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

2024 Call for Board Directors

The ArQuives is one of the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world and the only archive in Canada with a mandate to collect at a national level. Located in Toronto, The ArQuives was founded [...]

Queer Cinema for Palestine: Foggy

The ArQuives co-presented Queer Cinema for Palestine's: Foggy screening this week. You can now view the films online. How can family memories inform solidarity? How can avant-garde voices engaging the past contribute to activism today? [...]

Call for Exhibition Proposals

The Curatorial Committee at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives is seeking exhibition proposals from contemporary artists and curators working with archival themes and materials for an exhibition in the Spring of 2024. This call for [...]

The story behind processing the Sue Wells fonds

My name is Lily Holland, and for 4 weeks this fall, I Interned at The ArQuives, and processed the Sue Wells fonds. As a PhD student based in Bristol, England, I was funded by the [...]

Our Partners

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