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Lewisham Friend

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 HCA/LEWISHAM FRIEND
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Lewisham Friend
Date(s): 1976-2005
Level of description: Sub-Collection
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Lewisham Friend (gay voluntary organisation)


Administrative/Biographical history:

Lewisham Friend was founded in 1976 as a voluntary organisation to run a telephone helpline providing in confidence information and advice to lesbian, gay and bisexual people on issues they may have in connection with their sexuality and others who may be worried about issues concerning the sexuality of a relative or friend. Lewisham Friend was affiliated to National Friend. The organisation folded in 2006.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lewisham Friend, including minutes, 18 March 1976-11 November 2004; general papers including constitution, codes of conduct, annual report 1997, papers relating to training, 1970s-1990s; records of calls, 1977-2005; analysis of calls, 1980s-1990s; National Friend documents, 1977-1994; Health Authority AIDS Committee minutes, 1986-1991, and training policy and guide to HIV and AIDS services in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were transferred to LSE by George Woods a member of Lewisham Friend.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

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:
Mar 2008

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