Periodicals from the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives collection now available!

Back in May we announced that longtime LGBTQ2+ community archivist and activist Ron Dutton had donated his entire collection, known as the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives, to the City of Vancouver Archives.

Since then, we’ve been hard at work getting the collection processed and available to researchers. Subject files have been available since the summer, and we’re delighted to announce that the Periodicals series is now fully processed and available in the Reading Room. The series contains a broad range of titles ranging from community magazines and newspapers to newsletters, activity and event guides, comics and zines, representing a diverse spectrum of LGBTQ2+ experiences.

Detail from back cover of an issue of Faggo Punk & Queer Zine, 2000. Reference code: AM1675-S2-F536

The earliest publications in the Periodicals series date from the 1950s and were all published in the United States by early LGBTQ2+ rights organizations. Titles include The Mattachine Review (published by the Mattachine Society), One (published by ONE, Inc.), and The Ladder (published by the Daughters of Bilitis).

Issues of the Mattachine Review (AM1675-S2-F369), One (AM1675-S2-F104), and The Ladder (AM1675-S2-F185)

Publications pertaining to LGBTQ2+ life in Vancouver begin with ASK newsletter, published in Vancouver by the Association for Social Knowledge (ASK). Formed in 1964, ASK was one of the earliest LGBTQ2+ organizations in Canada.

September 1964 issue of ASK newsletter, published in Vancouver. Reference code: AM1675-S2-F209

Many more Vancouver publications emerge in the 1970s, including Gay Tide, published by the Gay Alliance Toward Equality (GATE), as well as newsletters from the Society for Political Action for Gay People (SPAG) and the Metropolitan Community Church of Vancouver.

A highlight of the series is a near-full run of Angles, a community newspaper focusing on Vancouver LGBTQ2+ life launched in 1983. Angles was published by the Vancouver Gay Community Centre Society, now Qmunity.

1985 issues of Angles. Reference code: AM1675-S2-F002

The series also includes a number of zines and comics published independently in Vancouver and beyond.

Ink Me : A Zine By and For Queer Asian Women. Reference code: AM1675-S2-F579

Oh… : a comic quarterly for her, because it’s time, 1992. Oh… was published in Victoria, BC. Reference code: AM1675-S2-F537

We are thrilled to have all 8.4 metres of periodicals described and available to view in the Reading Room. As always, Reading Room staff are happy to help you narrow down your search. Please pay us a visit and dive in!

4 responses to “Periodicals from the BC Gay and Lesbian Archives collection now available!

  1. John Mackenzie

    Are there any plans to digitize some of these periodicals, at least in part, such as some of the more interesting covers? Thanks.

  2. Users of Angles, the Vancouver lgbt community newspaper, published 1983 to 1998, and of its predecessor, VGCC News, can note that a detailed INDEX (ca 900 p.) to these periodicals is available in print (UBC Library and elsewhere in Canada) and in electronic (PDF) format over the internet at Library and Archives Canada (also through WorldCat). Title proper of index is Angles and VGCC News. Compiler is Alex Spence.

  3. As a follow-up on J Mackenzie’s query:
    Angles is one of the many Canadian and other international lgbt periodicals microfilmed (in 211 reels) and digitized by Gale Cengage from the extensive periodical collections of the ArQuives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives), Toronto. The Gale package is held by many academic libraries. If interested in details, inquire further of UBC Library (perhaps) or of the ArQuives (CLGA).

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