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.

  • Here we go again! (January 4, 2022)

    Due to the takeover of the omicron variant and the sanitary measures in place to prevent its spread, the Quebec Gay Archives consultation room will be closed to all visitors and researchers.

    Our employees will be working from home whenever possible. We hope this interruption will be brief.

    Despite the difficult circumstances, we wish all our loyal supporters health and happiness for the new year.

  • The Quebec Gay Archives will be closed for the holiday season (December 14, 2021)

    Please take note that the Quebec Gay Archives will be closed for the holiday season starting the 17th of December 2021, and will only reopen on Tuesday, January 4th, in the new year.

    For now, the archives can be consulted by appointment only, with a maximum limit of four (4) people at a time, including personnel. Sanitary measures, including hand washing and masks wearing, are enforced. Each person is encouraged to keep a safe distance as much as possible.

    The board of directors and the employees of the Archives all wish you a very happy holiday season.

  • Consultation requirements (December 12, 2021)

    In accordance with Québec public health measures, the AGQ require any visitor to wear a face mask and keep a distance of over a meter for the duration of the consultation. It is also highly recommended to be adequately vaccinated against COVID-19. Any person presenting COVID-19 symptoms will be invited to leave the premises.

    Considering the damaging properties of certain hand sanitizers on archival documents, visitors will be asked to wash their hands with soap and water before any handling of the documents.

  • Do not Forget (November 29, 2021)

    December 1st
    World AIDS Day.
  • A Matter of Paper (November 29, 2021)

    Some of our readers pointed out that the latest issue of the Archigai was printed on a thicker paper than usual.

    That is true. This is on the printer’s own initiative. Some of you may have also heard media reports about the paper shortage the printing industry is currently facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, our printing company offered to use thicker paper and had the generosity to charge us the regular price for this issue.

    We would like to thank MP Steven Guilbeault and MNA Manon Massé for purchasing advertisements in our last Archigai newletter, which made its printing possible.

    Rest assured that the Gay Archives of Quebec always spends the money that you donate to us every year in a wise manner.

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