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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
GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/34 · File · 1987-1988
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

CLCBLG minutes of workers’ meetings.

Issues and topics include: safe spaces for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour; workshops and events; budget, fundraising and finances (inc. wages); connections to other community, feminist, and lesbian groups; practical, procedural and logistical issues such as childcare provision, access to premises, accessibility; strategy and direction of CLCBLG.

GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/53 · File · 1989-1991
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Material relating to Deaf and Hearing Lesbian Group.

Includes: meeting minutes (Jul 1991); Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) information and contacts directory (n.d.); BSL ‘Work survival signs’ diagram (n.d.); and CLCBLG press release re: installation of minicom equipment ([c.1990?]).

Homophobic threat
GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/84 · File · 1987
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Folder containing: copy of homophobic arson threat sent to Hampden Community Centre about CLCBLG after a women-only event (12 Mar 1987); related letter from Hampden Court worker (1 Apr 1987), related letter from CLCBLG to Parker & Klein (21 Apr 1987); related letter from CLCBLG to local councillor (21 Apr 1987); copy of article from Hampstead & Highgate about arson threat (17 Apr 1987); cutting from Outwrite about change to Human Rights Code in Ontario, Canada (Apr 1987).

Premises - Accessibility
GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/88 · File · 1985-1987
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Material relating to making Phoenix Road premises accessible for lesbians with disabilities.

Includes: correspondence between CLCBLG, GEMMA, the Centre on Environment for the Handicapped; access codes for other venues including the Feminist Library, Hampden Community Centre, West Hampstead Women’s Centre and others; and returned Sisters Against Disablement access questionnaires sent to organisations [by CLCBLG?].