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Camden Lesbian identity
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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

CLCBLG Management Committee records

CLCBLG Management Committee meeting agendas, minutes and reports.

Includes newsletters of other women’s and lesbian feminist groups, including: Southwark Sappho ([Feb 1990]); Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre (March 1990); Croydon Lesbian Social & Support Group (May 1990, Nov 1990); and more.

Training and events - information and supplementary material

Material relating to training and events for women, feminists, and lesbians.

Includes: ‘Finding A Place to Live’ training session supplementary material (Dec 1987); report entitled ‘Working with Lesbians: Is Feminist Theory Compatible with Community Work Practice?’ (author unknown; n.d.); Camden Gay Men’s Group flyers and notices (c.1988); programme for Alternative Arts 10th International Women’s Day Show (8 Mar 1996); Camden Black Sisters Management Committee training programme (Mar-Apr 1987); Labyrinth Women’s Workshops Autumn programme (1987); flyer for acupuncture with Gerry Harris (n.d.); photocopied excerpt from book about the female reproductive system and gynaecological health; course booklet for heterosexism awareness training at North London College (1989); information leaflet for Dundee Young Women’s Project.

Administrative records

Material relating to training and events for women, feminists, and lesbians.

Includes: ‘Finding A Place to Live’ training session supplementary material (Dec 1987); report entitled ‘Working with Lesbians: Is Feminist Theory Compatible with Community Work Practice?’ (author unknown; n.d.); Camden Gay Men’s Group flyers and notices (c.1988); programme for Alternative Arts 10th International Women’s Day Show (8 Mar 1996); Camden Black Sisters Management Committee training programme (Mar-Apr 1987); Labyrinth Women’s Workshops Autumn programme (1987); flyer for acupuncture with Gerry Harris (n.d.); photocopied excerpt from book about the female reproductive system and gynaecological health; course booklet for heterosexism awareness training at North London College (1989); information leaflet for Dundee Young Women’s Project.
Folder containing assorted administrative and operational records for CLCBLG.

Includes: Draft review of CLCBLG (Jul 1990); CLCBLG [annual report materials], inc. budget, finance report, and master copy of contents page (1990-1991); Peckham Black Lesbian Social & Discussion Group flyers (inc. master version); CLCBLG finance procedures document (May 1990); Haringey Council Lesbian & Gay Unit disability review (12 Mar 1990) & minutes of Camden Council Women’s Unit meeting (13 Mar 1990); reports and client record system codes from Camden Community Law Centre (inc. data on women with debt issues; 1990); CLCBLG job role descriptions for temporary administrator and Black lesbian sessional worker; photocopied extract from a book about Black and Global Majority histories.

Administrative records and CLCBLG policies

CLCBLG administrative and policy records.

Includes: multiple copies of CLCBLG constitution; multiple copies of BLG information pack; CLCBLG job descriptions; CLCBLG grievance procedure; CLCBLG appeals procedure (multiple copies); CLCBLG disciplinary procedure; bundle of master copies of information sheets and recruitment circulars; extract of the Insolvency Act 1986 relating to wrongful and fraudulent trading; roles & responsibilities of Management Committee member; CLC anti-racist policy; CLCBLG Management Committee info pack in brown envelope; and ‘Managing Voluntary Organisations & Community Groups: A Check-list for management committee members’ booklet by Islington Voluntary Action Council.

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.

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

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