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.

  • The 20th Auction of the Écomusée du Fier Monde (May 4, 2021)

    Since 2001, the Écomusée du fier monde has organized a benefit auction in order to finance its activities. Each year, the profits from the sales of three works are shared with three neigbourhood community organizations selected in advance. This year, the Écomusée will share the profits from the sale of a work by Jean-Paul Jérôme with the Quebec Gay Archives. The auction will take place online beginning May 18 at 8 am and ending May 30 at 8 pm. The Quebec Gay Archives thanks greatly the Écomusée for having chosen us this year as a beneficiary!

    For more information on the auction, please visit this website.

  • Annual General Meeting (April 30, 2021)

    The Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Gay Archives will be held online this year on Sunday, July 4 at 2:00 pm. The list of available positions and candidates will be communicated later.

  • ARLIS/NA Conference (April 29, 2021)



    May 11-13 2021, the Art Libraires Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its annual conference. This professional association brings together librarians, archivists, cultural sector workers and information professionals who work in specialized libraries, archives, and museum etc. The conference is held annually in a different North American city but this year, because of COVID, the conference will be held virtually and with the theme of “Convergence = Créativité + Collaboration”. The Quebec Gay Archives and some of our projects will be briefly presented. We thank Artexte for having thought to share our work during the event! To learn more about the conference, or to register, please visit this page.
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  • A gift of over 500 posters! (April 13, 2021)

    A few months ago, the Quebec Gay Archives received 507 LGBTQ+ posters from the LGBTQ+ Community Centre of Montreal. These posters date from the 1990s and the first decade of 21st century and were produced by such diverse community organizations as Helem, Gai-Écoute (now Interligne) and Aide au Trans du Québec (ATQ) as well as for events such the M. Uniforme contest, le Bal en cuir, and the Course de la Fierté.

    We thank the Community Centre for this gift which will greatly enrich our poster collections!

  • News from the Executive Committee (April 9, 2021)

    The Quebec Gay Archives welcomes Bruno-Serge Boucher to its Executive Committee following the departure of Albe Gilmore for new opportunities in Ottawa. We look forward to working with Bruno-Serge and thank Albe for her past contributions to the organization and its debates. May her new position bring her much happiness and professional satisfaction.

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