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What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

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National Portrait Collection

The National Portrait Collection (NPC) is a central part of our archival holdings at the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives (CLGA).more

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Every archive or library has to decide what kind of material it will gather, preserve, and make available. Factors shaping such decisions include: the institution's specific purpose and constituency; the limits of its human, physical and financial resources; and the availability of similar material held elsewhere by other archives or libraries.

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Explore highlights from the the world's largest independent collection of LGBTQ+ documentary heritage. Meet the people, places and organizations that have made a difference for LGBTQ+ Canada.

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Established in 2013, in celebration of our 40th Anniversary, the Guardians of the Archives are those individuals who generously commit $1000 and above annually to ensure we are able to cover those operational expenses that will house, protect and secure our stories - our treasures - for generations to come.

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ABOUT THE CANADIAN LESBIAN AND GAY ARCHIVES

Mandate

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives was established to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBT people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. To support this function, the Archives also maintains significant non-archival collections, which include a research library, international subject files, and an international collection of queer periodicals. It is our mandate to make this information available to the public for education and research. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of people – students, artists, journalists, lawyers, filmmakers – working on various projects.

History

Founded in 1973, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) has grown to become the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. After years of operating in tiny, cramped offices, the CLGA finally moved into our new home at 34 Isabella Street in September of 2009. Our house, which was built in 1858, has been extensively renovated for improved public engagement and we can now offer a large reading room, an art gallery, and a meeting room that can be rented by other community groups.

Given that the CLGA’s founders were also members of the collective that published The Body Politic, it should come as no surprise that our earliest holdings consisted of records from that influential gay and lesbian liberation newspaper. As the ’70s progressed and word of the Archives’ existence spread across the country, donations started pouring in from organizations and private individuals. These days, the CLGA preserves a wide range of material including personal papers, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, periodicals, and clipping files. However, unlike many more traditional archives, we also collect artifacts like buttons, board games, t-shirts, and banners. As if this weren’t enough to keep researchers busy, we also have a reference library and a rare book collection. Our National Portrait Collection, established in 1998, honours those that have made a significant contribution to LGBT life in Canada.

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News & Updates from the CLGA

Flashback 3000 | CLGA’s Annual Dinner & Auction

Flashback 3000 | CLGA’s Annual Dinner & Auction

The future is now. CLGA’s premier event is back for its 5th year. TD Bank is proud to present Flashback 3000 November 18, 2017 Bram and Bluma Appel Salon Toronto Reference Library A night of dinner, dancing and live auction in support of The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Enter the final frontier and celebrate… Read More

What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

We don’t play our cards close to our chest at the CLGA. Quite the contrary! We have a fascinating collection of playing cards available for researchers to shuffle through without the risk of upsetting the dealer. While some may dismiss these as just novelty items, playing cards offer valuable insights into the mainstream history of… Read More

Lucie Handley-Girard hired as Archivist

Lucie Handley-Girard hired as Archivist

I was officially hired as an Archivist for the CLGA last Friday. It seemed however, that I have been here since last summer when I was Archives Assistant as a student at U of T’s iSchool. Now that I have completed my Masters of Information I am happy to begin processing collections on a full… Read More

Charly Wreggitt joins the CLGA!

Charly Wreggitt joins the CLGA!

Charly Wreggitt is currently serving as the archives assistant for the summer of 2017. She is going into her second year of a Masters of Information degree at the University of Toronto with a collaborative degree in Sexual Diversity Studies. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and a MA from McMaster University,… Read More

Flashback 3000 | CLGA’s Annual Dinner & Auction

Flashback 3000 | CLGA’s Annual Dinner & Auction

The future is now. CLGA’s premier event is back for its 5th year. TD Bank is proud to present Flashback 3000 November 18, 2017 Bram and Bluma Appel Salon Toronto Reference Library A night of dinner, dancing and live auction in support of The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Enter the final frontier and celebrate… Read More

What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

We don’t play our cards close to our chest at the CLGA. Quite the contrary! We have a fascinating collection of playing cards available for researchers to shuffle through without the risk of upsetting the dealer. While some may dismiss these as just novelty items, playing cards offer valuable insights into the mainstream history of… Read More

Lucie Handley-Girard hired as Archivist

Lucie Handley-Girard hired as Archivist

I was officially hired as an Archivist for the CLGA last Friday. It seemed however, that I have been here since last summer when I was Archives Assistant as a student at U of T’s iSchool. Now that I have completed my Masters of Information I am happy to begin processing collections on a full… Read More

Charly Wreggitt joins the CLGA!

Charly Wreggitt joins the CLGA!

Charly Wreggitt is currently serving as the archives assistant for the summer of 2017. She is going into her second year of a Masters of Information degree at the University of Toronto with a collaborative degree in Sexual Diversity Studies. She holds a BA from the University of Manitoba and a MA from McMaster University,… Read More

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

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

Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
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@clga.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 Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives 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 CLGA 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.