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Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

  • GB 1534 CLCBLG
  • Collection
  • 1964 - 2001

Papers and correspondence of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group (CLCLBLG), a lesbian feminist collective and physical space (c.1982-1995). Includes autograph, typescript, printed and photocopied material.

The archive includes: personal and business correspondence; CLCBLG administrative records including annual reports, diaries, meeting minutes and agendas, employee information packs, policy and procedural documents, and related material; CLCBLG Management Committee administrative records, including meeting minutes; CLCBLG newsletters; CLCBLG publicity material including flyers, posters and leaflets; press cuttings covering CLCBLG’s development, contemporary lesbian and gay issues, and related issues and communities; newsletters and bulletins of various other women’s, feminist, LGBTQ+, community and/or voluntary organisations; feminist and/or LGBTQ+ periodicals and journals; papers, programmes, flyers and other material relating to various women’s and/or lesbian feminist conferences; literature, flyers and circular correspondence relating to global solidarity campaigns with women in the Global South (e.g., South Africa, Namibia, Chile, indigenous Australian communities, Peru, India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and elsewhere); administrative records of Camden Council Women’s Committee including meeting minutes; administrative records of Camden Council Lesbian and Gay Unit including meeting minutes; administrative records of A Woman’s Place including meeting minutes and correspondence; literature relating to women’s health and wellbeing, including resource guides and reports; audio cassettes; VHS tapes; material relating to various feminist collectives and women’s groups, including briefings, journals, bulletins, information sheets, legal guidance; academic journal articles and longform journalism; administrative records of London Women’s Centre at Wesley House, 4 Wild Court including meeting minutes, correspondence relating to events and premises, and material relating to groups based at the Centre.

The collection also contains a sizeable photographic archive including original photographs, slides, prints, photocopied and printed images, many of which appear to have originated with – or been featured in – Outwrite women’s newspaper. Many of these photographs document CLCBLG’s life and its members, while others document local, national and international protests, struggles and activist campaigns.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Ceasefire

1991, London. Various contributors. Larger-than-A5 format. Front cover: lilac background, cartoon image of tv on top of a body, with skull inside, reads "adjust your sense of reality." Black and white content. Subject matter: comic strips written and drawn entirely by women.

Cath Tate

CLCBLG events and trips

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

CLCBLG Management Committee records

CLCBLG Management Committee meeting agendas, minutes and reports.

Includes newsletters of other women’s and lesbian feminist groups, including: Southwark Sappho ([Feb 1990]); Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre (March 1990); Croydon Lesbian Social & Support Group (May 1990, Nov 1990); and more.

Conferences for Black lesbians and gays

Material relating to conferences for Black lesbians and gays and lesbians & gays of colour, including flyers, leaflets, agendas, meeting minutes, programmes, conference papers, and information packs for various conferences and events.

Conferences include: the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (BLGC) AGMs (1987-1989); Zami and Zami II conferences (1988 & 1989); International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour Conference (Nov 1990); Black Lesbians & Gays ‘Fighting Heterosexism in Our Communities!’ conference (21 Mar 1986); Asian Women’s Network ‘Organising into the 90s’ conference (Jun 1990); Black Pride and Solidarity, St Louis (Dec 1985); ‘Lesbian Politics – Just a Lifestyle?’ conference, Durban (Dec 1994); Black Caucus of Legislation for Lesbian & Gay Rights meeting (n.d.); ‘I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections across Differences’ conference, Boston MA (Oct 1990); ‘Black Communities: Living & Struggling Together’ conference (Feb 1986); London Against Racism ‘Youth: Racism & Power’ conference (n.d. [1984?]); Third World Lesbian workshop at 8th International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) Conference, Geneva (Mar 1986).

Correspondence

Series contains correspondence relating to the personal, professional and activist work of Forster. This includes material related to her work in the theatre including The Royal Theatrical Fund Annual Report and The Shakespeare Globe Trust, invitations, correspondence between Forster and Dawn Airey re. a proposal about a lesbian and gay series ‘Outhouse’ on Channel 5 (1996), Sappho related material, material related the Gay Rights Act in 1995 and Stonewall organisation, reunion dinners, letters from publishers, a photocopied letter from the Prime Minister (1989), letter Forster sent to the Times re. The Times representation of Emperor Hirohito’s funeral, family letters, correspondence from a student union, the BBC and Channel 4, National Council for Civil Liberties and other activist networks and organisations. Also contains letters regarding the death and obituary of Sandy Horn. Series also contains personal correspondence such as birthday cards and postcards.

Forster, Jacqueline Moir (1926-1998)

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