KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE

The ArQuives - How We Move Forward and Continue to Keep our Stories Alive!

The ArQuives – How We Move Forward and Continue to Keep our Stories Alive!

The ArQuives – How We Move Forward and Continue to Keep our Stories Alive!

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By: Raegan Swanson, Jessica Taylor

The ArQuives closed our doors to the public on March 14, 2020 and staff started working from home as of March 16. We have been updating and creating policy and procedures, writing grants, and working to postpone or cancel spring events. Our weekly meetings via Zoom help keep us informed about each other’s activities and offer support during this time of isolation.

The ArQuives building will remain closed to all staff and volunteers based on government and health officers’ recommendations. Our employees will return to the office only when non-essential workers are able to go back to work. At this point, there will be staggered days for staff to go into the building to ensure their abilities to socially distance. As archival collection processing cannot be done offsite, archivists will be the first to return to the building, followed by administrative and programming staff. Only once all Ontario businesses are allowed to reopen will we begin to welcome volunteers back in the building, and on a limited basis to ensure the safety of our supporters. We will have more information on these steps when Toronto Public Health and Public Health Ontario have set the dates for the phased re-opening of the province.

At this time, while we are closed, only collections that are in danger of being destroyed will be accepted as donations. Material donations will be accepted as normal when we reopen to the public. Staff are monitoring phone, email, and mail and will answer questions from the public should there be any queries.

We know this global pandemic has been affecting our LGBTQ2+ communities here in Canada and around the world. Our stories are essential to understanding the impact and meaning of this crisis. Like many non-profit and cultural organizations across the country, our fundraising efforts for the year have been hampered by COVID-19, as our March 2020 Gala was cancelled. Ticket holders were given the opportunity to donate the cost of their ticket and many did. Monetary donations are being accepted as normal during this period and all tax receipts for 2019 monetary donations were mailed to our supporters before the doors were closed. We are forgoing our usual direct mail letter this spring and opting for a digital fundraising campaign. Please watch our website and social media for more information on how you can help us continue to Keep our Stories Alive.

We hope you are all able to stay as a safe as possible and look forward to engaging with all of our volunteers and supporters online now and in-person as soon we can.

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Raegan Swanson exeutivedirector@arquives.ca

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The ArQuives – How We Move Forward and Continue to Keep our Stories Alive!

The ArQuives – How We Move Forward and Continue to Keep our Stories Alive!

[Photo description: fan of pink masks on a blue background. Credit: Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash]

By: Raegan Swanson, Jessica Taylor

The ArQuives closed our doors to the public on March 14, 2020 and staff started working from home as of March 16. We have been updating and creating policy and procedures, writing grants, and working to postpone or cancel spring events. Our weekly meetings via Zoom help keep us informed about each other’s activities and offer support during this time of isolation.

The ArQuives building will remain closed to all staff and volunteers based on government and health officers’ recommendations. Our employees will return to the office only when non-essential workers are able to go back to work. At this point, there will be staggered days for staff to go into the building to ensure their abilities to socially distance. As archival collection processing cannot be done offsite, archivists will be the first to return to the building, followed by administrative and programming staff. Only once all Ontario businesses are allowed to reopen will we begin to welcome volunteers back in the building, and on a limited basis to ensure the safety of our supporters. We will have more information on these steps when Toronto Public Health and Public Health Ontario have set the dates for the phased re-opening of the province.

At this time, while we are closed, only collections that are in danger of being destroyed will be accepted as donations. Material donations will be accepted as normal when we reopen to the public. Staff are monitoring phone, email, and mail and will answer questions from the public should there be any queries.

We know this global pandemic has been affecting our LGBTQ2+ communities here in Canada and around the world. Our stories are essential to understanding the impact and meaning of this crisis. Like many non-profit and cultural organizations across the country, our fundraising efforts for the year have been hampered by COVID-19, as our March 2020 Gala was cancelled. Ticket holders were given the opportunity to donate the cost of their ticket and many did. Monetary donations are being accepted as normal during this period and all tax receipts for 2019 monetary donations were mailed to our supporters before the doors were closed. We are forgoing our usual direct mail letter this spring and opting for a digital fundraising campaign. Please watch our website and social media for more information on how you can help us continue to Keep our Stories Alive.

We hope you are all able to stay as a safe as possible and look forward to engaging with all of our volunteers and supporters online now and in-person as soon we can.

If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Raegan Swanson exeutivedirector@arquives.ca

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CONTACT US


Telephone: 416-777-2755
Email: queeries@arquives.ca

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

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

PUBLIC HOURS

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 queeries@arquives.ca after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS:

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