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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

Women's and LGBTQ health literature

Publications, booklets and newsletters covering a variety of topics and issues including health (primarily), substance dependency, HIV/AIDS, pacifism, work and workers’ rights, adult learning, policing, rape and sexual assault,

Includes: ‘A Practical Guide for How to Help the Friends and Relatives of Drug Users’ by the Blenheim Project (n.d.); ‘A Do-It-Yourself Guide: How to Stop to Opiate Withdrawal’ by the Blenheim Project (n.d.); ‘Raging Womyn: A Comment on the Women’s Liberation Movement & the Common Womyn’s Peace Camp at Greenham’ (c.1984); ‘Staying Out: A resource guide for lesbians and gay men in Hackney’ by Hackney Council (May 1990); ‘Women Loving Women: Safer Sex’ leaflet by Gay Men’s Health Crisis (1990); ‘The Cervical Smear Test: Why You Need It’ leaflet by the Health Education Authority (1993); ‘More Equal than Some’ report on women with disabilities by Deborah Perry for Lady Margaret Hall Settlement (n.d.); ‘All in a Day’s Work: A report on anti-lesbian discrimination in employment and unemployment in London’ by Lesbian Employment Rights (1986); ‘Women Return to Learning: A Guide to Education & Training in Inner London’ by Ceri Williams (1989); ‘Camden’s Health Directions: A Guide to Services and Organisations in Camden’ directory (2000); ‘HIV & AIDS: Information for Lesbians’ pamphlet by the Terence Higgins Trust (n.d. [c.1986?]); ‘Women Talking about AIDS’ by AVERT (1990); ‘Your Health: A Guide to Services for Women’ pamphlet by the Dept for Health (May 1991); ‘NHS Service for Lesbians’ leaflet by the Bernhard Clinic (n.d.); ‘The Issues: Black Lesbians & Black Gay Men’ booklet by Lesbian & Gay Employment Rights (LAGER; n.d.); ‘Staying Out: A resource guide for lesbians and gay men’ by Hackney Council (1988); London Asian Women’s Directory, produced by the Asian Women’s Network (n.d.); Women’s Health Directory, produced by CINDEX for Camden Libraries & Arts (Mar 1989); Women’s Health annual report (1990/91); ‘Immersion’ novella by Mary Mackey with illustrations by Mady Sklar (1972); ‘Housework and the politics of Women’s Liberation’ by Ellen Malos (c.1978); Lesbian Network for women affected by cancer flyer (n.d.); ‘Women: The Recruiter’s Last Resort’ report by Dina Portnoy (1974); ‘Rape and sexual assault: what you can do’ information leaflet (n.d.); ‘Lesbian and Gay Parenting’ report of London Lesbian and Gay Centre conference (11 Oct 1986); ‘Cystitis and what to do about it!’ leaflet by the Health Education Authority (1993); ‘Income Tax and Sex Discrimination: A Practical Guide’ by Patricia Hewitt for the National Council for Civil Liberties (1979); ‘Please Yourself: Sex for Girls’ by Coventry Women’s Education Group (n.d.); ‘Virago Handbook 1: For Widows’ by June Hemer and Ann Stanyer (1978); ‘It’s not who you are… It’s what you do’ HIV/AIDS guide for women by Haringey Council Women’s Unit (n.d.); National Osteoporosis Society info leaflet (n.d.); ‘Cervical Smears: What every woman should know’ leaflet from Marie Stopes House (n.d.); Women’s Health Newsletter 25 (Feb 1995); SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas (Matriarchy Study Group, 1983); Project for Advice, Counselling and Education (PACE) annual report (1995); Camden Homelessness Action & Information Network (CHAIN) newsletter (Dec 1995); Fat News newsletter by the Fat Women’s Group (Dec 1995); Older Lesbian Network newsletters (Sept 1994, Oct 1994, Aug 1995, Jun 1995, Jul 1995); Positive in Camden bulletin (Jul/Aug 1995); Camden Network bulletin 127 (Aug 1995); Dykenosis (LesBeWell) newsletter 5 (Aug 1995); Dykenosis report on LesBeWell lesbian health conference (n.d. [c.1990s]); Gay & Lesbian Parenting Group (GLPG) newsletter (Summer 1995); Outwrite 71 (Dec 1988); Islington Women’s News bulletin (Winter 1995, Spring 1996); Northgate News (Oxford L&G Centre; Sept 1995); London Boroughs Grants Committee training programme (Oct 1995-Mar 1996); London Lighthouse annual report (1994); BLK magazine 3.4 (Apr 1991), 3.4 (May 1991), 3.6 (Jun 1991); ‘What has Hep got to do with me?’ info leaflet by Russell Harty (Jimmy’s) (n.d.); the Scene in London (SIN) directory of women’s & lesbian services (n.d.); ‘London Lesbian Line celebrates ten years!’ article (1993); Outwrite ‘Masses of women – but where is the movement?’ articles (1986); Disability Awareness in Action newsletters (May 1995, Jun 1995, Aug 1995, Sept/Oct 1995); poster for ONYX at London Friend (n.d.); The Feminist Library newsletter (Autumn 1995); ‘Aqui Nosotras: Bulletin of the European-Latin American Women’s Network’ (May 1995); ‘Organisations for Lesbians and Gay men in Camden, London and nationwide’ list (multiple copies; n.d. [1990s?]); Creative and Supportive Trust (CAST) annual report (1994); Women’s Centre Sutton newsletter (1995); Stonewall newsletter (Apr 1995); Campaign Against Pornography (CAP) newsletter (Autumn 1994); Dykenosis (LesBeWell) newsletter (Dec 1995); Sistren Black Lesbian Group poster (n.d.); the City Lit ‘Building on Beijing: an Older Women’s Study Day’ flyer (1996); CAP info leaflet (n.d.); London Lighthouse events programme (Spring 1995); CLCBLG info leaflet (n.d.); ‘Women in the Unitarian Movement’ booklet (1992); Lesbian & Gay Switchboard ‘Lesbians, HIV & Safer Sex – Low Risk isn’t No Risk’ booklet (n.d.); Inform-al info leaflet (n.d.); GEMMA info leaflet (n.d.); ‘Paving the Way: Streetworks to help people with disabilities’ leaflet by Camden Council (Mar 1989); Freedom Clinic info leaflet (n.d.); Boadicea Disabled Women’s Newsletter (Oct/Nov 1995).

Conference paper drafts from the Feminists Against Sexual Terrorism Conference, Leeds, Nov 1980: ‘The Politics of Lesbian Sexuality’ essay by Danu November; ‘Can we use the media to get across our message?’ by Annie Smith; ‘Violence in Obstetrics’ by Lis from Radical Midwives; ‘Campaign against Sexual/Psychological Terrorism’ by Shirley Frost; ‘Rape, Sexuality and Crimes of Violence’ by Sandra McNeill; ‘Patriarchal Justice and the Threat of Rape’ by Des Feminists Revolutionnaires; ‘Sex Law – England and Wales’ by Leeds Women’s Liberation Sex Law Group; ‘Rape, Like Charity, Begins at Home’ by Women Against Rape; ‘Prostitution and the Women’s Liberation Movement’ by Sheila Jeffreys; ‘Indecent Exposure’ (unknown author); ‘Age of Consent’ by Sandra McNeill and Valerie Sinclair; ‘Mental Hospitals’ Closure’ (unknown author); ‘Politics of Counselling in Rape Crisis Centres’ by Marian Morrigan; ‘Gynaecology, Obstetrics – a refined form of violence?’ by Anna Briggs.

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 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.

Sheila's photographs

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 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.

Records of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Series contains material relating to the establishment, management, activities, and eventual closure (c.1996) of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, annual reports, correspondence, flyers, posters, leaflets, press cuttings, message books, workers' logbooks, commissioned research, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Holidays and excursions

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

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.).

Wider LGBTQ issues

Folder of press cuttings relating to LGBTQ+ life and issues including homophobia, sex education, HIV/AIDS, politics and more.

Also contains press coverage of CLCBLG’s premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road. Titles include: Evening Standard; Capital Gay; Islington Gazette; Guardian; Camden New Journal; Camden and St. Pancras Chronicle; Haringey Advertiser; the Sun; Independent; Enfield Advertiser and more.

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