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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

Administrative records

Material relating to A Woman’s Place (AWP) collective [not related to Woman’s Place UK]. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, incoming and outgoing correspondence, research questionnaires (all 1978-1979). Also includes a flyer for an all-women’s cruise as a benefit for Positively Women and Sheba feminist publisher [c.1980s?].

A Woman's Place

Administrative records

Material relating to training and events for women, feminists, and lesbians.

Includes: ‘Finding A Place to Live’ training session supplementary material (Dec 1987); report entitled ‘Working with Lesbians: Is Feminist Theory Compatible with Community Work Practice?’ (author unknown; n.d.); Camden Gay Men’s Group flyers and notices (c.1988); programme for Alternative Arts 10th International Women’s Day Show (8 Mar 1996); Camden Black Sisters Management Committee training programme (Mar-Apr 1987); Labyrinth Women’s Workshops Autumn programme (1987); flyer for acupuncture with Gerry Harris (n.d.); photocopied excerpt from book about the female reproductive system and gynaecological health; course booklet for heterosexism awareness training at North London College (1989); information leaflet for Dundee Young Women’s Project.
Folder containing assorted administrative and operational records for CLCBLG.

Includes: Draft review of CLCBLG (Jul 1990); CLCBLG [annual report materials], inc. budget, finance report, and master copy of contents page (1990-1991); Peckham Black Lesbian Social & Discussion Group flyers (inc. master version); CLCBLG finance procedures document (May 1990); Haringey Council Lesbian & Gay Unit disability review (12 Mar 1990) & minutes of Camden Council Women’s Unit meeting (13 Mar 1990); reports and client record system codes from Camden Community Law Centre (inc. data on women with debt issues; 1990); CLCBLG job role descriptions for temporary administrator and Black lesbian sessional worker; photocopied extract from a book about Black and Global Majority histories.

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.

Assorted media

Loose material: Routledge catalogue of gender and women’s studies books (1995), LESPOP bust card, various press cuttings, photographs, and prints. An item-level list is available for this file.

Box also contains files CLCBLG 8/15 - 8/21.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Audio cassettes

Audio cassettes:
Tackling Heterosexism: A Handbook of Lesbian Rights & GLC Women’s Committee (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); LA Anti-Discrimination Code of Practice (n.d.); Borough Action News No. 3 (tape 1; Jan 1987); Radar/Mind 1986 Disabled Persons Act & Handbook of Voluntary Organisations (c.1986); Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) 1986 Chapter 33 (c.1986); Women and Public Transport (n.d.); Haringey Disabilities Committee (June 1987); Education Matters (re Clause 28 & News of Lords Debate; n.d.); CLCBLG minutes of Management Committee meeting & agenda (Nov & Dec 1991); International Women’s Week exhibition (7 Mar 1991); Hackney: Staying Out (May 1988); Disability Sub Group (13 Jul 1987); ITOI Guidelines for Advocacy in Mental Handicapped Hospitals (n.d.); Borough Action News No.3 (tape 2; Jan 1987); GLC- Equal Opportunities Code of Practice (tape 2; n.d.); Women & Transport Conference (Oct 1985); LLGRC Conference info (n.d.); How to Make Ink Print Available to Blind & Partially Sighted People booklet (n.d.); Tackling Heterosexism (tape 3; n.d.); Lesbian Strength & Pride (1989); Disability sub group & access code to unit (9 Mar 1987); Minutes of Lesbians & Gays with Disabilities subgroup (13 May 1987); Harassment of lesbians and gays: how to challenge it in GLC (n.d.); Disability subgroup (14 Sept 1987); Disability subgroup mailing original (13 Aug 1986); Progress Report Disabilities GLC (tape 2; n.d.); L&G Sub Committee (1 Oct 1986); L&G with Disabilities Further Action (n.d.); Gay Men’s Sub-Group Disability sub group (9 Jan 1987 & 21 Jan 1987); Disability sub group minutes & access code to Lesbian & Gay Unit (9 Mar 1987); GLC Move Together (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin Carematch (tape 3; n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Knowing the Difference (tape 3; n.d.); Changing the World (tapes 1-3, multiple copies; n.d.); Changing the World Recommendations Gay/Lesbian GPS (n.d.); Section 28: A Guide for School, Teachers, Governors etc. (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 3: agenda No.11-16; 16 Dec 1986); Making Connections PWD & PW AIDS (n.d.); Lesbian and Gay Sub-Committee (tape 4, agenda no.16 & appendix; 16 Dec1986); Haringey Lesbian Strength and Gay Pride Programme (1987); Haringey Strategy Statement on Racial Equality (n.d.); North London S&P Programme (1988); Local Government Bill mailing (n.d.); GLC Women’s Bulletin (tape 1; n.d.); Women & Disabilities (tape 1; Jan 1986); Women’s Committee Support Unit & draft of booklet on lesbian experience (n.d.); Access at conferences & meeting for people with disabilities (tapes 1 & 2; n.d.); North London Lesbian Strength and Unity; Materiography parts 1/2 & 3/4 (LRB 11; n.d.); Radio 5 Out This Week (25 Jan 1998); Women’s Airwaves (n.d.); Reformation- Chadwick (Part III, pp. 363-386); To Kirsten Hearne from CLCBLG (n.d.); Mistress tape reply to tape letters of enquiry from individual women to LISG (n.d.); Kirsten Hearne (from CLCBLG) concerning training (n.d.); Minutes of CLCBLG Management Committee & meeting agenda (Dec 1991 & Jan 1992); Letter to CLCBLG Management Committee members re non-attendance (Feb 1992); OLGA Prospectus (n.d.); Greater London Council Computer Information Pack for PWD (n.d.); Unite Bulletin no.1 COH Newsletter (May/June) & Guidelines for Sub-Group Co-operation (n.d.); GLC Women’s Committee Ailsa Beckett article contd (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black and Asian diaspora feminism and Black lesbian feminism

Folder of publications, journal articles and literature relating to Black and Asian diaspora feminism and Black lesbian feminism.

Includes: leaflet for ‘In Celebration of Audre Lorde’ fundraiser for Azania (n.d.); Black Women & Representation programme (Apr-May 1984); photocopy of ‘Other Voices, Other Moods’ by Alice Walker for Ms magazine (Feb 1979); June Jordan biography from City Limits (16 Mar 1989); Weekend Guardian articles on poverty and homosexuality in South Africa (12-13 May 1990); ‘Call and Response’ by Maud Sulter, from Feminist Art News 2.8 (n.d.); photocopy of extract of The Ladder: A Lesbian Review (Jun 1966); Camden Black Sisters herstory (n.d. [c.1980s]); Lesbian Archive & Information Centre flyer and [oral history?] questionnaire (n.d.); London Feminist History Group flyer (n.d.); circular letter and info from Sakhi Collective, Delhi (1994); Mukti and Connexions articles on Asian lesbians (1982 & 1985); transcript of Linda King’s interview with Melina Young (n.d.); circular from International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour Conference (ILGPOCC) Planning Group (n.d.); meeting minutes of Black Lesbian and Gay Support Group (17 Nov 1989); homophobic letter from Pan African Congress Movement (PACM) to Hackney Black Women’s Group (20 Mar 1990); Lesbian History Group summer programme (1990); Lesbian Information Service index of lesbian and women’s orgs (Jun 1988); photocopy of Joan Nestle’s interview with Mabel Hampton from Sinister Wisdom (Summer 1979); ‘Whitney Weeps for Me’ article from News of the World (8 May 1988); Linda King’s interview with Louisa John-Baptiste (n.d.); photocopy of ‘Lesbian Mothers Conference: A Black Lesbian View’ by Angela (n.d.); photocopy of review of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider [by Barbara Christian?], from Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1986); photocopy of National Coalition of Black Gays solidarity message to NGO Forum ’85 (1985); photocopied biographical articles/reference files on Angelina Weld Grimké, Ma Rainey, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Edmonia Lewis, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley; photocopy of ‘No More Buried Lives: The Theme of Lesbianism in Audre Lorde’s Zami, Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, Ntozake Shange’s Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple’ [by Barbara Christian?], from Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1986); photocopy of Jackie Kay’s interview with Maya Angelou, from Marxism Today (Sept 1987); photocopy of ‘Early Stars and Shows’ from Black Dance by Edward Thorpe (1989); photocopy of ‘Lesbian Daughter’ by Cheryl West, from SAGE 4.2 (1987); biographical article on Rosa Guy, from the Sunday Observer (8 Nov 1987); photocopy of ‘My Experience as a Black Lesbian Teacher’ article (n.d.); photocopy of ‘I Never Thought I’d be a Lesbian Until…’ by Sharon Smith (n.d.); photocopied Lesbian Archive & Information Centre ‘Black Lesbian Only Open Day’ (c.1990); review of Wild Women in the Whirlwind from New Statesman (n.d.); photocopy of ‘From the inside Looking In: A Reappraisal of Heart of the Race’ by Sisters in Study, from Realities of Time (n.d.); photocopy of ‘“I Dream a World”’ by Eleanor J. Bader, from On the Issues 14 (1990); Alan Wall’s interview with gay disco artist Sylvester, from Gay News 154 (Oct 1978); excerpt of early lesbian poetry from ‘Sapphic Song’ (n.d.).

Also includes two indexes for Black lesbian reference material and file contents, [probably from Lesbian Archive & Information Centre].

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.

Black lesbian and gay activism

Material relating to Black lesbian and gay rights and issues, including protests, global solidarity campaigns, and other forms of direct action.

Includes: leaflets and flyers for Smash the Backlash (May 1986); leaflets for Haringey Black Action (n.d.); ‘A far cry from the Pacific’ flyer against US occupation of and nuclear testing in Pacific islands (1986); Women Working for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific poster (Jan 1988); flyer for public meeting on racist, sexist and homophobic immigration law (1986); Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER) flyer and poster (c.1980s); LESPOP ‘Black Lesbians in London up against the law’ flyer (n.d.) and ‘Black Lesbians and the Police’ flyers (1988); Haringey Black Action article (n.d.); LAGER ‘Black Lesbians and Gays Fight Back’ leaflets (1988); Camden & Islington Black Sisters ‘Black Women’s Protest Against Racism at Hampstead Women’s Pond’ poster (Aug 1985); Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism flyer (c.1990s); Haringey Black Action anti-apartheid demo (n.d.).

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