BC Gay and Lesbian Archives
In 1976, the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives is a resource for the British Columbia queer community and its allies. The archives are located in Vancouver's West End, traditionally the epicenter of the city's gay and lesbian community. The holdings are maintained by founder and archivist Ron Dutton, who operates the archives out of his home.
UPDATE NOTE: The collection was donated to the City of Vancouver Archives in 2018. See the City of Vancouver Archives website for additional details on the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives fonds. Included in the collection donation are a number of periodicals, including runs of the longstanding (1980-1998) Vancouver publication, Angles, and its predecessor, VGCC News. (See below for a link to a detailed PDF index for Angles and VGCC News).
The archive holdings include 750,000 items that span 1700 to the present, and include media; personal papers such as diaries; photographs and films; and reports from the government and academic researchers. Dutton strives to maintain a diverse collection, particularly focusing on women, people of colour, two-spirited people, and people with disabilities, whose histories are often underrepresented by Vancouver's white- and male-dominated media. The archive users are largely academic researchers and the media, as well as university students, authors, filmmakers, and representatives of gay and lesbian community organizations. For example, it has been a major resource for AIDS Vancouver as they sought to document thirty years of HIV/AIDS history in the Vancouver area.
- Robins, Mark. "Community Profile: B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives". Gay Vancouver. Gay Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- Easton, Rob. "Documenting our History: The Queer History Project Goes Online". Daily Xtra. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
- Griffin, Kevin (May 30, 2018). "Gay and Lesbian Archives donated to City of Vancouver". Vancouver Sun.
- "Angles and VGCC News: A subject index to two Canadian periodical publications of the Vancouver gay community, covering the period of 1980 to May 1998". 2013.
- "Acknowledgements". The 30 30 Campaign. AIDS Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
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