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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

A Broader Representation of the People Who Are Part of Our Communities and The ArQuives’ Collections

By: Miguel Garcia-Martin

The new ArQuives logo

In March 2019, The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives changed its name. Today, we are known as The ArQuives, a name we believe more accurately reflects the diversity of our communities, the people and communities that are already represented in our collection. We spent 6-months reaching out to our stakeholders and recognized the growing number of underrepresented people; most notably trans, queer, bisexual, and 2-spirited folks. We conducted online surveys, one-on-one interviews and scanned the broader spaces. Our goal was a name that would carry on our legacy and advance our expanding role as a vital resource and repository. In early 2018, we selected the name The ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives and started working on our visual identity.  Over time, it is through our actions and programming that our new identity will garner significant meaning to our stakeholders.

“Changing the name gave us an opportunity to show LGBTQ2+ communities that we are actively trying to make our space and collections more inclusive,” Ms. Swanson said. “Trans, bisexual, queer, and 2-spirit folks are no longer excluded from our name, which is often the first point of engagement with our organization,” she added.

The name change coincides with the launching of our online database, another way we are becoming more accessible to the community at large. We are digitizing our collection, and the database will allow members of the public and academics from around the world to search through that collection.

In coming weeks, we’ll be announcing community events, including an open house. It is all part of our service to the community – all of it.

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

A Broader Representation of the People Who Are Part of Our Communities and The ArQuives’ Collections

By: Miguel Garcia-Martin

The new ArQuives logo

In March 2019, The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives changed its name. Today, we are known as The ArQuives, a name we believe more accurately reflects the diversity of our communities, the people and communities that are already represented in our collection. We spent 6-months reaching out to our stakeholders and recognized the growing number of underrepresented people; most notably trans, queer, bisexual, and 2-spirited folks. We conducted online surveys, one-on-one interviews and scanned the broader spaces. Our goal was a name that would carry on our legacy and advance our expanding role as a vital resource and repository. In early 2018, we selected the name The ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives and started working on our visual identity.  Over time, it is through our actions and programming that our new identity will garner significant meaning to our stakeholders.

“Changing the name gave us an opportunity to show LGBTQ2+ communities that we are actively trying to make our space and collections more inclusive,” Ms. Swanson said. “Trans, bisexual, queer, and 2-spirit folks are no longer excluded from our name, which is often the first point of engagement with our organization,” she added.

The name change coincides with the launching of our online database, another way we are becoming more accessible to the community at large. We are digitizing our collection, and the database will allow members of the public and academics from around the world to search through that collection.

In coming weeks, we’ll be announcing community events, including an open house. It is all part of our service to the community – all of it.

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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

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.

CONSTRUCTION NOTICE:

As we continue our efforts to make The ArQuives more accessible, we are renovating the front of the house to add a ramp to the front entrance. Please note that there will not be any construction work done during public service hours. Should there be any disruptions affecting our access to the front door and/or work in the house during this process, we will post a notice as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to make The ArQuives more accessible to all. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the Executive Director, Raegan Swanson, at executivedirector@arquives.ca


The ArQuives is located on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the 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.