Donate Your Records

Who donates to The ArQuives?

YOU DO! We are interested in preserving the records and legacy of LGBTQ2+ stories and lives, and we welcome your legacy to become part of ours. We recognize that the LGBTQ2+ community is rich and complex, and we especially welcome stories from those that have not traditionally seen themselves reflected in The ArQuives collection.
We need you now more than ever.

Interested in donating?

Our collecting interests include, but are not necessarily limited to: personal and organizational records, books, periodicals, love letters, journals, visual art, newspapers, photographic materials, audio/visual materials, clothes, costumes, sex toys, broadsides, posters, flyers, artifacts, and electronic media. Material in any format may be donated as long as it can be accommodated and preserved.

Preparing materials?

If you are considering donating books or artifact to The ArQuives, please compile a list or briefly describe the items and send it to and we will get back to you. If you are interested in donating personal or organisational papers, it is not necessary to organize your items before you bring them to the The ArQuives. You can drop them off as is.

Dropping off material

Donations can be made during our Public Service Hours:

6:30pm – 9pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 1pm – 5pm on Fridays


Each donation requires a Deed of Gift Agreement to be completed, with a signature from the donor confirming the terms of the donation. You can review and/or fill out the Deed of Gift before you bring material in (or email us for a copy). We can also answer any questions you might have about the agreement.

Not ready to part with your records just yet?

The ArQuives allows for the transfer of materials at a later date. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about planning to make a donation in your will.

Further inquiries

For more information, to queery about an item you want to donate, or make a donation outside our public service hours please contact


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