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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

Camden Council committees

Series contains material relating to Camden Council Women's Committee and its Lesbian and Gay Committee. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, reports, correspondence, and more.

Camden Council’s Women’s Committee and its Lesbian & Gay Committee worked closely with CLCBLG and were their central links to the state, acting as advocates for women's and lesbian & gay issues on 'the inside'.

Camden Council Women's Committee

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.

CLCBLG events and trips

CLCBLG photographs labelled ‘miscellaneous photographs and photographs of Women’s Conference, Mexico’. Includes image of CLCBLG banner, envelope of photos from CLCBLG event at 54-56 Phoenix Road, envelope of photos of seaside excursion (n.d.; no locations given), envelope of photos from the first Conference of Latin American, Caribbean and Chicana Lesbian Feminists [Mexico City, Oct 1987], photographs from an International Women’s Day event [possibly at CLCBLG?].

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

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