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The ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archives

Founded in 1973, the ArQuives is a Toronto-based organization "dedicated to celebrating, preserving, and collecting the stories and histories of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada." Known as the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives until March 2019, the ArQuives recently made their extensive research collections publicly searchable online. These collections include a wide variety of material, such as "the world's largest collection of LGBTQ+ periodicals," personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and posters, with items dating back to the 1800s. Visitors can search the collections by keyword, or they can use the Advanced Search feature to search within a specific date range and narrow by fields like subject, material type, place, and those that include online images. Under Advanced Search, visitors can also browse by collection name or by material types. In addition to their collections database, the ArQuives also created a Digital Exhibitions section that makes numerous highlights from their collections viewable online. More than 900 items can be viewed here, and this section also contains 17 exhibits with multiple images and informative commentary. As of this write-up, the ArQuives is led by Raegan Swanson, the organization's executive director and a PhD candidate at the University of Dundee.
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