Celebrate our 50th Anniversary all year long and have your story featured in our Anniversary Collection.

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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Support Canada’s largest lgbtq2+ archives

Support Canada’s largest lgbtq2+ archives

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.

What’s New

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, [...]

Job posting: Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Located in Toronto, Ontario, The ArQuives is one of the largest LGBTQ2+ archives in the world.  Focusing on Canadian content, The ArQuives acquires, preserves, and provides public access to information and collections in any medium.  [...]

2022 AGM

The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives invites you to the 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Monday, May 8, 2023, at 6:00 PM EST via Zoom Any member of the public is invited to attend. Members will [...]

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 [...]



June 1 @ 7:00 pm - July 22 @ 6:00 pm


June 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Queer Trivia: 2SLGBTQIA+ Stories

June 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 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