BC Gay and Lesbian Archives

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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.[1] The holdings are maintained by founder and archivist Ron Dutton, who operates the archives out of his home.[2]

UPDATE NOTE: The collection was donated to the City of Vancouver Archives in 2018.[3] 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 [4]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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Robins, Mark. "Community Profile: B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives". Gay Vancouver. Gay Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ Easton, Rob. "Documenting our History: The Queer History Project Goes Online". Daily Xtra. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Griffin, Kevin (May 30, 2018). "Gay and Lesbian Archives donated to City of Vancouver". Vancouver Sun.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Acknowledgements". The 30 30 Campaign. AIDS Vancouver. Retrieved 12 January 2015.