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1000 Amherst, Suite 201 – Montreal (Quebec) H2L 3K5

About us

Founded in 1983, the Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and preserve any handwritten, printed, visual or audio material which testify to the history of the LGBTQ+ communities of Quebec. Our collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm or by appointment.

Our mission

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and promote all documentation which relates to the history of LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals in Quebec.

 

To promote the diversity and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people.

 

To continuously update its collection on all aspects of gender and sexuality.

 

To promote research on sexual minorities and gender and recognition of the contribution of the same to the history of Quebec.

An essential role

Through the conservation of archival fonds and collections, by the organization of public events and by welcoming researchers and visitors to its reading room, the Quebec Gay Archives perform an essential role as guardian of LGBTQ+ history and its promoter both locally and abroad.

Services offered

The Quebec Gay Archives have a mandate to acquire, conserve and preserve any handwritten, printed, visual or audio material which testify to the history of the gay and lesbian communities of Quebec. We possess important collections of magazines, newspapers, press clippings, books, video and audio recordings, posters, photos and archival materials. Members of our team are able to assist researchers by referring them to the appropriate materials in our collections. Some finding aids and research tools are also available for public use. Please see the sections “Resources” and “Collections” for an overview.

 

These collections are available for public consultation during our regular opening hours on Thursday evenings between 7 :30 and 9 :30 pm and may also be consulted on an appointment basis by using the Contact section.

  • Remembering Laurent McCutcheon (July 8, 2019)

    Laurent McCutcheon (1942-2019)

    It is with great sadness that the Archives gaies du Québec have learned of the passing of Laurent McCutcheon, great friend, volunteer, and donor of the Archives, who had been  battling with cancer since December 2016. For more than 35 years, Mr. McCutcheon had actively fought for LGBT+ rights, with personal involvement in the Association pour les droits des gais et lesbiennes du Québec (ADGLQ), Gai Écoute, and as Vice-President of the Association québécoise pour le droit de mourir dans la dignité. He was also the founder of Fondation Émergence, an organization that promotes LGBT+ awareness through education. He is survived by his partner, Pierre Sheridan, his family, and numerous friends

  • The Archives at the Goethe-Institut (June 25, 2019)

    On June 19 more than 80 people attended a lecture given by Antoine Idier at the Goethe-Institut of Montreal.  The evening was hosted by Monique Giroux.  Antoine Idier is the author of Archives des mouvements LGBT+ : Une histoire des luttes de 1890 à nos jours, a book about LGBT+ archiving in France.    Jonathan Dorey, PhD, archivist, translator and member of the board of the Quebec Gay Archives gave a short presentation before the lecture on the development of and challenges faces the Archives.  The evening was a great success and we thank those who made the event  possible:  the Fondatin Jasmin Roy/Sophie Desmarais, the Consulat général de France, and of course the Goethe-Institut.

  • An Intership at the Quebec Gay Archives (May 29, 2019)

    The Quebec Gay Archives are hosting a student intern from April until the end of July 2019.  Fabien Galipeau is finishing his Masters at the School of Library and Information Studies at the Université de Montréal.  Fabien also holds a bachelor’s degree in French-language literature from the same university.  As part of his internship, he will focus principally on archival work and is currently processing several specific “archival fonds”.  The Quebec Gay Archives welcome Fabien to our team for the coming months.

    Credit: Fabien Galipeau

  • The Quebec Gay Archives are moving! (May 15, 2019)

    The Quebec Gay Archives are moving, but not far. Our offices are relocating one floor higher in the same building at 1000, rue Amherst.

    The move will be completed by the end of June. We will continue to welcome researchers during our regular opening hours, Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, until the end of May. It is still suggested to inform us in advance of your visit by email or by telephone (voicemail).

    The move will enable us to double the size of our offices, and offer our visitors a more spacious and comfortable work environment.

    We thank you in advance for your understanding and your patience. Our operations will have returned to normal by the beginning of September.

    From now until then, we wish you a very good summer season.

    New address : in the same building but one floor higher. Only the office number will change.

    Archives gaies du Québec
    1000, rue Amherst, suite 201
    Montréal (Québec) H1L 3K5

  • Meeting withmembers of the community group Diversité Sourds du Québec (DSQ) (May 6, 2019)

    On Saturday April 13, Jacques Prince, co-founder and president of the Quebec Gay Archives, met with ex-members of the now disbanded community group, Diversité Sourds du Québec (DSQ). Jacques Prince took part in this meeting to inform former members of the DSQ of the steps being taken to preserve the organizational papers, transferred to the Quebec Gay Archives at the time of the DSQ’s dissolution.

    In the photo, we see Jacques Prince in the foreground to the right of Marc-André Bernier in the plaid shirt, volunteer with the Quebec Gay Archives and person responsible for organization of the DSQ papers.

    We thank Mr Bernier who made possible the transfer of the DSQ papers to the Quebec Gay Archives and hence their preservation.

    Photo : Kashif Ahmed Bin Arif

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