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MELLORS, Robert, 1950-1996, gay rights campaigner


Reference code(s): GB 0097 HCA/Mellors papers

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: MELLORS, Robert, 1950-1996, gay rights campaigner

Date(s): [1970-1996]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 10 boxes

Name of creator(s): Mellors | Robert | 1950-1996 | gay rights campaigner


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert (Bob) Mellors was born in 1950. He was a student at the London School of Economics, following which he travelled to New York, where he became involved with the Gay Liberation Front. On his return to London, Mellors became the co-founder of the British Gay Liberation Front in 1970. When the GLF foundered in 1974, Mellors helped in the formation of more specialised lesbian and gay community groups. He was killed in 1996. Publications: editor of An outline of human ethnology: extracts from an unpublished work by Charlotte Bach (London, 1981); We are all androgynous yellow (Another-Orbit Press, London, 1980); Clint Eastwood loves Jeff Bridges - true! 'homosexuality', androgyny & evolution : a simple introduction (Another Orbit Press, London, 1978). Charlotte/Carl Bach, a man who lived the second half of his life as a woman, developed a number of philosophical theories relating to gender and sexuality.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by Robert Mellors while writing a biography of the sexologist Charlotte/Carl Bach, [1970-1996], comprising papers of Bach relating to her work, records of interviews with her family and friends, notes and typescript drafts of Mellors' biography.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Closed until listed.

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Archival history:

Deposited by the family, via Professor Elizabeth Wilson, in 1996.

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Related material:

The Hall Carpenter Archives at the British Library of Political and Economic Science hold material relating to Bob Mellors in the papers of Rupert Beach and the Hall-Carpenter ephemera collection.

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Archivist's note: Sources: British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97. 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: Dec 2000

Sexology | Sexuality
Transsexuality | Sexuality

Personal names
Bach | Charlotte | fl 1970-1996 | sexologist | formerly Carl Bach
Mellors | Robert | 1950-1996 | gay rights campaigner

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