Trans Collections Guide Launch, December 3, 2020

Dec 16, 2020

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory and The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archive celebrates the launch of the ArQuives’s Trans Collections Guide. This roundtable discusses the trans holdings of the ArQuives and the histories and futures of trans archival practices. To access a PDF of the Collections Guide, please click here.

The event takes place December 3, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm EST via Zoom.



Morgan M. Page
[Writer, artist, host of One From the Vaults trans history podcast]

Monica Forrester
[Social justice advocate, Founder of Trans Pride Toronto, Transitioning Together]

Syrus Marcus Ware
[Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University, Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator]

Susan Stryker
[Author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, and Executive Editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly]

Moderated by Elspeth Brown
[Professor of History, University of Toronto]


Recording Available!

Thank you to everyone for such a wonderful discussion! If you were not able to attend the lunch, or if you would like to rewatch the talk, a Zoom recording is available here. Additionally, we have posted the resources that were shared during the discussion below.



The Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

Transgender Media Portal, Carleton University

Digital Transgender Archive, Northeastern University



The NYC Trans Oral History Project, Community Archive in collaboration with the New York Public Library

Trans Activism Oral History Project, The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory

Documenting the Now Project, The Shift Collective, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia


Further Reading:

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

Asato Ikeda, Curating a Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Pro Trans Black Life

Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas

Elizabeth Freeman, Time Binds, or Erotohistoriography

Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox

Ruth Mazo Karras, Sexuality in Medieval Europe: Doing Unto Others