Office/Reading Room

1000 Amherst, Suite 103 – 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.

  • A Successful Ending to the 2018 Fundraising Campaign (March 16, 2019)

    On February 18, the Quebec Gay Archives ended its very successful 2018 fundraising campaign with a draw for the work of art generously donated by artist Louise Roy. The draw was held in the presence of the artist, of Jacques Prince, President of the Québec Gay Archives, of Iain Blair, Vice-President, and of Pierre Pilotte, Archives Coordinator. Daniel Arcand, a long time friend of the Archives and supporter of our fundraising campaigns, was the happy winner of the piece of art. During the draw, Louise Robert announced to us that she would be showing her works at ART PARIS show, to be held in the Grand Palais in Paris, at the beginning of April.

    Our 2018 fundraising campaign was a great success and we did meet our objective of $20,000.00. We would like to thank all of our donors, as well as Louise Robert and the Galerie Simon Blais (galeriesimonblais.com) which acts as the artist’s agent.

    During the draw at the artist’s studio, from left to right: Louise Robert, Jacques Prince and Iain Blair
    Photo: Pierre Pilotte

    Presentation of the work to Daniel Arcand on the left with Jacques Prince in the center and Iain Blair.
    Photo: Daniel Thérien

  • The Order of Canada honours a friend of the Quebec Gay Archives (February 14, 2019)

    Mr Léopold L. Foulem, an internationally recognized ceramic artist, was recently awarded the Order of Canada. Mr Foulem has contributed for the past several years to the fundraising campaign of the Archives. The members of the Board of Directors, employees and volunteers of the Quebec Gay Archives congratulate Mr Foulem for this much deserved honour. Mr Foulem was one of the artists shown at the McCord Museum in 2015 as part of the exhibition Camp Fires: Le baroque Queer, along with Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette.

    Photo: Julie D’Amour-Léger

  • The Quebec Gay Archives would like to thank … (January 8, 2019)

    The members of the Board of the Quebec Gay Archives thank the estate of the late Frank W. Remiggi for its generous financial donation. Professor Remiggi, a long time friend and supporter of the Archives, passed away in September 2018. We thank his family and most particularly his sister, Maria Remiggi.

    We would also like to thank Gregg Blachford and David McGillivray, who organized a benefit event in their own home in early December as part of the Quebec Gay Archive’s annual fundraising campaign. It proved to be a very beneficial event for the organization.

    Finally, we thank the family of the late Jacques Pétrin, and most particularly his daughter Julie Pétrin, for their gift of selected books, publications and DVDs from the collections of the deceased.

  • Ross Higgins received the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal (January 8, 2019)

    Dr Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Quebec Gay Archives, received on December 19 2018 the Senate 150th Anniversary Medal from the Honorable Serge Joyal on behalf of the Speaker of the Senate. Dr Higgins received this commemorative medal in recognition of his years of service to the community.

    Congratulations Ross.

    From left to right, Ross Higgins, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and recipient of the medal, the Honourable Serge Joyal and Jacques Prince, co-founder of the Archives gaies du Québec and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
    Photo Credit: Sara Teinturier

    The obverse of the medal bears the Senate emblem and the reverse illustrates the Senate Chamber. A space is provided for the name of the recipient.

     

  • The Quebec Gay Archives team will be back on January 10th (December 28, 2018)

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