What’s in the Archives? Playing Cards!

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What's In The Archives?

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CLGA's Digital Collection

Explore highlights from the CLGA’s collections of personal and organizational papers, artefacts, ephemera and more! more

National Portrait Collection

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

Connect With Our Collections

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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Digital Collection

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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Please Donate

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

We collect and maintain information related to LGBTQ2+ life in Canada. We gather material on people, organizations, issues and events. We store artifacts, allow for public display and secure them for the future. We are the largest independent LGBTQ2+ archives in the world. We are a charity founded in 1973 and we rely mostly on donations from the public.

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News & Updates from the CLGA

Request for Proposals: Museum Feasibility Study Consultant

Summary and Background The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives seeks proposals for a consultant to guide the organization in reaching out to individuals, with an emphasis on historically underrepresented groups (Black, Indigenous, people of colour, trans, and rural communities) to find out about the viability of an LGBTQ2+ museum. This consultant will design and oversee… Read More

Don McLeod’s New Book is Out Now

Don McLeod’s New Book is Out Now

One of our longest-serving volunteers, Don McLeod, has launched his new book Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1976-1981. The chronological reference guide continues where his first volume concluded, revisiting some of the most noteworthy events and people involved in the fight for lesbian and gay rights in Canada in the… Read More

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is hiring an Archives Assistant (YCW) for a 18-week term, beginning November 27, 2017. The position will expose the student to a variety of archival situations designed to improve skills and allow the Archives program to improve public access to its rich holdings… Read More

Request for Proposals: Name Change Consultant

Request for Proposals: Name Change Consultant

Summary and Background The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives seeks proposals for a consultant to guide the organization in selecting a new name that better reflects our mandate to support the archives of LGBTQ2+ people. This consultant will design and oversee a community consultation process on the organization’s identity. The consultant will synthesize results from… Read More

Request for Proposals: Museum Feasibility Study Consultant

Summary and Background The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives seeks proposals for a consultant to guide the organization in reaching out to individuals, with an emphasis on historically underrepresented groups (Black, Indigenous, people of colour, trans, and rural communities) to find out about the viability of an LGBTQ2+ museum. This consultant will design and oversee… Read More

Don McLeod’s New Book is Out Now

Don McLeod’s New Book is Out Now

One of our longest-serving volunteers, Don McLeod, has launched his new book Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1976-1981. The chronological reference guide continues where his first volume concluded, revisiting some of the most noteworthy events and people involved in the fight for lesbian and gay rights in Canada in the… Read More

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant

YCW Job Posting: Archives Assistant The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is hiring an Archives Assistant (YCW) for a 18-week term, beginning November 27, 2017. The position will expose the student to a variety of archival situations designed to improve skills and allow the Archives program to improve public access to its rich holdings… Read More

Request for Proposals: Name Change Consultant

Request for Proposals: Name Change Consultant

Summary and Background The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives seeks proposals for a consultant to guide the organization in selecting a new name that better reflects our mandate to support the archives of LGBTQ2+ people. This consultant will design and oversee a community consultation process on the organization’s identity. The consultant will synthesize results from… 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.