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BEACH, Rupert, fl 1970-1972, gay activist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 HCA/Beach

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BEACH, Rupert, fl 1970-1972, gay activist

Date(s): 1970-1972

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Beach | Rupert | fl 1970-1972 | gay activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Beach was a member of the Gay Liberation Front which held its first meeting on 13 October 1970 at the London School of Economics. It was the beginning of a three year period of great activity, with demonstrations, debates, street theatre, and the establishment of a new gay press. Although GLF began in London, local groups rapidly grew up.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by Rupert Beach relating to the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), including GLF manifestos and statements of principles; GLF diaries and events leaflets; GLF leaflets, discussion papers, posters and press cuttings; material relating to GLF special interest groups, namely the Education, Propaganda and Research group, the Gay Liberation Youth and Education Group, the Counter Psychiatry Group and the GLF Action Group; incomplete set of Come Together; material relating to the GLF campaign against Everything you always wanted to know about sex (W H Allen, London and New York, 1970) by David Robert Reuben, [1971]; tickets, leaflets and posters for GLF events and discos; GLF stickers and badges; newsletters and notices of Camden Gay Liberation Front.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

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Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Full handlist available.


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Archival history:

Given by Rupert Beach in two accessions in Apr 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition:


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Related material:

The Hall-Carpenter Archives at the British Library of Political and Economic Science also contain the papers of the Gay Liberation Front, and the papers of John Chesterman relating to the GLF.

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Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Oct 2000

Bisexuality | Sexuality
Gay liberation movement | Liberation movements | Political movements
Homosexuality | Sexuality
Lesbian and gay youth | Youth | Adolescence | Age groups | Age distribution
Lesbian, gay and bisexual campaigning groups | Groups
Lesbian, gay and bisexual rights | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Lesbianism | Sexuality

Personal names
Beach | Rupert | fl 1970-1972 | gay activist

Corporate names
Camden Gay Liberation Front
Gay Liberation Front