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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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Last updated: January 5, 2022 ACCESSING THE ARQUIVES In accordance with guidelines from the Ontario Provincial government and City of Toronto and out of an [...]

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It is with sadness that the Board of Directors announces Marcos Persaud’s departure as President and member of The ArQuives’s Board of Directors, effective November [...]

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