Toronto, Ontario (May 22, 2018)
Project: Digital Hub
The CLGA currently has 15 separate databases which are used for cataloguing and describing different the different types of materials stored in the archives. The software does not provide validation controls to ensure consistent data entry, making searching, reporting, and data entry cumbersome and inefficient. With our current system we are not able to make our collection database available to the public for in-house or on-line searching – only our staff and volunteers have access.
Digital Hub will be a new search interface to the records describing the diverse collections housed at the CLGA, as well as the full text of significant newspapers and documents such as The Body Politic which have already been digitized. This search portal will allow researcher anywhere in the world to delve into the collections, see connections between items, request more information from the CLGA, and add their own comments and feedback. The behind the scenes administrative database management system will also be upgraded to comply with current national descriptive standards for each material type, and to improve consistency of subject and naming conventions.
Since 1973, the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives acquires, preserves and provides public access to material on the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer committees in Canada. The CLGA is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archive in the world.
The Archives were established in 1973 by The Body Politic’s editorial collective (also known as the Pink Triangle Press). Originally named the Canadian Gay Liberation Movement Archives, the organization became the Canadian Gay Archives in 1975; established a separate collective in 1976; incorporated in 1980; received Charitable status in 1981; formed a board of directors in 1992; and adopted its current name in 1993.