KEEPING OUR STORIES ALIVE

National Portrait Collection Call for Proposals

Do you know people who have made significant contributions to your LGBTQ2+ community? more

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

What’s in the Archives? LGBTQ2+ Kids’ Lit

If you have been to the Archives, then you know that there are all sorts of unexpected and incredible things tucked away in every corner. 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

Pride 2018 Snap Shots

Pride 2018 Snap Shots

    By INTREPID WRITER/ARTIST ANTHONY BRUM and ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER ASHA COLLINS   As Toronto Pride 2018 has come to an end, and we all slowly come down from the hype and excitement that it brings to the Southern Ontario; we have an opportunity to reflect and think about what Pride means to our communities, and how it… Read More

What’s in the Archives? Gay Bell

What’s in the Archives? Gay Bell

Earlier this year, Gay Bell donated a large number of posters, journals, photography, correspondence, and newspaper clippings about the Peterborough and Haliburton LGBTQ2+ events and activities.  Read More

Jim Egan’s Early Activism

Written by: Craig Jennex There has been a great deal of interest in Jim Egan’s early activism since the release of Historica Canada’s new Heritage Minute. The short film, entitled “Jim Egan,” is the first in the series that takes up LGBTQ2+ issues. You can watch the Heritage Minute here. The Canadian Lesbian and Gay… Read More

Pride 2018 Snap Shots

Pride 2018 Snap Shots

    By INTREPID WRITER/ARTIST ANTHONY BRUM and ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER ASHA COLLINS   As Toronto Pride 2018 has come to an end, and we all slowly come down from the hype and excitement that it brings to the Southern Ontario; we have an opportunity to reflect and think about what Pride means to our communities, and how it… Read More

What’s in the Archives? Gay Bell

What’s in the Archives? Gay Bell

Earlier this year, Gay Bell donated a large number of posters, journals, photography, correspondence, and newspaper clippings about the Peterborough and Haliburton LGBTQ2+ events and activities.  Read More

Jim Egan’s Early Activism

Written by: Craig Jennex There has been a great deal of interest in Jim Egan’s early activism since the release of Historica Canada’s new Heritage Minute. The short film, entitled “Jim Egan,” is the first in the series that takes up LGBTQ2+ issues. You can watch the Heritage Minute here. The Canadian Lesbian and Gay… 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.