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ABOUT THE ARQUIVES

We are Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archive. We collect and maintain collections related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada, including books, archival papers, artifacts, photographs, and art. Founded in 1973, we have grown to become the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archive in the world.

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News & Updates from The ArQuives

The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Inducts Four New Portraits to Their National Portrait Collection

The ArQuives National Portrait Collection was founded in 1998 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization. The collection includes 75 portraits of people who have made a significant impact on Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community.  The ArQuives is pleased to announce the induction of 4 new members to our National Portrait Collection: El-Farouk Khaki, David… Read More

Banbury Cakes from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

Banbury Cakes from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

The sun is finally out. The mercury has finally risen. It’s time to shake the spiders off that neglected patio set and take advantage of a warm summer morning the best way we know how: brunch! Read More

Official Opening of The ArQuive’s Ramp and Lift

Official Opening of The ArQuive’s Ramp and Lift

Come and help us celebrate the official opening of The ArQuive’s ramp and lift!  Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Guest Speakers 1:00pm – 1:30pm Location: The ArQuives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1 This event will acknowledge the financial support of the Federal Government, Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of… Read More

The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives Inducts Four New Portraits to Their National Portrait Collection

The ArQuives National Portrait Collection was founded in 1998 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the organization. The collection includes 75 portraits of people who have made a significant impact on Canada’s LGBTQ2+ community.  The ArQuives is pleased to announce the induction of 4 new members to our National Portrait Collection: El-Farouk Khaki, David… Read More

Banbury Cakes from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

Banbury Cakes from The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

The sun is finally out. The mercury has finally risen. It’s time to shake the spiders off that neglected patio set and take advantage of a warm summer morning the best way we know how: brunch! Read More

Official Opening of The ArQuive’s Ramp and Lift

Official Opening of The ArQuive’s Ramp and Lift

Come and help us celebrate the official opening of The ArQuive’s ramp and lift!  Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Guest Speakers 1:00pm – 1:30pm Location: The ArQuives, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1 This event will acknowledge the financial support of the Federal Government, Ontario Trillium Foundation, The City of… Read More

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Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9

PUBLIC HOURS

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at queeries@arquives.ca listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.


The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.