Since 1973, The ArQuives (The ArQuives) has been acquiring and preserving material documenting LGBTQ+ history. The ArQuives’s mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and provide public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. The ArQuives houses papers and records documenting many Canadian LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations. The ArQuives houses the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ+ periodicals. We currently have over 9,700 unique titles in the collection. The guide “Our Own Voices: A Directory of Lesbian and Gay Periodicals, 1890s to 2000s”, compiled by long-time The ArQuives volunteer Alan Miller, lists more than 7,200 titles from all over the world, most of them held at The ArQuives. The ArQuives’s first volunteer archivist, James Fraser, contains over 11,000 titles from both Canadian and international authors. The collection consists of both non-fiction and fiction, including a large collection of “pulp” fiction. Material in the James Fraser Library is non-circulating and available for reference only. The Moving Images collection includes films, filmstrips, videocassettes, DVDs, and digital media. The collection consists of all genres, including, but not limited to: feature films, documentaries, footage recorded from television programs, original productions, and erotica.
Brian M. Watson