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.

  • A Quality Recruit (September 23, 2022)

    Marion Daigle joins our team at the Archives gaies du Québec for a period of six months thanks to a salary grant from Emploi Québec ! Marion will be helping out on various fronts, there to support the work already underway by the other AGQ employees. Versatile and efficient, having this new employee on board will be an precious asset for the team.

    Marion has just completed a bachelor’s degree in theatre (with a concentration in acting) at the École supérieure de théâtre de l’UQAM, and previously studied at McGill as part of a bachelor’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice studies and Indigenous studies.

    Welcome to the team!

  • Important Acquisitions This Summer (September 23, 2022)
    Photo: Glenn Craig.

    This summer, the Archives gaies du Québec were fortunate to receive five important acquisitions.

    In June, we received the archives Glenn Craig, photographer who worked at the PJ’s cabaret during the 1970s. This fonds contains hundreds of photographs illustrating events and shows that took place at this famous cabaret, a landmark for Québec’ LGBTQ2S+ history.

    In August the Archives gaies du Québec acquired Claude Guillet’s archives, who worked as a photographer and graphic designer for Fondation Émergence and for Gai Écoute. His archives inform us of advertising campaigns, publications, and events held by these organizations. Also in August, we acquired the archives of Gilbert Émond, attesting to his teaching and research career focusing on homosexual community, AIDS prevention, and homophobia.

    At the end of the summer, the Archives gaies du Québec received a donation by Alan Wong. His archives illustrate his implication among BIPOC LGBTQ2S+ organizations and events; GLAM, Qouleur, Multimondo, and Ethnoculture.

  • HIV/AIDS Time Capsules: Concealed Stories (September 23, 2022)

    Until the end of 2022, the Archives gaies du Québec will be hosting a time capsule project that aims to commemorate the stories of life with HIV/AIDS.

    Created by Denis Cormier-Piché, this project invites people living with HIV/AIDS or having been witnesses to this disease in their lives, to submit an anonymous capsule that can contain writing, photos, images, drawings, or poems. Any element that can help us understand what the participant has lived, and the repercussions of HIV/AIDS in their daily lives.

    The capsules can be handed in to the AGQ in person, or sent by mail to our address. A consent form will be submitted to participants. The capsules will be conserved at the Archives gaies du Québec and their contents will be revealed in 2047.

  • Two terrific Community Days (August 19, 2022)
    Photo: Jean Logan.

    After two years of absence, Fierté Montréal came roaring back and organized two community days on Friday August 5th and Saturday August 6th.

    The Archives gaies du Québec (AGQ) were there, at a stand on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Timothée. Despite the heat, the crowd was very enthusiastic. As usual, we handed out postcards and copies of the Archigai to people from across the world and answered questions.

    This was also the opportunity to invite people over to the AGQ’s LE SIDA EN AFFICHES exhibition at our offices.

  • Le sida en affiches (August 19, 2022)
    Photo: Clémence Harter.

    The LE SIDA EN AFFICHES exhibition was initially meant as a historical overview of the extent of the fight against AIDS based on the Archives gaies du Québec’s (AGQ) extensive AIDS poster collection. This event was planned as part the 24th International AIDS Conference that took place in Montreal between July 29th and August 2nd 2022 at the Palais des Congrès.

    Taking place at the AGQ’s offices, the exhibition received financial support from Fierté Montréal, as well as from Fugues and the Caisse Desjardins du Quartier-Latin. From August 1st to 7th, over two hundred visitors came to see thirty posters from around the world that were displayed throughout our offices. Visitors were mostly from outside of Montreal – some came from as far as India, South America, or Australia – but also many English-speaking visitors from Montreal, Quebec, and Canada!

    We received warm thanks for the quality of our hospitality and of the display.

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