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LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory


Twitter: @LGBTQHistory

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Description: Founded in 2014, the LGBQT+ Oral History Digital Collaboratory is the largest LGBTQ oral history project in North American history, connecting over 200 life stories with new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. Our earlier work included collecting and digitizing two community-based oral history projects from the 1980s—Lesbians Making History (8 interviews) and the Foolscap Gay Oral History Project (125 interviews)–and preserving these oral histories at The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBQT2+ Archives. We have also conducted an original oral history project on trans health activism in 1990s Ontario and created a 70 page guide to trans collections at The ArQuives, launched in 2020. In 2017, we spearheaded the processing and cataloguing of transsexual activist and performance artist Mirha-Soleil Ross, whose papers are held at The ArQuives. In 2021, we are focusing on the public engagement phase of our Trans Activism Oral History Project and beginning the collecting on our Pussy Palace Police Raid Oral History Project.


  • Elspeth Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Alisha Stranges, Project Oral Historian
  • Raegan Swanson, Executive Director, The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2S+ Archive
  • Lucie Handley-Girard, Archivist, The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2S+ Archive
  • Jordan Saroya, Administrative Assistant, The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2S+ Archives
  • Aaron H Devor, Chair in Transgender Studies, University of Victoria and Founder and Academic Director, Transgender Archives at University of Victoria
  • Chase Joynt, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, University of Victoria and Moving-Image Artist and Writer
  • Lara Wilson, Director of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Victoria
  • Amelia Smith, Digital Exhibit Designer, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria
  • Elio Colavito, PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Ayo Tsalithaba, visual artist
  • Katherine Zheng, Social Media Manager
  • Peter Luo, UX designer
  • Matt Lefaive, DH Developer

Funders: SSHRC

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