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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
CLCBLG correspondence
GB 1534 CLCBLG/1/38 · File · 1980-1990
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Incoming and outgoing CLCBLG correspondence and records relating to events including conferences and demonstrations.

Correspondents include Camden Black Lesbian Group, Camden Council Social Services Department, and Camden Council Mental Health Resource Group. Also contains a list of contacts and AGM programme for Camden Black Workers’ Group, and I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections Across Differences conference programme & cover letter (Oct 1990).

GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/6 · File · 1971 - 1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Women’s health publications, essays, and conference materials, with a focus on Black and Scottish women’s healthcare.

Includes: Perceived Health Needs of Black and Ethnic Minority Women report (Nov 1994); Black & Ethnic Minority Women’s Health Sub Group research report (1996); Black and Ethnic Minority Women’s Health Conference programmes (Glasgow, 1995); report on menstrual extraction by Lorraine Rothman (n.d.); 14th annual National Lesbian and Gay Health Conference programme (Jul 1992); Feminist Women’s Health Centre bulletins (c.1971-1977). Some records bear Glasgow Lesbian Line stickers.

Correspondence
GB 1534 CLCBLG/4/2 · File · 1978-1984
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Folder of incoming and outgoing correspondence for A Woman’s Place (AWP) collective. Correspondents include: Health Secretary (re hospital closures); Omagh Prison; Guildford Area Unemployed People’s Centre; Barking Abbey Comprehensive; Lesbian And Gay Employment Rights (LAGER); Wandsworth Women’s Aid; British Council; Spare Rib; Arab Women’s Group; Asian Women Writers Workshop; Pearl Barley (vegetarian catering); Women’s Rape Action Group; Sisters Against Disablement; The Feminist Archive; Campaign to Improve London’s Transport; Hounslow Trade Union & Support Centre for the Unemployed; Cromer Street Women’s Centre; Pregnancy Advisory Service; Greater London Council; Mental Health Advisory Service.

Also includes: ‘Women & Abortion’ pamphlet from Women’s Abortion & Contraception Campaign (n.d.); flyer for Women & Policing Conference (n.d.); programme for ‘Women and Unemployment: A conference for unemployed women and women workers at centres for the unemployed in the South East; programme for Conference of Women Theatre Directors and Administrators; Women’s Action on Policing programme for weekend event; and related material.

A Woman's Place
GB 1534 CLCBLG/4/3 · File · 1969-1989
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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).

LGBT+ groups and issues
GB 1534 CLCBLG/5/4 · File · 1990
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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.).

GB 1534 CLCBLG/6/18 · File · c.1984-1989
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Press cuttings from various issues of Capital Gay magazine, covering many facets of LGBTQ+ cultural and social life in London and the UK, including Pride marches, protests & demonstrations, the debate around S&M and fetish gear, employment, housing and homelessness, HIV/AIDS, Section 28, politics, and related issues & events.

Capital Gay
GB 1534 CLCBLG/6/20 · File · 1964-1985
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Press cuttings from various magazines and publications, covering various aspects of earlier (c.1960s-1970s) lesbian and gay cultural and social life. Publication titles include: Nova (Feb 1967); Titbits (26 Jul 1969); Honey (May 1973); 19 (Jan 1973); Life International (27 Jul 1964); British Journal of Sexual Medicine (Feb 1983); New Scientist (24 Jul 1969); Le Soir (French-language; Nov 1972); Journalist (May 1985); Daily Telegraph (10 Jan 1969); News of the World (16 Nov 1969); and related material.

Feminist newsletters
GB 1534 CLCBLG/6/31 · File · 1992-1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Newsletters from various feminist and community groups.

Includes: Amach Linn newsletter (Feb 1996); ‘Aqui Nosotras: Bulletin of the European-Latin American Women’s Network’ (Dec 1995); Disability Awareness in Action newsletters 32-33 (Nov & Dec 1995); Dykenosis (LesBeWell) newsletters 6-7 (Oct & Dec 1995); Esto No Tiene Nombres magazine 3.1 (1994); Feminist Library newsletter (Autumn 1995); International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) newsletter 16.3 (1995); News Line: The Voice of Blackliners newsletter 13 (Dec 1995); Northgate News: The Voice of Oxford Lesbian and Gay Centre 55 (Feb 1996); Older Lesbian Network newsletters (Oct 1995, Nov 1995, Dec 1995, Jan 1996); photocopied ‘Les is more’ article from Time Out magazine 1296 (21-28 Jun 1995); Women’s Health newsletter 22 (May 1994); Zaminews 2.1 (1992).

Books and publications
GB 1534 CLCBLG/6/4 · File · 1972-1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Books and journals relating to issues including incarceration and childbirth.

Includes: ‘Breaking the Silence: Women’s Imprisonment’ report by the Women’s Equality Group/London Strategic Policy Unit (1985); ‘The Peace Camp Book: A photographic essay’ by Rupert A. Hopkins (1983); Woman Plus… magazine (1995); Birth Book by Michael & Karen Rossman (Genesis, 1972).