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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
GB 1534 CLCBLG/2/7 · File · 1986 - 1994
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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

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
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/1 · File · 1984-1989
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

CLCBLG photographs. Includes photographs and press cuttings of international protests, including in El Salvador, Lima (Peru), Western Australia, Mashonaland & Mazvingo (Zimbabwe), Manchester (UK; Section 28 protest), Leeds (UK; Bradford (UK; Bradford 12 protest), Mt Carmel, Pennsylvania (US), and the Philippines. Also includes ‘I am Zami’ poster, featuring poem and images, from Zamimass (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group
Holidays and excursions
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/3 · File · 1980-1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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
VHS tapes
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/27 · File · 1970-1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

VHS tapes:
Hollywood Madam (review copy; c.1995?), Witness to Apartheid (1986), Winnie Mandela (Villon Productions; 1986), Running Gay (1991), Breaking the Silence: Lesbian Mothers (1985), Sex in Our Time (c.1970s?), A Secret World of Sex (c.1990s), Cry Freedom (1987), Raspberry Ripple (1986), Reed Dolls (1981), Love Is Never Silent (1985), Saturday Night Out (two tapes; 1991), Rights and Reactions: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial (1988), Disappearing World: The Mende (1990); Under the Sun (1990); Mseleni Tales (1991), Black Britain (n.d. [1972?]), Sacrifice of Youth (1986), Fragile Earth: South Africa – The Wasted Land (n.d.), Everyman: A Land of Our Own (1990), The Storyteller (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8 · Series · 1970-1998
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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
Sheila's photographs
GB 1534 CLCBLG/8/2 · File · 1980-1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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