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James Egan fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0110
  • Fonds
  • 1865- 2000

The James Egan fonds contains records relating to his life and activism work from the early 50s to his memorial service in 2000. John Nesbit is also featured in subtle yet evident ways. There are newspaper clippings, correspondence with newspaper editors, other activists, academics, and other LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as serials, drafted articles for newspaper and tabloid publication, and various iterations of his court case with his partner John Nesbit. There are records of Egan’s environmental activism and of the time he spent in the Merchant Navy. There are photos relating to both Nesbit and Egan, their families, childhoods, and lives together. Poetry, fiction, a dream journal, cards, diaries and other such material recording Egan’s personal life and his life with Nesbit dot the fonds.

James Egan

Helen Lenskyj fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0013
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2012, predominant 1981-1999

The fonds consists of records relating to Lenskyj’s involvement with the Toronto Board of Education and research in the areas of sexuality, gender, sports, AIDS, health and sex education, and homophobia. Included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, pamphlets, newspaper and magazine clippings, press coverage on Gay Games, research papers, resources and information on sexual health mainly for youth and parents, and other textual records. Records also document her involvement in addressing and challenging homophobia and other LGBTQ issues in the Toronto school system through projects and organizations such as Project Affirmation, a research project of the Coalition for Lesbian & Gay Rights in Ontario (CLGRO) looking into the health care and social service needs of sexual minorities in Ontario, Status of Women Committee, and Education Against Homophobia. Other materials included in the fonds are buttons, videocassettes, audiocassettes, optical disks, and a photograph.

Lenskyj, Helen

The Family Camera Network Project fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0064
  • Fonds
  • ca.1930- 2017

Records consist of oral history interviews, their raw files from both cameras used (the one focused on the interviewee and the one focused on the photos being discussed), edited and redacted film content. The records also pertain to the photos donated, these are largely photos that are born-digital or scanned photos and records.

The Family Camera Network

Kathleen Brindley fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0105
  • Fonds
  • 1941- 2005

The fonds details the activities of Brindley’s life, with a particular focus from the 1970s on. The core of the collection is Brindley’s art career, with art works, image slides, photographs, and ephemera of her own work as well as that of her friend, queer Toronto artist Bruce Eakin.

Kathleen Brindley

Michael Lynch fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1944-1991, predominant 1953-1991

The fonds contains records pertaining to the duration of Michael Lynch’s life, including records on his personal, academic, and activist work. The fonds has been separated into nine series. Personal records include: childhood records, photographs, news clippings, correspondence, diaries, government documents, and care team notes. Academic records include: research notes and writing drafts, finished articles, poems, and shorts stories, class notes, and correspondence. Activist records includes: materials relating to groups which Lynch was a part of, such as organizational records, newsletters, and correspondence.

Michael Lynch

Stewart Hamilton fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0026
  • Fonds
  • 1950- 2012

The fonds consists of records relating to the life and work of Stewart Hamilton, including correspondence, writing, press, diplomas and awards.

Stewart Hamilton

Community Homophile Association of Toronto fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0133
  • Fonds
  • 1953- 1977

The Community Homophile Association of Toronto fonds is composed of organizational records that document CHAT’s governance and administration, its community outreach efforts, education, support services, political advocacy, and its resource library. It includes bylaws and minutes, financial statements, grant applications, membership cards and applications, telephone logs, flyers, newsletters, briefs, correspondence, and resources collected on various subjects and homophile and gay liberation groups from across North America.

Community Homophile Association of Toronto

Harold Desmarais fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0012
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1996

Fonds consist of records documenting the work and personal life of Harold Desmarais, LGBTQ advocate and organizer.

Desmarais, Harold

Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE) fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0010
  • Fonds
  • [1962?], 1974-[2003?], 2006

Fonds consists of the records of the Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE). The majority of the records in the fonds appear to have been maintained by Carl Miller, one of the founders of the organization. Records in the fonds document the organization’s fight for same-sex spousal benefits for employees of Bell Canada, including its filing of a formal complaint against Bell Canada with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The fonds serves as an example of the struggle for same-sex equality in a corporate environment. Records in the fonds also document meetings of the organization, the work of several committees, as well as the social and fundraising aspects of the organization. Included in the fonds are administrative files, scrapbooks, photographs, and an audio cassette. The fonds also includes one sous-fonds, containing records relating to Carl Miller.

Gay and Lesbian Organization of Bell Employees (GLOBE)

Gays of Ottawa fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0039
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1986

The fond consists predominantly of correspondence, reports, newsletters, minutes of meetings and other documentation relating to the history of the Gays of Ottawa during 1971-1986. The materials reflect the political action under taken by the organization on a local and national level. Materials also include those of the National Gay Rights Coalition (NGRC) of which Gays of Ottawa served as the national coordinating office during the mid 1970’s. Gays of Ottawa’s involvement with the Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO) is also shown through the number of documents held relating to the provincial group.

Gays of Ottawa

James Fraser fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0153
  • Fonds
  • 1967- 1985

The fonds contains the records of James Fraser, consisting of personal correspondence, articles by Fraser primarily about gay archives and history, newspaper articles about Fraser’s gay activism, a collection of historical editorials about homosexuality compiled by Fraser, and miscellaneous records pertaining to Fraser’s life and organizations with which he was involved. The fonds also includes obituaries and memorials for Fraser. While most of the records pertain to Toronto, his academic work was done in British Columbia, and some records relate to his early life and family in New Brunswick. The collected editorials are drawn from Canadian newspapers.

James Fraser

Svend Robinson fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1967-2004

This fonds consist of records relating to the life and work of Svend Robinson as Member of Parliament. Included in the fonds are correspondence, memoranda, reports, pamphlets, notes, press releases, press coverage, newspaper and periodical clippings, information kits, minutes and agendas, issues of ‘Ottawa Inside Out’ and ‘Ottawa Update’, speeches, copies of legal documents, copies of Hansard debates, flyers, post cards, greeting cards, petitions, and submissions to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights from various organizations and individuals. Records also relate to other LGBTQ issues and topics, including international rights, health, labour, and youth.

Robinson, Svend (1952-)

Nancy Nicol fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0051
  • Fonds
  • [approx. 1967- 2009]

The fonds contains materials relating to Nancy Nicol’s work as a documentary filmmaker and activist. There are raw moving image and audio footage used in the making of documentary films. Also included are Nicol’s finalized full-length films and shorts. The fonds consists of a significant amount of research material as well as administrative work relating to film production, distribution, and publicization. Nicol’s film work is divided into two large sections, clearly distinguished in the fonds: Nicol’s earlier work focussed on LGBT rights and history largely in Canada, and her later work on the Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights project.

Nancy Nicol

Rupert Raj fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0021
  • Fonds
  • 1968- 2015

Fonds consist of materials gathered by Rupert Raj, a Canadian trans activist, born in Ottawa, who lived in Toronto most of his adult life before relocating to Vancouver, B.C. in 2017. Highlights of this donation include materials relating to the three trans-related periodicals Raj founded and edited in the 1970s and 1980s; the original, unpublished manuscript of his international transsexual/transgenderist/transvestic poetry anthology ("Of Souls and Roles, Of Genes and Gender," 1991); correspondence with other transsexual/transvestite/transgender people (including activists) and medical/psychological professionals, around the world, research on phalloplasty and other trans issues; personal scrapbooks and photographs; and AV materials. Books, periodicals, and AV materials are catalogued separately.

Raj, Rupert

University of Toronto Homophile Association fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0131
  • Fonds
  • 1969- 1973

The fonds contains organizational records that document the administration and activities of the University of Toronto Homophile Association from its founding in 1969, to its disbanding in 1973. It includes records pertaining to the Association’s governance, its outreach and educational efforts, political advocacy, research projects and relationships with other Canadian homophile associations, women’s liberation and gay liberation groups. The fonds is composed of minutes, flyers, newsletters, brochures, correspondence, briefs, questionnaires, material collected on other organizations.

University of Toronto Homophile Association

John Goodwin fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0088
  • Fonds
  • [197-]-1986, predominant [1979 or 1980]-1986

Fonds consists of records created and maintained by John Goodwin. The fonds largely consists of photographs documenting Goodwin’s life in Saskatoon and Toronto during the early and mid-1980s. The fonds also includes film reels maintained by Goodwin.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1971-1988

Fonds consists of records documenting the activities of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford (GLAS), previously the Gay People’s Union at Stanford. The records also document gay and lesbian events at the University and in the San Francisco region. The records in the fonds were maintained by Gerard Koskovich, a volunteer with the GLAS Archives Project. The fonds consists of duplicates of organizational records housed at the Stanford University Archives, as well as material collected by Koskovich during the time he was actively involved at Stanford University (1980-1987). Included are: correspondence, notices and flyers, research papers, press clippings, financial records, application forms, brochures, and other textual material.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance at Stanford

Tim McCaskell fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1971-2004

Records documenting the life and activities of Tim McCaskell, as an employee of the Toronto Board of Education, a member of the Body Politic Collective, and as an advocate.

McCaskell, Tim

Christine Bearchell fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0117
  • Fonds
  • 1971- 1990

The fonds consists of the records created by Bearchell during two decades of her work in gay activism. This includes her work with two publications: The Body Politic (TBP), Canada’s gay liberation newspaper, from 1976-1987, and her work with Epicene in 1987, a gay publication following the end of TBP. The fonds also includes her work with other organizations, most notably the Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO), the Committee to Defend John Damien, and the Young Socialists/League for Socialist Action. There is correspondence, research notes, notebooks, news clippings, manuscripts, newsletters, reports, press releases, research articles, and inter-office memos.

Christine Bearchell

Gay Alliance Toward Equality (Vancouver) fonds

  • CA ON00047 F0067
  • Fonds
  • 1971- 1981

This fonds consists of records of the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (Vancouver). Included in the fonds are administrative files, correspondence, briefs, publications, financial records, meeting minutes, organization and event files, subject files, photographs, posters, an audio cassette tape, and objects such as stamps and GATE office signs.

Contains series and subseries:
1- GATE (Vancouver) Administrative files
1.1 Office administration
1.2 Financial records
1.3 Meeting minutes
1.4 Office artifacts
2- Organization and event files
2.1 Canadian organizations
2.2 International organizations
3- Subject files
4- Photographs
5- Posters
6- Audio cassette tape

Gay Alliance Toward Equality (Vancouver)

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