Our Impact

Small Organization, Big Impact

Our Outreach

We are a focal point for LGBTQ2+ history and outreach in Toronto, conducting tours and presentations to more than 1,800 people annually.  Over the years, our partnership with educators introduced thousands of youth to past and current LGBTQ2+ movements, struggles and achievements. We also have collaborative relationships with community organizations, academic centers, and other non-profits, and our archival material is regularly featured in exhibitions across Canada.

Our Outreach in numbers

Our Services

The ArQuives is dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and collecting the stories and histories of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada. Since 1973, we have acquired a wide range of important artifacts that speak to personal experiences and significant historical moments for LGBTQ2+ communities in our country. We’ve grown to be an important institutional service provider for academics who work on our collections. The ArQuives also has a critical role to play as a resource to historians, documentary filmmakers, artists, writers and playwrights.

“The ArQuives is one of the most welcoming archives I have ever visited. The outreach and archival staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and clearly care about the material held in The ArQuives. As a non-binary person I greatly appreciated the efforts staff took to facilitate the sharing of pronouns at the start of a tour. This seemingly small act made my experience much more comfortable and enjoyable.”—Krista McCracken, Archives Supervisor, Algoma University

Our Collections

Our ever expanding collections are unique, and as a whole serve to give voice to the lives, the struggles, and accomplishments of LGBTQ2+ communities. The archives hold a wide range of artifacts including memorabilia, pins, t-shirts, periodicals, audio and video documentation, oral histories, personal papers, organizational records, and so much more. These objects are priceless as they represent the broad expression of LGBTQ2+ life at various points in history and serve as a testament to our past, which will inform our destiny.

“When The 519 was approached by Canada Post to launch a stamp commemorating the fight for marriage equality, partnering with The ArQuives to create an installation charting the history of the movement was a top priority…The ArQuives produced a remarkable public installation that highlighted the voices, sacrifices, and hard work that our communities put into this movement. The conversations with and remembrances from our community members that the piece evoked led us to leaving the installation up for much longer than we had anticipated.” —Curran Stikuts, Community Organizer, The 519

Our Small Organization, and Big Impact

We need your support in order to expand, preserve, and keep our shared LGBTQ2+ stories alive.  Despite our small size, our collection, outreach and archiving has a huge impact on, and activates the LGBTQ2+ narratives in Canada and around the world. Your financial support to The ArQuives will go a long way to helping us sustain and grow this impact. Your gift will go towards the continued digitization of our collection, the archiving of newly acquired collections, greater outreach initiatives, and showcasing of our collections to the broader community. Donate to The ArQuives today.



Telephone: 416-777-2755

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

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


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

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

Please note that The ArQuives offices will be closed for winter holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020. We will resume normal hours on January 7, 2020. All reference requests made to after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.


Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at 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.

The ArQuives has an access ramp to the front door and a lift from the first floor to the second floor. There are volunteers available to operate the lift. 

 There is an accessible washroom on the first floor. All washrooms are gender-neutral. 

 The ArQuives is a scent-free environment. 

 Please contact The ArQuives if you have any specific questions about accessibility that we can help with at