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Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive
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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

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

Formation, administration and programming of CLCBLG

Material relating to the formation, administration and programming of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Women’s Group, as well as records relating to the establishment and activities of other collectives and community groups. Includes flyers, reports, newsletters, posters, correspondence, job descriptions, adverts for the CLCBLG.

Includes: questionnaire on Section 28 from Lesbian Custody Project; letter from Black Womantalk publishing co-op; annual reports of Black Lesbian & Gay Centre Project and associated paperwork; letter from Eleventh House Housing Co-operative; Black Lesbians & Gays Against Media Homophobia; account of CLC’s confirmation of premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road; flyer/s and press for Kentish Town Women’s Workshop; Lesbians in Libraries bulletin; job adverts for CLC; Women’s Media Resource Centre invite.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Records re CLCBLG and Black lesbian events

CLCBLG meeting minutes, leaflets, flyers and correspondence. Bundle also includes six folders primarily comprising correspondence, meeting minutes, invoices and records relating to event planning:
1/100/1: CLCBLG minutes, flyers, correspondence (c.1988-1989)
1/100/2: Records relating to organisation of Zami II: The second national Black Lesbian Conference (1989)
1/100/3: Minutes of planning meetings for CLCBLG Blacklesbian event in Mar 1988; also contains meeting minutes regarding Black lesbian open day at the Centre.
1/100/4: CBLG meeting minutes, flyers, correspondence, planning notes regarding International Women’s Week 1989 events (c.1989)
1/100/5: Correspondence, invoices and licensing documents relating to CLCBLG events and affiliated projects, including Camden Women’s Bus (c.1988)
1/100/6: CLCBLG correspondence, meeting minutes, and draft T&Cs of employment at CLC (1987)
1/100/7: Correspondence and booking form regarding room hire at Tolmers Square Community Centre (1987)

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black Lesbian Group correspondence

Incoming correspondence and press releases sent to CLCBLG (primarily BLG). Correspondents include: Spare Rib, BLK Publishing Co., Project for Advice, Counselling and Education (PACE), Lesbian Custody Project, Black Feminist Newsletter, Onlywomen Press, Camden Black Parents & Teachers Group, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Procedural and policy records

CLCBLG procedural documents, including: disciplinary procedure for employees; anti-discrimination policy; questionnaire re adherence to the Sisters Against Disablement (SAD) access code (for hire spaces and other venues/orgs); office procedures; employment appeals procedure; CLCBLG constitution; workshop enrolment form; application and terms & conditions for CLCBLG hire; creche bookings list; workshop enrolment list; letter rates; and SAD access code.

Premises - Construction work

Matrix floor plans of Phoenix Road premises, invoices from Common Ownership Design and Construct (CODAC) for building works completed and related correspondence, and copy of building contract between CLCBLG and CODAC (c.1986-1988).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

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