Historian in Residence

Kevin Allen

Kevin has been documenting queer people and events for 25+ years, writing for local and national LGBTQ media. He is a career arts administrator with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, from the University of Victoria. Additionally, Kevin works as a senior election official for Elections Canada and Elections Alberta.

Kevin will be leading Historian in Residence programming over the course of his residency. To view programming details, search "Historian in Residence."

Calgary Gay History Project

The Calgary Gay History Project is a research collective working to uncover and preserve stories from Calgary’s LGBTQ past. Started in September 2012, there are now six volunteer researchers under the direction of Kevin Allen, project founder and research lead. The project achieved national recognition at the Governor General’s History Awards in October 2015, and its research has been covered in both local and national media.

Discover some of the resources Kevin finds invaluable in his work in his recommended books list.

Book Office Hours with the Historian in Residence

Both emerging and published researchers and writers are invited to book time with Kevin during his open office hours on Thursdays, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and every other Saturday, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (with the exception of November 8) right up until Christmas (the last Saturday will be December 22).

Please book an appointment in advance by calling 403.260.2713 or emailing hir@calgarylibrary.ca. Please include two to three sentences about a research problem or question for Kevin to assist with during a one-hour booking.

LGBTQ2+ community members are invited to book a meeting with Kevin to share their story and be recorded for his research and the archives of the Calgary Gay History project.

About the Historian in Residence program

The new Central Library’s Historian in Residence program is a three-month, paid community engagement residency that supports individual historians and researchers working in any genre related to the social, cultural and built history of Calgary, Treaty 7 and Métis Region 3.

The resident is invited to work in a bright, designated office space on the fourth floor of the new Central Library in our Calgary’s Story collection and engage with the public through programs such as open office hours, interactive workshops, and lectures.

They are invited to curate an exhibit at NCL which will be displayed each May and are selected in partnership with Calgary Heritage Authority. The Historian in Residence is one of three at the Library: Author, Historian, and Historian.