The following link takes you to the Advanced search facility of the Archives catalogue (search for Lesbian Gay in the Term field to find the main collections relating to this topic): Archives catalogue. Some collections are catalogued to item-level on the Archives catalogue. For a full list of these see Completed Catalogues.
The Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA) are Britain's major resource for the study of lesbian and gay activism in the UK since the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957. There are three main sections to HCA:
1. Records and publications of gay organisations and individuals in the UK and worldwide. They include (reference codes to the documents are in brackets):
Albany Trust, including the records of the Homosexual Law Reform Society (HCA/Albany Trust)
Campaign for Homosexual Equality (HCA/CHE)
Gay Activists Alliance (HCA/GAY ACTIVISTS ALLIANCE)
Gay Liberation Front (HCA/GLF)
Antony Grey (HCA/GREY)
Joint Council for Gay Teenagers (HCA/JCGT)
Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (HCA/GCM)
Lisa Power (HCA/POWER)
Peter Tatchell (HCA/TATCHELL)
Ian Townson (HCA/TOWNSON)
2. Gay, lesbian and bisexual newspapers and magazines, 1954-, collected from the UK and the rest of the world, particularly the USA. They include:
The journals have been fully listed on the Archives catalogue.
3. Ephemera, 1907- (HCA/EPHEMERA). This series contains small deposits relating to gay life and culture from various individuals and organisations. This series has been fully listed on the Archives catalogue.
For information about the history of the Hall-Carpenter Archive, and links to the Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive (at Middlesex University) and the Oral History Project (at the British Library Sound Archive) see Hall-Carpenter Archives.
Hall-Carpenter Archives leaflet (PDF): To view this PDF file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. This software is already installed on many computers. However, if you do not have it, you may download it for free from the Adobe website.
Gay Liberation Front
Web page of images to created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the GLF, October 2010: Gay Liberation Front.
LGBT timeline and employment rights exhibition
Two web pages featuring images from the Hall-Carpenter Archives. The timeline features highlights in UK LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) history since the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957. The employment rights exhibition contains images from the archives of some of the groups who fought for improved working conditions for LGBT workers from the 1970s onwards.
Michael James papers
The papers of Michael James, 1941-, gay activist (MICHAEL JAMES PAPERS), include documents relating to the London Gay Liberation Front, Body Positive, and the Gay Switchboard. See the Archives catalogue for details.
Mary McIntosh Papers
The papers of Dr Mary McIntosh, 1936-, sociologist (MCINTOSH), mainly relate to gay and feminist politics. See the Archives catalogue for full details, including descriptions of individual files.
Relevant material can also be found amongst our general holdings and can be traced via the Archives catalogue e.g.
Lena Jeger, 1915-, Baroness Jeger, journalist and politician (JEGER)
Peter Shore, 1924-2001, politician (SHORE)