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Scottish Women's Aid Collection

  • GB 1534 SWA
  • Collection
  • 1973 -

This collection consists of records created by Scottish Women's Aid and local women's aid groups, including annual reports, newsletters, organisational records, promotional material, publications, and other ephemera. There is also a large series of news cuttings included in the collection that were collected by workers at Scottish Women's Aid, primarily from the mid-1970s to early 1990s. The collection also includes informational materials from related organisations used by staff at Scottish Women's Aid.

This collection is currently undergoing processing as part of the Speaking Out: Recalling Women's Aid in Scotland project (2015-2017) and a number of oral histories have been collected and will be added into the archive in late 2017.

Scottish Women's Aid

Scottish Abortion Campaign

  • GB 1534 SAC
  • Collection
  • 1980 - 2002

Papers of the Scottish Abortion Campaign (SAC), a pro-choice organisation based in Scotland. Collection includes papers relating to the running of the SAC; correspondence, press releases, agendas and minutes of meetings, newsletters, event material, press cuttings &etc. Also includes papers relating to the National Abortion Campaign; correspondence, newsletters, conferences, bulletins &etc. Other papers include material relating to anti-abortion campaigns, including parliamentary campaigns.

Scottish Abortion Campaign

Papers of Catherine Morrison

  • GB 1534 CM
  • Collection
  • 1915 - 1977

This collection consists of records related to the life of Catherine Morrison, including photographs, professional certificates and testimonies, a diary, correspondence, and memorabilia. The material primarily focuses on her work as an Ophthalmology Nurse and her War Service in Egypt and India between 1940 and 1947.

Morrison, Catherine (fl 1921-1947), Ophthalmic Nurse

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

Series contains material relating primarily to women's health and LGBTQ health. Includes publications, newsletters, booklets, reports, informative leaflets, guides, resources, articles on a wide variety of topics including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, disability, substance and alcohol dependency, mental health, sexual health, housing and homelessness, policing, lesbian custody, D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people, domestic violence, and more.

Young lesbians

Material relating to young lesbians, including correspondence, newsletters, information literature, and meeting minutes.

Includes material from Lesbian Information Service (including Alcohol, Older Lesbian and Youth sections), Stonewall Postal Action Network, Lesbians on the Loose, London Irish Women’s Centre, Lesbian Youth Support Information Service (LYSIS), Young Lesbian Vox Pop (based in NW England), Samaritans, and other groups.

Black women's health literature

Women’s health publications, essays, and conference materials, with a focus on Black and Scottish women’s healthcare.

Includes: Perceived Health Needs of Black and Ethnic Minority Women report (Nov 1994); Black & Ethnic Minority Women’s Health Sub Group research report (1996); Black and Ethnic Minority Women’s Health Conference programmes (Glasgow, 1995); report on menstrual extraction by Lorraine Rothman (n.d.); 14th annual National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference programme (Jul 1992); Feminist Women’s Health Centre bulletins (c.1971-1977). Some records bear Glasgow Lesbian Line stickers.

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.

Women's and LGBTQ health literature

Resources relating primarily to women’s health issues, including Black and Global Majority women’s health, older women’s health, HIV/AIDs, alcoholism, disability, community mental health, lesbian custody, women’s therapy.

Includes reports, health guides, newsletters, bibliographies, information leaflets from organisations including: Camden Parents’ Forum; Greater London Association of Disabled people (GLAD); Crisis; Enuresis Resource & Information Centre (ERIC); Action for Sick Children; Spinal Injuries Association (SIA); Disability Alliance (DA); Mobility Advice & Vehicle Info Service (MAVIS); Macmillan; Greater London Council; Boadicea: The Voice of Disabled Women in London; UN Children’s Rights Development Unit; Rights of Women (re lesbian custody); Drink Crisis Centre; Newham Alcohol Advisory Service; Women’s Alcohol Centre; ‘Lesbians and Booze… A Political Issue’ essay by Sheila Burns; Lesbian Information Service; Greater London Council Women’s Committee; Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID); Women’s Therapy Centre; Positively Irish Action on AIDs (PIAA); Mind; Camden & Islington Health Promotion Department.

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