As part of our ongoing work to offer transparency to LGBTQ2+ communities about what is and is not a part of our collection, The ArQuives commissioned a report detailing the contents of our library, archives, artifact, and reference collections. The Collections Review took place from 2021 to 2022 with the support of Inclusive Voices, who worked with our collections staff to evaluate a sample (7%) of the collection to look for trends that speak to who is or is not represented.

The report, researched and written by Inclusive Voices, outlines recommendations and opportunities for The ArQuives. The report considers past and current collecting practices and incorporates feedback, thoughts, and ideas from the voices of volunteers, staff, community organizations, and archivists across Canada.

Based on the Report’s recommendations, The ArQuives has created a Collections Development Plan to guide our collecting from 2023-2027. The Collection Development Plan will be revisited by staff and volunteers yearly, and the Board of Directors and Executive Directors will report our progress in our Annual Report. If you have questions about this report, please contact our Executive Director.

You can read the full report here: Collection and Community Engagement Review – Recommendations Report: Recognizing Opportunities

Associated documents: Collection Development Plan 2023-2027 (forthcoming January 2023)