Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Rebecka Sheffield

Rebecka Sheffield is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, a post-graduate certificate in Book + Magazine Publishing from the Centre for Creative Communication at Centennial College, and a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in archives and records management. Rebecka’s research draws from social movement theory and archival studies to explore the trajectories of queer archives as social movement organizations. Her dissertation project examines queer archives at a moment in time when the socio-political environment has opened up opportunities for these organizations to engage with the mainstream in ways previously unavailable. Rebecka is particularly interested in the partnerships that have developed between academic institutions and queer archives in the United States and Canada. Rebecka served as guest editor of Archivaria’s Special Section on Queer Archives and has been published in Museum Management & Curatorship and American Archivist. She publishes a blog, www.archivalobjects.com, and is a volunteer archivist at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.