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Founded in 1976, the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives is a resource for the British Columbia queer community and its allies. The archives are located in Vancouver's West End, traditionally the epicenter of the city's gay and lesbian community. The holdings are maintained by founder and archivist Ron Dutton, who operates the archives out of his home.
The archive holdings include three quarters of a million items that span 1700 to the present, and include media; personal papers such as diaries; photographs and films; and reports from the government and academic researchers. Dutton strives to maintain a diverse collection, particularly focusing on women, people of colour, two-spirited people, and people with disabilities, whose histories are often underrepresented by Vancouver's white- and male-dominated media. The archive users are largely academic researchers and the media, as well as university students, authors, filmmakers, and representatives of gay and lesbian community organizations. For example, it has been a major resource for AIDS Vancouver as they sought to document thirty years of HIV/AIDS history in the Vancouver area.