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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

Grant funding cuts to CLCBLG

Records relating to cuts in grant aid for CLCBLG.

Includes: CLCBLG AGM meeting minutes; records relating to proposed grant aid cuts for financial year 1993/94 (recommendations for grant aid and proposed budget for women’s centres from Camden Council Grants Committee, CLCBLG response to proposal, letters of support from other groups and organisations including London Friend, Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Camden Lesbian Workers’ Group, Zamimass Planning Committee, GEMMA, London Irish Women’s Centre, DAHLING); correspondence from Camden Corporate Services dept; and campaign updates from another local campaign against cuts to charity sector.
Notes relating to cuts in Grant Aid (1988)- AGM meeting minutes, 1993/94 Guidelines for grant aid to Women’s Centres and recommendations for CLCBLG aid, CLCBLG response to reduced 1993/94 grant aid, letters of support from other organisations and individuals (including London Friend, Latin American Women’s Rights Service, Camden Lesbian Workers Group, Zamimass Planning Committee, GEMMA, London Irish Women’s Centre), Camden Corporate Services grant correspondence, campaign updates.

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

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

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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