Women’s History Month: Resources for Teaching and Learning - Highlighting Queer History

Published on October 26, 2021

In advance of an upcoming blog series which addresses “Queering the History Curriculum” we have collected some resources of interest to history instructors and history researchers along the theme of queer(ing) history. Below is a list of primary source collections and further readings that could be used for instruction with primary sources, for student research assignments, and more! We encourage you to take a look at these resources and join the conversation by suggesting additions!  

Do you have other suggestions for works that could be included on this list? We’d love to hear them! Let us know by tagging @CndHistAssoc on Twitter and using the hashtag #CHATeachingResourcesChat 

Stay tuned for a piece by Andrea Prajerova next week that speaks to challenging the dominant queer narrative in Canadian history education!


Constance Crompton - “Digital History and the Gay Liberation Movement” - Part 1. Accessed March 16, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8ZWMTJXxoI&feature=youtu.be

Constance Crompton - “Digital History and the Gay Liberation Movement” - Part 2. Accessed March 16, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjAb4nI8ixo&feature=youtu.be

Weissman, Aerlyn, and Lynne Fernie. Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives, 1992. https://www.nfb.ca/film/forbidden_love/

Archives and Collections

The ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives

Archives Gaies du Quebec
http://agq.qc.ca/collections/. http://agq.qc.ca/

OurOntario (EN/FR)
https://search.ourontario.ca/search (thousands of digitized items related to ‘Queer’ history)
https://rechercher.ourontario.ca/search (FR)

he Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony

Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

University of Manitoba, Special Collections, Manitoba Gay and Lesbian Archives:

Université Concordia, Concordia Queer Collective fonds, Lesbian and Gay Friends of Concordia:

Further reading: articles on queering archival collections

Bak, Greg. “‘Where Is Queer?’ Museums and Social Issues, Vol. 3, No. 1.” Archivaria, 2009, 330–33. 

Brown, Elspeth H. “Archival Activism, Symbolic Annihilation, and the LGBTQ2+ Community Archive.” Archivaria, May 10, 2020, 6–33. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/archival-activism-symbolic-annihilation-lgbtq2/docview/2518363196/se-2?accountid=14739

Cantillon, Zelmarie, Sarah Baker, and Bob Buttigieg. “Queering the Community Music Archive.” Australian Feminist Studies 32, no. 91–92 (April 3, 2017): 41–57. https://doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2017.1357004

Cifor, Marika. “Stains and Remains: Liveliness, Materiality, and the Archival Lives of Queer Bodies.” Australian Feminist Studies 32, no. 91–92 (April 3, 2017): 5–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2017.1357014

Cowan, T.L., and Jasmine Rault. “Onlining Queer Acts: Digital Research Ethics and Caring for Risky Archives.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, June 25, 2018, 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/0740770X.2018.1473985

Fraser, James Andrew. “Canadian Gay Archives.” Archivaria, January 1, 1977, 158–59. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/canadian-gay-archives/docview/2528227811/se-2?accountid=14739

Gentile, Patrizia. “Resisted Access? National Security, the Access to Information Act, and Queer(Ing) Archives.” Archivaria, 2009, 141–58. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/resisted-access-national-security-information-act/docview/2518907327/se-2?accountid=14739

Killen, Gemma. “Archiving the Other or Reading Online Photography as Queer Ephemera.” Australian Feminist Studies 32, no. 91–92 (April 3, 2017): 58–74. https://doi.org/10.1080/08164649.2017.1357005

Lee, Jamie Ann. “A Queer/Ed Archival Methodology: Archival Bodies as Nomadic Subjects.” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1, no. 2 (2017). http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/article/view/26

Maynard, Steven. “Police/Archives.” Archivaria, 2009, 159–82. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/police-archives/docview/2518907002/se-2?accountid=14739

Rawson, K. J. “Accessing Transgender // Desiring Queer(Er?) Archival Logics.” Archivaria 68, no. 0 (January 7, 2009): 123–40. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/accessing-transgender-desiring-queer-er-archival/docview/2518906642/se-2?accountid=14739

Riseman, Noah. “The Interview-Document Nexus: Recovering Histories of LGBTI Military Service in Australia.” Archivaria, no. 87 (2019): 6–33. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/interview-document-nexus-recovering-histories/docview/2518871255/se-2?accountid=14739

Sheffield, Rebecka. “ALANA KUMBIER, Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archives.” Archivaria, May 6, 2016, 167–71. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/alana-kumbier-ephemeral-material-queering/docview/2518886852/se-2?accountid=14739

Watts, Gina. “Queer Lives in Archives: Intelligibility and Forms of Memory.” Disclosure: A Journal of Social Theory 27 (2018). https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol27/iss1/18

Wexelbaum, Rachel (editor). LGBT Digital Practices in Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Queers Online - Gender and Sexuality Information Studies. Litwin Books, 2015. https://litwinbooks.com/books/queers-online/

X, Ajamu, Topher Campbell, and Mary Stevens. “Love and Lubrication in the Archives, or Rukus!: A Black Queer Archive for the United Kingdom.” Archivaria, 2009, 271–94. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/love-lubrication-archives-rukus-black-queer/docview/2518907831/se-2?accountid=14739

Zepeda, Lizeth. “Queering the Archive: Transforming the Archival Process.” Disclosure: A Journal of Social Theory 27 (2018). https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol27/iss1/17

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