Office/Reading Room

1000 Atateken, Suite 201-A / 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.

  • Archives featured at Image+Nation (November 24, 2022)

    LGBT2SQ+ film festival Image+Nation is celebrating its 35th anniversary! The Archives gaies du Québec are proud to contribute to this year’s program, with the video Once Upon a Time in the Gay Village. This short video features René LeBoeuf’s photographs, which are conserved in the AGQ’s collections, in order to tell the story of the creation of the Parc de l’espoir.

    The festival will take place from November 17th to 27th 2022. For the full program, visit the festival’s official page.

  • Do not miss this exibition (November 24, 2022)

    The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec is presenting a retrospective of photographer Evergon’s work, entitled Evergon.Theatres of the Intimate. from October 20th 2022 to April 2023.

    Over 230 photgraphs from the artist, whose career spans over 50 years, will be exhibited. This generous donor to the Archives gaies du Québec dedicated his art to defend sexual, gender, and body diversity.

    Do not miss it!

  • New York! New York! (November 24, 2022)

    Pierre Pilotte recently spent three days in New York City, and took this opportunity to contact LGBTQ+ organizations in the Big Apple. Among others, he met Lou McCarthy, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, usually known as The Center.

    These were fruitful meetings for the Archives gaies du Québec.





  • Continuation of Robert Laliberté’s exhibition at the AGQ (November 24, 2022)

    After the success of Robert Laliberté’s photo exhibit at the Écomusée, we decided to showcase the remaining pictures in our office and to continue their sale.

    If you are interested in purchasing the works we have on display, you can schedule a meeting with Pierre Pilotte via email at pierre.pilotte27@gmail.com

    We want to thank Robert Laliberté for his generous donation for our 2022 fundraising campaign.

  • Student and Staff LGBTQ+ Activism at McGill (November 7, 2022)

    October has been an eventful month! On Octobre 26th, a vernissage for an exhibition on Student and Staff LGBTQ+ Activism at McGill took place at the university’s McLennan Library. The Archives gaies du Québec, which conserve many archival collections related to LGBTQ+ student organizations, loaned posters for the exhibition. Other LGBTQ+ documentation centers collaborated to this event, organized by Dr. Alex Ketchum, including the Archives lesbiennes du Québec, McGill University’s Archives, and Biblioqueer. The AGQ’s team was there for the event to say a few words on our organization.

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