The LGBT Oral History Digital Collaboratory is based at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Lesbians Making History project; the Digital Transgender Archive; the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria; and the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Elspeth Brown, elspeth.brown@utoronto.ca.
General inquiries: Project Manager, Dr. Cait McKinney, mckinneycait@gmail.com

Project Overview 

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory connects archives across Canada and the U.S. to produce a digital history hub for the research and study of gay, lesbian, queer, and trans* oral histories.

As the largest LGBTQ oral history project in North American history, the collaboratory connects hundreds of life stories using new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. The project develops these methods through practice: our collaborators connect to share resources and ideas, but also roll up their sleeves to digitize tapes and make this material available online.

The Collaboratory is supported by a five-year research grant from the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada. The project began in summer 2014.