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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

The ArQuives has temporarily closed its physical exhibition space due to COVID-19. Check out our Past Exhibitions here. Check out our Digital Exhibitions here.

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What’s New

Exhibition: pack un pack – March 18-29, 2023

The ArQuives is hosting the reopening of the solo exhibition of artist and photographer Hamidah Hemani.  The show titled pack un pack will feature a series of large and small format photography, which provocatively explores [...]

Collections Development Plan 2023-2027

The ArQuives Collection Development Plan 2023- 2027 is a document to articulate collecting priorities for the organization over the next five years. This plan will allow The ArQuives to make consistent and transparent decisions regarding [...]

Call for Board Members 2023

Located in downtown Toronto, The ArQuives is one of the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. We are seeking strong candidates to submit self-nominations for our board of directors. We are looking for individuals [...]

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Our Partners

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