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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

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

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

Folder of material relating to Black lesbians and lesbians of colour, much of it directly related to and/or created by ONYX.

Includes: London Friend annual review 1992; bundle of ONYX documents, including flyers, an information leaflet and meeting minutes (1990); bundle of incoming & outgoing correspondence for ONYX, including correspondence re using the meeting space in 54-56 Phoenix Road (mid-1991) and correspondents including CLCBLG, London Friend, Microsyster, and others. Also contains brochure for counselling training course, grant application guidance leaflet for voluntary organisations, and related material.

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

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.

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

Black lesbian and anti-racist campaigns

Material relating to Black lesbian activism, feminist, queer, anti-racist campaigns, and global solidarity campaigns.

This material comes from a broad range of organisations, collectives and campaigns including: A Woman’s Place; London Boroughs Grants Committee; Migrant Services Unit; Camden Black Sisters; Lesbian Information Network; the Other Production Company; International Black Women for Wages for Housework; InterNations Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee; Anti-Apartheid Movement; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Namibia Support Committee; Zami Black Lesbian Conference; Ethnic Dance Festival ’87; Black Women in the Arts; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre; Project for Advice, Counselling and Education (PACE); London Women’s Centre; CLCBLG; Onlywomen Press; Baobab Books [Zimbabwe]; Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA); Black & Ethnic Minority Lesbians & Gays at London Friend; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Asian Young Women’s Project; Black Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse; Southall Black Sisters; Looking After Ourselves: A Course for Black Lesbians; the Kaleghil Quinn Life Force Arts Centre; material relating to death of Dorothy El-Muracy; Waters of the Cave; Bradford and Leeds Black Sisters; the Aché Project [US]; Centerprise; Asian Incest Survivors Self Help Group; Blacklesbian Support Network; Feminist Review; Women in Shakti; Lesbian Ethics [US]; Akina Mama wa Afrika; Black Lesbians and Gay Men Against Media Homophobia (BLGMAMH); Anti-Apartheid Movement; LESPOP; Haringey Black Action; Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER); Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Justice for Battered Women who Kill campaign; Anti-Racist Alliance; We Are Here: Black Feminists in Britain Conference; Sari Squad; women-only Anti-Deportation Centre; Afia Begum Campaign Against Deportation; Unemployed Workers Centre; Black Women’s Network; Southall Black Women’s Centre; Support Baldev Gill campaign; Zamimass; and more.

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.

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

Groups for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

Material relating to Black lesbians and lesbians of colour.

Includes: call-out for submissions to KUUMBA, the twice-yearly journal of Black lesbian poetry; scoping/needs assessment questionnaire from the Brighton Project, a potential residential care home for elderly gay men and lesbians; bundle of Black Lesbian & Gay Centre material including newsletter, BLCC needs assessment questionnaire, event & interest group flyers; flyers for organisations including the Zami Group for Lesbians of African Descent, Camden Black Sisters, GAP House housing co-operative, and others; agenda, meeting minutes and related records re the International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour (ILGPOC) Conference 1990.

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