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GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/9 · File · 1980 - 1989
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Photocopies of articles and press cuttings relating to Black lesbian feminism and Black feminist history & literature.

Includes articles on: coming out as a Black lesbian; homosexuality and critical theory; ‘No More Buried Lives: The Theme of Lesbianism in Audre Lorde’s Zami, Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, Ntozake Shange’s Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple’ [by Barbara Christian?], from Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1986); Bessie Smith; Ma Rainey; Angelina Weld Grimké; Whitney Houston; Gladys Bentley; Ernestine Eckstein; Edmonia Lewis; Zora Neale Hurston; heterosexism in Hackney (article by Femi Otitoju).

GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/11 · File · 1980 - 1992
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Folder of material relating to Black lesbians and lesbians of colour, much of it directly related to and/or created by ONYX.

Includes: London Friend annual review 1992; bundle of ONYX documents, including flyers, an information leaflet and meeting minutes (1990); bundle of incoming & outgoing correspondence for ONYX, including correspondence re using the meeting space in 54-56 Phoenix Road (mid-1991) and correspondents including CLCBLG, London Friend, Microsyster, and others. Also contains brochure for counselling training course, grant application guidance leaflet for voluntary organisations, and related material.

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour
GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/16 · File · 1980 - 1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Leaflets, flyers and posters for centres, organisations and events for Black lesbians.

Includes material that refers to: Camden Black Lesbian & Gay Centre (BLGC); London Rape Crisis Centre; Lesbian Archive & Information Centre; Blacklesbians Support Network; Over 40s African & Caribbean Women; Women’s Night Out: Lesbian Issues; CLCBLG; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Lesbian and Gay Solidarity with South African Workers (LGSSAW; run from Gay’s the Word); Lesbians in Coalition; Guarana’s [a lesbian club night]; the Afro-American Studies dept and African Student Union at San Diego State University; Young Black Zami Group; Blackchat at Shelburne Young Women’s Centre; Young Black Lesbians Group; West Hampstead Women’s Centre; Peckham Black Women’s Centre; Centerprise Word Up Women’s Café; Salsa Soul Sisters, Inc; Lesbians in Love and Trouble; Camden Black Sisters; Young Black Zamies; Kiran Asian Women’s Aid; Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Brixton Black Women’s Centre; Blacklesbian Support Network; The Audre Lorde Project: Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit & Transgender People of Color Communities; South Asian Lesbian & Gay Network; Friday Group (Lesbian & Gay Black Group); Hackney Black Lesbian Group; Nyitera House [Uganda]: Desire’s Night Out; Zami II National Blacklesbian Conference; Press Gang Publishers (leaflet for Not Vanishing by Chrystos); Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force & San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Lesbian Information Network; Women’s Resource Centre; Sinister Wisdom lesbian journal; Rape Counselling and Research Project; West London Cyrenians; Sisterwrite bookshop.

Holidays and excursions
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/3 · File · 1980-1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

CLCBLG holiday/excursion and event photographs in Whitstable, Brighton, and unnamed locations [possibly some in the CLCBLG premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road]. The group ran regular trips to the seaside for lesbian mothers and their children, as well as other members.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group
CLCBLG correspondence
GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/38 · File · 1980-1990
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Incoming and outgoing CLCBLG correspondence and records relating to events including conferences and demonstrations.

Correspondents include Camden Black Lesbian Group, Camden Council Social Services Department, and Camden Council Mental Health Resource Group. Also contains a list of contacts and AGM programme for Camden Black Workers’ Group, and I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections Across Differences conference programme & cover letter (Oct 1990).

GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/57 · File · c.1980s
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

CLCBLG administrative and policy records.

Includes: multiple copies of CLCBLG constitution; multiple copies of BLG information pack; CLCBLG job descriptions; CLCBLG grievance procedure; CLCBLG appeals procedure (multiple copies); CLCBLG disciplinary procedure; bundle of master copies of information sheets and recruitment circulars; extract of the Insolvency Act 1986 relating to wrongful and fraudulent trading; roles & responsibilities of Management Committee member; CLC anti-racist policy; CLCBLG Management Committee info pack in brown envelope; and ‘Managing Voluntary Organisations & Community Groups: A Check-list for management committee members’ booklet by Islington Voluntary Action Council.

GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/17 · File · 1980 - 1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Material relating to Black lesbian activism, feminist, queer, anti-racist campaigns, and global solidarity campaigns.

This material comes from a broad range of organisations, collectives and campaigns including: A Woman’s Place; London Boroughs Grants Committee; Migrant Services Unit; Camden Black Sisters; Lesbian Information Network; the Other Production Company; International Black Women for Wages for Housework; InterNations Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee; Anti-Apartheid Movement; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Namibia Support Committee; Zami Black Lesbian Conference; Ethnic Dance Festival ’87; Black Women in the Arts; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre; Project for Advice, Counselling and Education (PACE); London Women’s Centre; CLCBLG; Onlywomen Press; Baobab Books [Zimbabwe]; Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA); Black & Ethnic Minority Lesbians & Gays at London Friend; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Asian Young Women’s Project; Black Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse; Southall Black Sisters; Looking After Ourselves: A Course for Black Lesbians; the Kaleghil Quinn Life Force Arts Centre; material relating to death of Dorothy El-Muracy; Waters of the Cave; Bradford and Leeds Black Sisters; the Aché Project [US]; Centerprise; Asian Incest Survivors Self Help Group; Blacklesbian Support Network; Feminist Review; Women in Shakti; Lesbian Ethics [US]; Akina Mama wa Afrika; Black Lesbians and Gay Men Against Media Homophobia (BLGMAMH); Anti-Apartheid Movement; LESPOP; Haringey Black Action; Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER); Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Justice for Battered Women who Kill campaign; Anti-Racist Alliance; We Are Here: Black Feminists in Britain Conference; Sari Squad; women-only Anti-Deportation Centre; Afia Begum Campaign Against Deportation; Unemployed Workers Centre; Black Women’s Network; Southall Black Women’s Centre; Support Baldev Gill campaign; Zamimass; and more.

Sheila's photographs
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/2 · File · 1980-1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Folder labelled ‘Sheila’s photographs’, containing images from CLCBLG at a demonstration [possibly Lesbian Strength 1985 or Smash the Backlash 1987] and various events at 54-56 Phoenix Road. Includes Kodak box labelled ‘Sheila’, containing film negatives and photographs of CLCBLG seaside excursions; box also contains unlabelled envelope of film negatives (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group
Black women's publications
GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/7 · File · 1980 - 1989
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Literature and publications relating to Black women and Black lesbians.

Includes: All Faiths for One Race (AFFOR) occasional paper ‘On Racism & Sexism’ by Alison Sealey (May 1982); sleeve of articles copied from publications inc New York Native, 7 Sisters Girls Work magazine, ONYX (Black Lesbians Only), Funky Black Lesbians journal etc (c.1980s; includes list of publications); letter and minutes from Black and Ethnic Minority Working Group, Camden Women’s Committee meeting (Jan 1985); The Voice article on Black British women’s artistic contributions (6 Mar 1980); copy of article from Spare Rib Black Women’s special issue (Oct 1983); two magazine pages featuring images of Barbara Burford and J. Casselberry & Jaqué DuPreé; ‘We have Always Been Here’, report by Linda King, Black worker at the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre (Jun 1989); Big Apple Dyke News pub (Mar 1981).

CLCBLG events and trips
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/4 · File · 1980-1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

CLCBLG photographs labelled ‘miscellaneous photographs and photographs of Women’s Conference, Mexico’. Includes image of CLCBLG banner, envelope of photos from CLCBLG event at 54-56 Phoenix Road, envelope of photos of seaside excursion (n.d.; no locations given), envelope of photos from the first Conference of Latin American, Caribbean and Chicana Lesbian Feminists [Mexico City, Oct 1987], photographs from an International Women’s Day event [possibly at CLCBLG?].

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group