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.

  • Moratorium on acquisitions (January 23, 2023)

    For a period of six months, beginning February 1st 2023, the Archives gaies du Québec will place a moratorium on acquisitions.

    This pause will be an opportunity for our team to evaluate the remaining space in our offices as well as review our procedures, in order to better accept future donations.

    You can still contact us if you wish to make an archival material donation to the AGQ. We will take note of your offer and contact you after August 1st, 2023.

  • Fundraising campaign 2022 (January 17, 2023)

    In spite of the post-pandemic inflationary surge, our 2022 fundraising campaign was a success. We have accumulated over $40,000.

    We are very grateful for all this thanks to your generosity.

    The endpoint of this campaign took place on January 16th, when we drew the name for the fundraiser raffle. Maria Remiggi won the photograph generously donated by Robert Laliberté.

    The draw took place online, in the presence of Yves Lafontaine, director of Fugues magazine, Jacques Prince, president of the Archives gaies du Québec, Pierre Pilotte, coordinator of the Archives gaies du Québec, and Jonathan Proulx-Guimond, coordination and communications assistant.

    We want to extend our warmest thanks to all of our donators and Robert Laliberté.

    And our congratulations to Maria Remiggi!

  • A Friend has left us (December 16, 2022)
    Photo: Simon Blais. Painter Louise Robert and her spouse, art historian Lise Lamarche (left)September 2022

    In the beginning of November, we have learned with a heavy heart that Louise Robert, a friend of the Archive gaies du Québec who had generously donated a work for our fundraising campaign of 2018, has passed away.

    A renowned painter, her works were exhibited in many cities, including Montreal, Québec, Toronto, New York, Vancouver and Paris. Her works can be found in many private collections as well as Canadian museums.

    We are sending courage and resilience to Lise Lamarche, her partner of 44 years.

  • We have some reading (December 16, 2022)

    Recently, François Bellemare, a friend and donor of the Archives gaies du Québec, published a novel entitled La renaissance de L’Interlope through publisher Sémaphore.

    Described as a « great surprise of the literary season» by Benoît Migneault of magazine Fugues, this family saga takes place over a period of over 150 years in the Faubourg Saint-Laurent, a neighbourhood situated between the Red Light District and the Gay Village.

    It reads with a smile and some winces.

  • Some interested visitors (December 16, 2022)

    On Monday, December 5, over a dozen of members of the ARC (Aînés et retraités de la communauté) took a guided tour of the collections of the Archives gaies du Québec.

    The activity, led by Victor Samoylenko of the Archives gaies du Québec, was well appreciated.

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