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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

Photographs and audiovisual material

Series contains audiovisual material - namely photographs, prints, film negatives, physical objects (ink stamp and metal CLCBLG sign), VHS tapes, audio cassettes, press cuttings, and related material. Many of these files provide visual and aural documentation of CLCBLG, while others appear to relate to contemporaneous feminist media (particularly Outwrite Women's Newspaper).

This series includes many images of feminist, anti-racist, LGBT+, anti-capitalist organising and political struggles in London, in the UK, and across the world; some of these images are annotated and/or related to each other.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black Lesbian Feminism

Series contains material relating to organisations for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour; Black and Asian women's groups; feminist campaigns; anti-racist organisations and campaigns; Black and Brown women's political activism; and global solidarity actions and campaigns. Includes publications, flyers, posters, booklets, leaflets, press cuttings, newsletters, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Holidays and excursions

CLCBLG holiday/excursion and event photographs in Whitstable, Brighton, and unnamed locations [possibly some in the CLCBLG premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road]. The group ran regular trips to the seaside for lesbian mothers and their children, as well as other members.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Sheila's photographs

Folder labelled ‘Sheila’s photographs’, containing images from CLCBLG at a demonstration [possibly Lesbian Strength 1985 or Smash the Backlash 1987] and various events at 54-56 Phoenix Road. Includes Kodak box labelled ‘Sheila’, containing film negatives and photographs of CLCBLG seaside excursions; box also contains unlabelled envelope of film negatives (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

CLCBLG events and trips

CLCBLG photographs labelled ‘miscellaneous photographs and photographs of Women’s Conference, Mexico’. Includes image of CLCBLG banner, envelope of photos from CLCBLG event at 54-56 Phoenix Road, envelope of photos of seaside excursion (n.d.; no locations given), envelope of photos from the first Conference of Latin American, Caribbean and Chicana Lesbian Feminists [Mexico City, Oct 1987], photographs from an International Women’s Day event [possibly at CLCBLG?].

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

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

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