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Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive Camden
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Administrative records

Material relating to training and events for women, feminists, and lesbians.

Includes: ‘Finding A Place to Live’ training session supplementary material (Dec 1987); report entitled ‘Working with Lesbians: Is Feminist Theory Compatible with Community Work Practice?’ (author unknown; n.d.); Camden Gay Men’s Group flyers and notices (c.1988); programme for Alternative Arts 10th International Women’s Day Show (8 Mar 1996); Camden Black Sisters Management Committee training programme (Mar-Apr 1987); Labyrinth Women’s Workshops Autumn programme (1987); flyer for acupuncture with Gerry Harris (n.d.); photocopied excerpt from book about the female reproductive system and gynaecological health; course booklet for heterosexism awareness training at North London College (1989); information leaflet for Dundee Young Women’s Project.
Folder containing assorted administrative and operational records for CLCBLG.

Includes: Draft review of CLCBLG (Jul 1990); CLCBLG [annual report materials], inc. budget, finance report, and master copy of contents page (1990-1991); Peckham Black Lesbian Social & Discussion Group flyers (inc. master version); CLCBLG finance procedures document (May 1990); Haringey Council Lesbian & Gay Unit disability review (12 Mar 1990) & minutes of Camden Council Women’s Unit meeting (13 Mar 1990); reports and client record system codes from Camden Community Law Centre (inc. data on women with debt issues; 1990); CLCBLG job role descriptions for temporary administrator and Black lesbian sessional worker; photocopied extract from a book about Black and Global Majority histories.

Administrative records and CLCBLG policies

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.

Audio cassettes

Audio cassettes:
Tackling Heterosexism: A Handbook of Lesbian Rights & GLC Women’s Committee (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); LA Anti-Discrimination Code of Practice (n.d.); Borough Action News No. 3 (tape 1; Jan 1987); Radar/Mind 1986 Disabled Persons Act & Handbook of Voluntary Organisations (c.1986); Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) 1986 Chapter 33 (c.1986); Women and Public Transport (n.d.); Haringey Disabilities Committee (June 1987); Education Matters (re Clause 28 & News of Lords Debate; n.d.); CLCBLG minutes of Management Committee meeting & agenda (Nov & Dec 1991); International Women’s Week exhibition (7 Mar 1991); Hackney: Staying Out (May 1988); Disability Sub Group (13 Jul 1987); ITOI Guidelines for Advocacy in Mental Handicapped Hospitals (n.d.); Borough Action News No.3 (tape 2; Jan 1987); GLC- Equal Opportunities Code of Practice (tape 2; n.d.); Women & Transport Conference (Oct 1985); LLGRC Conference info (n.d.); How to Make Ink Print Available to Blind & Partially Sighted People booklet (n.d.); Tackling Heterosexism (tape 3; n.d.); Lesbian Strength & Pride (1989); Disability sub group & access code to unit (9 Mar 1987); Minutes of Lesbians & Gays with Disabilities subgroup (13 May 1987); Harassment of lesbians and gays: how to challenge it in GLC (n.d.); Disability subgroup (14 Sept 1987); Disability subgroup mailing original (13 Aug 1986); Progress Report Disabilities GLC (tape 2; n.d.); L&G Sub Committee (1 Oct 1986); L&G with Disabilities Further Action (n.d.); Gay Men’s Sub-Group Disability sub group (9 Jan 1987 & 21 Jan 1987); Disability sub group minutes & access code to Lesbian & Gay Unit (9 Mar 1987); GLC Move Together (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin Carematch (tape 3; n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Knowing the Difference (tape 3; n.d.); Changing the World (tapes 1-3, multiple copies; n.d.); Changing the World Recommendations Gay/Lesbian GPS (n.d.); Section 28: A Guide for School, Teachers, Governors etc. (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 3: agenda No.11-16; 16 Dec 1986); Making Connections PWD & PW AIDS (n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 4, agenda no.16 & appendix; 16 Dec1986); Haringey Lesbian Strength and Gay Pride Programme (1987); Haringey Strategy Statement on Racial Equality (n.d.); North London S&P Programme (1988); Local Government Bill mailing (n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin (tape 1; n.d.); Women & Disabilities (tape 1; Jan 1986); Women’s Committee Support Unit & draft of booklet on lesbian experience (n.d.); Access at conferences & meeting for people with disabilities (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); North London Lesbian Strength and Unity; Materiography parts 1/2 & 3/4 (LRB 11; n.d.); Radio 5 Out This Week (25 Jan 1998); Women’s Airwaves (n.d.); Reformation- Chadwick (Part III, pp. 363-386); To Kirsten Hearne from CLCBLG (n.d.); Mistress tape reply to tape letters of enquiry from individual women to LISG (n.d.); Kirsten Hearne (from CLCBLG) concerning training (n.d.); Minutes of CLCBLG Management Committee & meeting agenda (Dec 1991 & Jan 1992); Letter to CLCBLG Management Committee members re non-attendance (Feb 1992); OLGA Prospectus (n.d.); Greater London Council Computer Information Pack for PWD (n.d.); Unite Bulletin no.1 COH Newsletter (May/June) & Guidelines for Sub-Group Co-operation (n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Ailsa Beckett article contd (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black lesbian and anti-racist campaigns

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.

Black lesbian and gay activism

Material relating to Black lesbian and gay rights and issues, including protests, global solidarity campaigns, and other forms of direct action.

Includes: leaflets and flyers for Smash the Backlash (May 1986); leaflets for Haringey Black Action (n.d.); ‘A far cry from the Pacific’ flyer against US occupation of and nuclear testing in Pacific islands (1986); Women Working for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific poster (Jan 1988); flyer for public meeting on racist, sexist and homophobic immigration law (1986); Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER) flyer and poster (c.1980s); LESPOP ‘Black Lesbians in London up against the law’ flyer (n.d.) and ‘Black Lesbians and the Police’ flyers (1988); Haringey Black Action article (n.d.); LAGER ‘Black Lesbians and Gays Fight Back’ leaflets (1988); Camden & Islington Black Sisters ‘Black Women’s Protest Against Racism at Hampstead Women’s Pond’ poster (Aug 1985); Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism flyer (c.1990s); Haringey Black Action anti-apartheid demo (n.d.).

Black lesbian and gay organisations in London

Includes: Peckham Black Women’s Group flyer (n.d.), Peckham Black Women’s Centre annual review (1989), Hackney Lesbians Social flyer (n.d.), Women’s Training Link application (n.d.); Truly Fierce Productions flyer (n.d.); London Black Gay Group publication (essays & creative writing); Black Lesbian & Gay Centre newsletter (Sept, Nov 1986; Jun, Oct 1987; Aug-Sept 1993); In Print Peckham Black Women’s Group newsletter no. 2 (c. 1986).

Also contains London Boroughs Grants Committee application by Black Lesbian & Gay Centre (16 March 1988).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black Lesbian events

Posters, flyers, handouts promoting poetry nights, music, disco nights, and other social events for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour.

Includes: flyers for events from Blacklesbian and Blackgay Pride, Black Lesbian Cultural Workers collective, Outwrite Women’s Newspaper, Azadi Asian Women’s Film Project, First International Feminist Bookfair, Sisterwrite Bookshop, Women’s Independent Cinema, SHAKTI and SHAKTI GHAR co-operative for homeless Asian lesbians and gay men, Onlywomen Press. Also includes a bibliography of books by or about Black lesbians from the LAIC (October 1988) and some poems from Not Vanishing by Chrystos (Press Gang, 1988).

Black lesbian groups (local and international)

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.

Black women's groups

Material relating to Black women’s groups, including newsletters, flyers, leaflets, journals, articles.

Includes: Camden Black Sisters Group pamphlet (n.d.); Hackney Council Women’s Unit newsletter (Jul 1993); CLC&BLG flyer for new management committee (c. Oct 1995); Black Feminist Newsletter (c.1985); Speak Out: Women Challenging Racism events bulletin (c.1984); copy of Cray Community Newsletter including article about death of Pat Parker (c.1989); copy of Deborah Orr article on gender dysphoria (n.d.); Black Link: The Journal of the Afro-Caribbean Educational Project journal (1993); South London Single Parents’ Group open day invitation & 2 flyers (1988); Elbwo Grapevine News (Nov 1989); Salsa Soul Sisters Inc. bulletin and events calendar (1985); Sex, Race and Class Black and Third World Women’s Discussion & Study Group bulletin including letter appealing for support re funding cuts (c.1988); events flyers for Women’s Resource Centre open day (1990; duplicates) and Camden Black Sisters Black Women Achievers Day (1990); West Hampstead Women’s Centre flyer (n.d.).

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