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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

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.

Black lesbian groups (local and international)

Leaflets, flyers and posters for centres, organisations and events for Black lesbians.

Includes material that refers to: Camden Black Lesbian & Gay Centre (BLGC); London Rape Crisis Centre; Lesbian Archive & Information Centre; Blacklesbians Support Network; Over 40s African & Caribbean Women; Women’s Night Out: Lesbian Issues; CLCBLG; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Lesbian and Gay Solidarity with South African Workers (LGSSAW; run from Gay’s the Word); Lesbians in Coalition; Guarana’s [a lesbian club night]; the Afro-American Studies dept and African Student Union at San Diego State University; Young Black Zami Group; Blackchat at Shelburne Young Women’s Centre; Young Black Lesbians Group; West Hampstead Women’s Centre; Peckham Black Women’s Centre; Centerprise Word Up Women’s Café; Salsa Soul Sisters, Inc; Lesbians in Love and Trouble; Camden Black Sisters; Young Black Zamies; Kiran Asian Women’s Aid; Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Brixton Black Women’s Centre; Blacklesbian Support Network; The Audre Lorde Project: Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit & Transgender People of Color Communities; South Asian Lesbian & Gay Network; Friday Group (Lesbian & Gay Black Group); Hackney Black Lesbian Group; Nyitera House [Uganda]: Desire’s Night Out; Zami II National Blacklesbian Conference; Press Gang Publishers (leaflet for Not Vanishing by Chrystos); Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force & San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Lesbian Information Network; Women’s Resource Centre; Sinister Wisdom lesbian journal; Rape Counselling and Research Project; West London Cyrenians; Sisterwrite bookshop.

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

LGBT+ groups and issues

Material relating to LGBT+ issues, lesbian & gay groups and women’s groups.

Includes: Photocopies of ‘In Touch…’ Surbiton Conservatives bulletin (n.d.) and press cuttings re Tory funding cutbacks targeted at LGBT community; Camden Labour Briefings (1987); factsheet on genital warts by Bloomsbury Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinics (n.d.); photocopy of Camden Lesbian and Gay Unit (CLAGU) grant application and information pack; letter from South London Women’s Centre cancelling an upcoming lesbian group meeting (19 Oct 1990); minutes of a Black Lesbian & Gay Centre Project meeting (13 Sept 1990); Camden HIV Unit World AIDS Day info leaflet (c.1980s); Camden World AIDS Day 1990 material including poster, outline of events (1990); and Camden Health Promotion dept information on its HIV & Sexual Health Education team (n.d.).

Audio cassettes

Audio cassettes:
Tackling Heterosexism: A Handbook of Lesbian Rights & GLC Women’s Committee (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); LA Anti-Discrimination Code of Practice (n.d.); Borough Action News No. 3 (tape 1; Jan 1987); Radar/Mind 1986 Disabled Persons Act & Handbook of Voluntary Organisations (c.1986); Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) 1986 Chapter 33 (c.1986); Women and Public Transport (n.d.); Haringey Disabilities Committee (June 1987); Education Matters (re Clause 28 & News of Lords Debate; n.d.); CLCBLG minutes of Management Committee meeting & agenda (Nov & Dec 1991); International Women’s Week exhibition (7 Mar 1991); Hackney: Staying Out (May 1988); Disability Sub Group (13 Jul 1987); ITOI Guidelines for Advocacy in Mental Handicapped Hospitals (n.d.); Borough Action News No.3 (tape 2; Jan 1987); GLC- Equal Opportunities Code of Practice (tape 2; n.d.); Women & Transport Conference (Oct 1985); LLGRC Conference info (n.d.); How to Make Ink Print Available to Blind & Partially Sighted People booklet (n.d.); Tackling Heterosexism (tape 3; n.d.); Lesbian Strength & Pride (1989); Disability sub group & access code to unit (9 Mar 1987); Minutes of Lesbians & Gays with Disabilities subgroup (13 May 1987); Harassment of lesbians and gays: how to challenge it in GLC (n.d.); Disability subgroup (14 Sept 1987); Disability subgroup mailing original (13 Aug 1986); Progress Report Disabilities GLC (tape 2; n.d.); L&G Sub Committee (1 Oct 1986); L&G with Disabilities Further Action (n.d.); Gay Men’s Sub-Group Disability sub group (9 Jan 1987 & 21 Jan 1987); Disability sub group minutes & access code to Lesbian & Gay Unit (9 Mar 1987); GLC Move Together (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin Carematch (tape 3; n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Knowing the Difference (tape 3; n.d.); Changing the World (tapes 1-3, multiple copies; n.d.); Changing the World Recommendations Gay/Lesbian GPS (n.d.); Section 28: A Guide for School, Teachers, Governors etc. (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 3: agenda No.11-16; 16 Dec 1986); Making Connections PWD & PW AIDS (n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 4, agenda no.16 & appendix; 16 Dec1986); Haringey Lesbian Strength and Gay Pride Programme (1987); Haringey Strategy Statement on Racial Equality (n.d.); North London S&P Programme (1988); Local Government Bill mailing (n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin (tape 1; n.d.); Women & Disabilities (tape 1; Jan 1986); Women’s Committee Support Unit & draft of booklet on lesbian experience (n.d.); Access at conferences & meeting for people with disabilities (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); North London Lesbian Strength and Unity; Materiography parts 1/2 & 3/4 (LRB 11; n.d.); Radio 5 Out This Week (25 Jan 1998); Women’s Airwaves (n.d.); Reformation- Chadwick (Part III, pp. 363-386); To Kirsten Hearne from CLCBLG (n.d.); Mistress tape reply to tape letters of enquiry from individual women to LISG (n.d.); Kirsten Hearne (from CLCBLG) concerning training (n.d.); Minutes of CLCBLG Management Committee & meeting agenda (Dec 1991 & Jan 1992); Letter to CLCBLG Management Committee members re non-attendance (Feb 1992); OLGA Prospectus (n.d.); Greater London Council Computer Information Pack for PWD (n.d.); Unite Bulletin no.1 COH Newsletter (May/June) & Guidelines for Sub-Group Co-operation (n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Ailsa Beckett article contd (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Camden Council Women’s Committee minutes

Camden Council Women’s Committee minutes, agendas and appendices, spanning Jan-Sept 1987.

Issues and topics include: domestic violence; policing reforms; International Women’s Day 1987 celebrations; home and community care; lesbian and gay rights; women employed in, and users of, social work services; women and employment; women and housing; strategic planning for Camden into the 1990s; Camden Lesbian & Gay Committee’s work.

Camden Council Women's Committee

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