space, [...]



September 21 @ 7:00 pm - October 14 @ 5:00 pm


September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our Partners

Click any of our partners’ logos below to visit their respective websites.

Pride & Run
Pink Triangle Press
Pink Triangle Press
Community One