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PALMER, Robert, fl 1970-1983, gay activist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 HCA/Robert Palmer papers

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: PALMER, Robert, fl 1970-1983, gay activist

Date(s): 1970-1983

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 30 boxes and 4 files

Name of creator(s): Palmer | Robert | fl 1970-1983 | gay activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Palmer was Treasurer, 1977-1978, and Chairperson, 1978-1980, of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE). He was actively involved in the activities of CHE at other times, and was a member of the Executive Committee until Sep 1980.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Palmer, 1970-1983, mainly relating to gay rights, and including correspondence created during his role as Treasurer and Chair of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE), 1976-1980, notably relating to the media, the administration of CHE, research and surveys into homosexuality, local groups, and publications; financial papers of CHE, 1973-1981, including general accounts and progress reports, material relating to fund raising activities, and Treasurer's papers; minutes of the CHE Executive Committee management group, 1977-1978; minutes of the Gay Rights Committee of the National Council for Civil Liberties, 1978; CHE administrative and working files, 1970-1981, on subjects including the history of CHE, the Friend counselling service, education, social services, Gays in Media, women's issues and campaigns, trade unions, law reform and legal campaigns, and discrimination cases; correspondence and newsletters relating to CHE local groups, 1976-1980; CHE conference papers, 1975-1980; CHE files on other gay organisations, 1975-1980; CHE files on anti-gay associations, 1976-1983, gathered by Palmer under a pseudonym; CHE files on international gay organisations, 1973-1980; CHE reports and articles, 1976-1980; personal papers of Palmer, 1977-1980, mainly relating to his work for CHE.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: correspondence, financial, minutes, general papers, local groups, conferences, other organisations, reports and articles, personal and miscellaneous. The general papers are arranged according to function of file, then in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Full handlist and on-line catalogue available.


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Archival history:

Deposited in the Hall-Carpenter Archives prior to their move to the British Library of Political and Economic Science in 1988.

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Existence and location of originals:

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Related material:

The Hall-Carpenter Archives at the British Library of Political and Economic Science also hold material relating to Robert Palmer in the Hall-Carpenter ephemera collection, and the papers of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

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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: Nov 2000

Bisexuality | Sexuality
Homosexuality | Sexuality
Lesbian, gay and bisexual campaigning groups | Groups
Lesbian, gay and bisexual rights | Civil and political rights | Human rights
Lesbianism | Sexuality

Personal names
Palmer | Robert | fl 1970-1983 | gay activist

Corporate names
Campaign for Homosexual Equality
Gays in Media
National Council for Civil Liberties | Gay Rights Committee