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Papers of Rosemary Manning

  • GB 1534 RM
  • Fonds
  • 1887 - 1990

The collection consists of documents relating to Rosemary Manning including manuscripts, personal and professional correspondence, invoices, magazine and newspaper articles, newspaper clippings and photocopies, flyers and posters, diaries, photographs and brochures. The documents relate to the fictional writing of Rosemary Manning, both in the project research and in the writing process. LGBTQ+ material is also present in the collection, and writing referring to the writer’s coming out is present in autobiographical and interview form.

Manning, Rosemary, 1911-1988, British writer

The Woman Worker

  • GB 1534 WW
  • Collection
  • 1908 - 1910

The official journal of the National Federation of Women Workers. 9 issues covering the period August 21st 1908-May 18th 1910.

National Federation of Women Workers

Papers of Jackie Forster

  • GB 1534 JF
  • Collection
  • 1955 - 1998

Papers and correspondence of activist and news reporter Jackie Forster (née Jacqueline Moir Mackenzie; 6 November 1926 – 10 October 1998). Including autograph, typescript, printed and photocopied material.
The archive contains papers relating the Forster’s literary and acting career, including draft, proof and printed materials of her works; personal and business correspondence, acting career related materials, such as scripts and notes, drafts of speeches and debates, annotated drafts, press cutting of Forsters articles and of issues related to the gay and lesbian community in the media and a range of personal papers detailing Forsters activist work on various projects throughout her life. The archive also contains personal correspondence and materials relating to Forster’s family members, photographs of Forster throughout her life and a collection of books signed and dedicated to her.

Forster, Jacqueline Moir (1926-1998)

Press

Series contains newspaper clippings written about and by Jackie Forster, regarding her work in gay and lesbian activism and appearances at events and functions. From 1955 where she was an actress and known as Jacquline Mackenzie, to 1965 where she’s described as a “‘retread spinster’ (ie. divorced)” to her later years where she was well known as a gay rights activist. Includes media companies such as Gay News, LIP magazine, DIVA Magazine, Observer, The Times, The Pink Paper, High Life, The Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Capitol Gay.

Activism

Series contains 4 Lesbian Avengers Tshirt, 3 white and 1 black (black from later era). 1 file containing various activism materials related to the Pink Project (1997), invitations to ‘Outspoken’, a booklet for the the 1980 Women’s Agenda, articles and media relating to gay and lesbians in the news and the theatre. Also includes files with correspondence, audio visual, media, mission statements and general activist information; Radclyffe Hall Restoration (1994), Daytime Dykes (1997), BBC Radio 1 Lesbian and Gay Pride (1998), Kenric (1998). Series also contains, ‘Shades of August’ (1990) - a study on the problems faced by older lesbian and gay men and 4 files containing research, articles, newspaper cuttings and material relating to gay and lesbian news and activism, feminist liberation, feminist revolution within the mainstream and gay and lesbian media. Including cuttings from The Guardian, Pink paper, Women’s Liberation, Frontlines, London Women in the 80’s, The Lawyer, Paddington Mercury, Feminist Review, Gay Times, The Second Half, Diva and more.

Photographs

Series contains photographs of Jackie Forster, her friends, colleagues and others throughout her career. Includes professional acting headshots from the BBC, an envelope titled ‘Daytime Dykes 1996, photographs from a 1987 ALGWE Women’s Society meeting, a series of shots from Forster’s visit to Glasgow Women’s Library and photographs from Sappho and other events.

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

Related feminist and women's material

Folder containing material relating to various feminist collectives and women’s groups, including briefings, journals, newsletters, information sheets, legal guidance. Includes: List of women’s organisations in UK by Women’s Forum (May 1982); letter from Wages for Housework Campaign and enclosed Guardian reader’s letter from Anita Garcia, an Argentine woman in the UK, re Falklands War (Jun 1982); Association of Radical Midwives info leaflet (1982); ‘British Women, Foreign Children’ info sheet re campaign to grant British citizenship to all children of British nationals (c.1982); minutes of Women’s Employment Group Project meeting (Sept [1980s]); Greenwich Creche Project flyer and cover letter; National Childcare Campaign info sheet (n.d.); Birmingham Women’s Liberation contact list (n.d.); Women’s Fightback ‘Women say NO to Tebbit’ campaign info sheet (1982); info sheet for Shilo Pregnancy & Contraceptive Advisory Service for Jewish women (Hebrew; n.d.); Campagne Internationale sur la Contraception, l’Avortement et la Sterilisation information booklet (French-language; 1980); TSC Working Women’s Group ‘History of Turkish Women’ essay (n.d.); copy of ‘Jesus had Right Attitude to Women’ article from Catholic Herald (Mar 1978); info sheet on women’s rights within Islam by Iranian Women Solidarity Group (Jun 1982); press release for ‘Sexual Harassment at Work’ report by National Council for Civil Liberties (1982); flyer for Anti-Sexist Men’s Weekend (Jun 1982); press release for ‘Building the London Gay Community’ report by London Gay Workshops (May 1982); info sheet and Charter of Wageless Women collective (n.d.); CASSOE newsletter subscribers list (May 1982); A Woman’s Place (AWP) list of members (n.d.); Stonewall Committee flyer for Seattle Pride (1982); copy of leaflet from Alternatives for Women, California (n.d.); info sheet for Whitman Brooks Rap Groups (n.d.); copy of flyer for National Association of Gay Alcoholism Professionals (NAGAP; US-based; n.d.); info sheet for CONTROL: Women’s Liberation Pregnancy Advisory & Abortion Referral Centres (Sydney-based; n.d.).

Also includes mostly undated AWP research materials and reports, including: charts on Equal Pay Act & Sex Discrimination Act; advice documents re taking your case to the industrial tribunal; reports on safe pensions & industrial pensions; report on the EEC and equality legislation; report on discrimination outside the Sex Discrimination Act; report on Equal Opportunities Commission; copy of ‘Sexual divisions within the labour force: occupational segregation’ by Catherine Hakim (Nov 1978); report outlining the Sex Discrimination Act’s employment provisions; report on affirmative action programmes in the US.

Bulletins & newsletters: International Contraception, Abortion & Sterilisation Campaign (ICASC) newsletters 7 & 8 (1982); Matriarchy Research & Reclaim Network newsletter (Dec 1981); National Childcare Campaign newsletter (Aug 1982); OUT: The publication of the multi-national women’s liberation group of Athens (May 1982); newsletter for Sunrise Education Trust (Jul 1982); Grapevine newsletter (Apr 1981); Rights of Women (ROW) newsletter (Jul 1982); Campaign to Impede Sex Stereotyping in the Young (CISSY) newsletter (Dec 1980); International Women’s News newsletter (Jan 1969); Women’s Studies Newsletter (Oct 1977); ‘Alcoholism: A Woman’s Issue’ stickers from Alcoholism Center for Women (ACW; n.d.); ACWWorth (ACW’s newsletters; Fall 1980 & Winter 1980-1981), with acknowledgement slip; Islington Community Health Council briefings (Mar & Jul 1980); Alcoholism Center for Women ‘Sober Woman’ bulletin, with acknowledgement slip (c.1981).

A Woman's Place (AWP)

Series contains material relating to A Woman's Place (AWP), a feminist collective and women's resource centre based at the Greater London Council-owned Hungerford House, Victoria Embankment, London. AWP was active from the early 1970s to around 1986, when the GLC (who funded their activities) was abolished by Margaret Thatcher's administration; during its lifespan, AWP was an invaluable information and resource hub for women.

Series includes meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, research reports, flyers and posters for feminist and lesbian feminist events, questionnaires, health literature, and more. File 4/3 Related feminist and women's material includes a sizeable collection of material relating to local, national and international women's campaigns, including newsletters and health literature.

A Woman's Place

Feminist zines and publications

Zines and publications by regional and national women’s liberation groups (CLCBLG office copies).

Includes: ‘Living as Women: Notting Hill Women’s Paper’ zine (n.d. [c.1970s]); ‘Women Together’ feminist zine (n.d. [c.1970s]); ‘Down Tools!’ zine by Colchester Women’s Liberation (n.d. [c.1970s]); ‘At Last… It’s the Libertarian Women’s Network’ bulletin (n.d. [c.1972]); ‘Women Come Together… It’s what your right arm’s for…’ zine by Swansea Women’s Liberation Group (n.d. [c.1970s]); Libertarian Women’s Network Newssheets (no. 11 & 14 [c.1972]; Fellowship of Reconciliation (pacifist religious collective) newsletter (n.d. [c.1970s]); People’s Food Co-op (Lincoln Estate, Bow) bulletin (n.d. [c.1970s]): ‘The Ancient Religion of the Great Cosmic Mother of All’ zine by Monica Sjoo (Jun 1976).

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