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CLCBLG Management Committee records

CLCBLG Management Committee meeting agendas, minutes and reports.

Includes newsletters of other women’s and lesbian feminist groups, including: Southwark Sappho ([Feb 1990]); Greenwich Lesbian and Gay Centre (March 1990); Croydon Lesbian Social & Support Group (May 1990, Nov 1990); and more.

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.

Training and events - information and supplementary material

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.

Black lesbian and gay organisations in London

Includes: Peckham Black Women’s Group flyer (n.d.), Peckham Black Women’s Centre annual review (1989), Hackney Lesbians Social flyer (n.d.), Women’s Training Link application (n.d.); Truly Fierce Productions flyer (n.d.); London Black Gay Group publication (essays & creative writing); Black Lesbian & Gay Centre newsletter (Sept, Nov 1986; Jun, Oct 1987; Aug-Sept 1993); In Print Peckham Black Women’s Group newsletter no. 2 (c. 1986).

Also contains London Boroughs Grants Committee application by Black Lesbian & Gay Centre (16 March 1988).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Southall Black Sisters

Folder containing: Copy of Southall Black Sisters letter informing colleagues of Centre’s launch of safe house project for women and girls facing sexual abuse and incest (9 Jan 1990); pamphlet outlining Southall Black Sisters’ aims, objectives, campaigns (1987); Against the Grain: A Celebration of Survival and Struggle publication documenting SBS’s history and achievements, including essays from members (1989).

Southall Black Sisters

Asian women’s groups

Material relating to Asian women’s lives and experiences, including flyers, newsletters, annual reports, essays and publications.

Includes: Asian Young Women’s Project flyers (1990; duplicates); Press Gang bookmark advertising Chrystos’s Not Vanishing (c.1988); Asian Women’s Network newsletter (Jan 1986); excerpt from India Home & Abroad 2.2 (Oct-Dec 1989); Newham Asian Women’s Network annual reports (1991/92; 1993/94); Shakti Khabar South Asian L&G network publications (Apr/May 1990; Aug/Sep 1991); ‘Asian Women in Revolution’ essay on women in China and Vietnam by Charlotte Bunch-Weeks (n.d.), Moslem Students Society of Britain weekly pub (5 Mar 1982).

Black and Asian women’s literature

Black and Asian women’s publications, essays, academic work, info resources, reports, journalistic articles.

Includes: Afro-Caribbean Educational Project open day programme (2 Aug 1986); “We Carry a Heavy Load”: Rural women in Zimbabwe speak out report by Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau (Dec 1981); Second International Book Fair of Radical Black and 3rd World Books brochure (1983); Sistren Theatre Collective pamphlet (1986) and Sistren Song: Popular Theatre in Jamaica publication by Helen Allison of War on Want (Oct 1986); Of Conjuring and Caring: Women in Development report by CHANGE International Reports (n.d.); Women in Asia report 45 by Minority Rights Group (1982); copy of ‘Black Women in White Women’s Organizations: Ethnic Differentiation & Problems of Racism in the Netherlands’ by Philomena Essed, New Feminist Research 18.4 (1989); copies of articles about Black gay men from Washington Blade (1989) and Outlines (1990); New Internationalist (Jul, Aug 2001); Women in Struggle pub (c.1978/9?); melanex of copied articles from various feminist & academic pubs including Spare Rib, Lesbian Ethics etc; copy of Ethel Sawyer’s Masters dissertation, ‘A Study of a Public Lesbian Community’ (Sept 1965; Washington University).

Black women's health literature

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.

Black Lesbian events

Posters, flyers, handouts promoting poetry nights, music, disco nights, and other social events for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour.

Includes: flyers for events from Blacklesbian and Blackgay Pride, Black Lesbian Cultural Workers collective, Outwrite Women’s Newspaper, Azadi Asian Women’s Film Project, First International Feminist Bookfair, Sisterwrite Bookshop, Women’s Independent Cinema, SHAKTI and SHAKTI GHAR co-operative for homeless Asian lesbians and gay men, Onlywomen Press. Also includes a bibliography of books by or about Black lesbians from the LAIC (October 1988) and some poems from Not Vanishing by Chrystos (Press Gang, 1988).

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