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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/3/5 · File · 1977 - 2001
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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).

GB 1534 CLCBLG/6 · Series · 1964 - 2000
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Series contains material relating to a wide range of women's organisations and grassroots collectives; feminist and women's liberation campaigns; lesbian feminist groups; LGBTQ (particularly lesbian) groups, campaigns and issues; disability rights activism; feminist and lesbian feminist media; resources for women and LGBTQ people; Black feminism; Latin American and international lesbian feminism; and global solidarity actions and campaigns. Includes publications, resource guides, newsletters, correspondence, zines, press cuttings, flyers, posters, leaflets, booklets, academic & research reports, conference papers, meeting minutes, and more.

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
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/3/16 · File · 1980 - 1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

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.

GB 1534 CLCBLG/1 · Series · 1982 - 1996
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Series contains material relating to the establishment, management, activities, and eventual closure (c.1996) of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group. Includes meeting agendas and minutes, newsletters, annual reports, correspondence, flyers, posters, leaflets, press cuttings, message books, workers' logbooks, commissioned research, and more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group
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.

Black women's groups
GB 1534 CLCBLG/3/3 · File · 1984 - 1995
Part of Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group Archive

Material relating to Black women’s groups, including newsletters, flyers, leaflets, journals, articles.

Includes: Camden Black Sisters Group pamphlet (n.d.); Hackney Council Women’s Unit newsletter (Jul 1993); CLC&BLG flyer for new management committee (c. Oct 1995); Black Feminist Newsletter (c.1985); Speak Out: Women Challenging Racism events bulletin (c.1984); copy of Cray Community Newsletter including article about death of Pat Parker (c.1989); copy of Deborah Orr article on gender dysphoria (n.d.); Black Link: The Journal of the Afro-Caribbean Educational Project journal (1993); South London Single Parents’ Group open day invitation & 2 flyers (1988); Elbwo Grapevine News (Nov 1989); Salsa Soul Sisters Inc. bulletin and events calendar (1985); Sex, Race and Class Black and Third World Women’s Discussion & Study Group bulletin including letter appealing for support re funding cuts (c.1988); events flyers for Women’s Resource Centre open day (1990; duplicates) and Camden Black Sisters Black Women Achievers Day (1990); West Hampstead Women’s Centre flyer (n.d.).