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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

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black Lesbians and Lesbians of Colour

Master copies of headed paper, event invitations, discussion templates, SAD access codes, flyers, and font tests for ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black Lesbians and Lesbians of Colour. Also includes one floppy disk.

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

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).

Older lesbians

Material relating to older lesbians.

Includes: ‘Older Women Talking – Getting together to discuss issues affecting your lives’ (20 Nov 1986); ‘Old Lesbians: Out and Proud’, Social Work Today magazine (4 May 1989); report from London Older Lesbians’ Conference (24 Mar 1984), Older Lesbian Network newsletters (Apr 1991, Oct 1991, Jan/Feb 1992, Feb 1992, Mar/Apr 1992, Apr/May 1992, Oct 1993, Nov 1993); Camden Council Women’s Committee, CLCBLG newsletters (incomplete run; various issues c.1988-1991); GEMMA newsletter (Jun 1995), ‘Speaking Out: Herstory of an Old Lesbian’ article (no source; n.d.); list of organisations for lesbians and gay men in Camden, London and nationwide (n.d.).

Related women’s and lesbian & gay services

Material relating to local women’s and lesbian & gay services.

Includes: Hackney Council Women’s Unit newsletter (Mar 1994); CLCBLG information pack (inc. membership application form and events calendar for 1991/2); Lesbian Archive & Information Centre press release re loss of funding (1991); CLCBLG annual report for 1985/6; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre newsletter (Jun/Jul 1993).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black women's publications

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).

Camden Council correspondence

Material relating to CLCBLG’s relations and interactions with Camden Council.

Includes: circulars from the Council to community groups re: police consultation, equal opportunities, social events for voluntary and community organisations, the future of Hampstead Heath, and other issues; Council correspondence (incoming and outgoing) re: CLCBLG search for suitable premises, including letters from local councillors in support of CLCBLG; report on local social services provision for lesbians and gay men; Camden Council annual report (1984/85) and budget consultation (1986/87); booklets and flyers re: sport in Camden, local service provision, and racism in council housing allocation.

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