Small Organization, Big Impact
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.
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.
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.
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.