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This spring the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is embracing change and a new name:

The Arquives Logo

We are so excited to share the launch of The ArQuives name and logo with all of you, and would like to take this time to say THANK YOU for all of the incredible support we have received over the past 45 years. We would not be the largest archive of LGBTQ2+ life in Canada without you, and we are really excited to extend that legacy into the future with our new name. The constant support from volunteers and donors is and has always been overwhelming, and it is a wonderful thing to continually draw from and appreciate.

We began the name change process two years ago, when we realized that our name did not fit with our strategic or developmental plan for The ArQuives (pronounced ar·chives). After speaking with community members, volunteers, and other stakeholders, it became clear that we really needed to change our name if we were going to adequately reflect underserved and underrepresented communities in Canada: most notably trans, queer, bisexual, and 2-spirited folks. Our name is our first point of engagement and we are very excited to have one that fully represents the community that we serve.

We are also thrilled to announce that as of Monday March 18, 2019, our collection will become more accessible. Our new online database will allow the public and researchers alike to search our diverse collection of records, regardless of their location. This will allow community members to delve into the collection, see connections between items, and request more information from The ArQuives. We are incredibly proud and humbled by the support we have received, and would like to extend our gratitude to TD Canada Trust and the Pride & Remembrance Foundation for supporting this project.

We have been working very hard for the last year on several programming initiatives to pair with our name change to ensure that the update has a worthwhile impact. The launch of our online database, new community outreach programming, and the conscious hiring of individuals from underrepresented communities are important steps in achieving our strategic goals in building a strong and representative collection for the communities we live in. Attached to this email is our formal press release. Stay tuned for upcoming events and exhibitions at The ArQuives: we can’t wait to show you everything we have planned for the upcoming year.

-The ArQuives Team

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This spring the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is embracing change and a new name:

The Arquives Logo

We are so excited to share the launch of The ArQuives name and logo with all of you, and would like to take this time to say THANK YOU for all of the incredible support we have received over the past 45 years. We would not be the largest archive of LGBTQ2+ life in Canada without you, and we are really excited to extend that legacy into the future with our new name. The constant support from volunteers and donors is and has always been overwhelming, and it is a wonderful thing to continually draw from and appreciate.

We began the name change process two years ago, when we realized that our name did not fit with our strategic or developmental plan for The ArQuives (pronounced ar·chives). After speaking with community members, volunteers, and other stakeholders, it became clear that we really needed to change our name if we were going to adequately reflect underserved and underrepresented communities in Canada: most notably trans, queer, bisexual, and 2-spirited folks. Our name is our first point of engagement and we are very excited to have one that fully represents the community that we serve.

We are also thrilled to announce that as of Monday March 18, 2019, our collection will become more accessible. Our new online database will allow the public and researchers alike to search our diverse collection of records, regardless of their location. This will allow community members to delve into the collection, see connections between items, and request more information from The ArQuives. We are incredibly proud and humbled by the support we have received, and would like to extend our gratitude to TD Canada Trust and the Pride & Remembrance Foundation for supporting this project.

We have been working very hard for the last year on several programming initiatives to pair with our name change to ensure that the update has a worthwhile impact. The launch of our online database, new community outreach programming, and the conscious hiring of individuals from underrepresented communities are important steps in achieving our strategic goals in building a strong and representative collection for the communities we live in. Attached to this email is our formal press release. Stay tuned for upcoming events and exhibitions at The ArQuives: we can’t wait to show you everything we have planned for the upcoming year.

-The ArQuives Team

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The Toronto Star

Has Pride Lost Its Way?

Novella Mag

What Family Photos Reveal About National Identity

The Atlantic CITYLAB

Toronto is full of queer history — if you know where to look

DailyXtra

Out in Toronto: May 25–31, 2017

DailyXtra

Archives as activism: The case of residential schools

Rabble.ca

Heritage Toronto Kicks Off 23rd Year Of Walking Tours

Urban Toronto

Polaroids and patriotism: Old family pictures get star treatment at the ROM

CBC News

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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

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.