Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Type: Archives

This archives’ mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to inforation and materials in any medium, by and about LGBT people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. To support this function, the archives also maintains significant non-archival collections, which include a research library, international subject files, and an international collection of queer periodicals.




Some archival material is held off-site. Before visiting the archives you will be required to send an email listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult.

Archival records include:

  • Personal and organizational records of prominent Canadian gay and lesbian persons
  • Vertical files containing information about events, individuals and organizations of interest
  • Photograph collection, moving images (primarily Canadian gay and lesbian erotica), posters, audiotapes
  • Cartographic and architectural plans


T-shirts, posters, banners, flags and buttons (concerning historical slogans, events, etc.), leathers, uniforms.

Public Programming:


Various rotating annual exhibits. (e.g. “Lez Con: An Exhibition by Onya Hogan-Finlay[2011]; The National Portrait Gallery [2010]).


Provides tours of the Jared Sessions House, moving tours of Toronto’s LGBTQ historical neighborhoods.


Provides presentations related to the archival collections.

Volunteer/Internship/Placement Opportunities:

Contact to receive information about volunteer opportunities.

Address & Contact Information:

34 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1N1
Mailing Address:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1Z9

Phone: (416) 777 2755

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday  6:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday  6:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday  6:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday  1:00pm – 5:00pm

Key Words: gender, sexuality