The Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice.
Connexions preserves “alternative” histories that rarely appear in the mainstream record, and makes them available online to a wide public, as well as in physical form to researchers and scholars.
Established in 1975, the Connexions Archive preserves and publishes materials spanning more than 50 years of grassroots activism.
* A resource to help the activists, organizers, and scholars of today and tomorrow connect with and learn from the lives, the work, the writings, and the experiences of prior generations of grassroots activists.
* A physical archive comprising tens of thousands of documents, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, posters, brochures, leaflets, books, newspaper clippings, buttons, postcards, audio recordings and other materials.
* An ever-expanding digital archive with more than 20,000 documents and images already available online, and more being added continually.
* The Connexions Archive is an extremely active “working archive” where volunteers and interns from around the world work together to digitize, abstract, index, and translate materials and make them available online.
* The Connexions website makes materials available to a wide national and international public. The carefully designed multi-level indexing system gives users and activists, students, scholars, and the general public, deeper and more relevant search results when they search for information, ideas, and sources. The website records more than 500,000 page views a month, and continues to grow.
We are an all-volunteer project dependent on donations from supporters. If you’d like to make a one-time or monthly donation, or if you’d like to consider leaving a bequest to support Connexions’ work, please see here for more information.
The Connexions Archive: Building on the past to shape the future.
Help secure the Archive’s future
Connexions is currently seeking a permanent home for the archive and the people who work on it.
The minimum space we need to house both the collection and the volunteers who do the cataloguing, scanning, etc. would be approximately 600 square feet. An ideal space would be 1,000 - 1,100 square feet. The space need not necessarily be contiguous: it would be possible to have the work space in one spot, and the actual collection in another, as long as they were close enough to make it possible to go from the one to go back and forth in a resonable time. We can afford to make a monthly contribution for the cost of the space, heat, hydro, etc. but we cannot afford market rent.
Please contact us if you have space, or suggestions, leads, or contacts for a suitable space or working arrangement or partnership. For more information, see our fact sheet, read the Case for grassroots archives, or our callout to other grassroots archives, Is that an archive in your basement ... or are you just hoarding?
Contact us at 416-964-5735 or via the contact form.
Highlights from the Connexions Archive
A People’s Chronology. Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.