Collection Info

Hall Carpenter Archives Ephemera Collection: Christian Groups

Span Dates: 1953-1991

Volume: 69 files


The collections located within the Christian Groups of the Ephemera Collection date from 1953 to 1991. It is rich in newsletters from LGBT organizations around Europe, Brazil, Canada,and the United States in the 1980s. It also includes leaflets and ephemera such as a 1963 pamphlet, "Christian and Homosexual," by Joseph Hirschfeld, and a photocopy of a 1953 letter from Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey in which he called homosexuality a "social menace." Materials are added regularly.

Hist/Bio Note

The Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA) opened in London, England, in 1983. Its directors were dedicated to preserving a "storehouse of [the lesbian and gay] past." The Ephemera Collection was assembled by the Hall Carpenter Archives staff to collect random and/or unbound materials into subject files. The subject files concerning Christian groups are extensive. In 1988, financial concerns made it imperative to find a permanent repository for the HCA collections. That year, its core collections were moved to the Archives Division of the British Library of Political Economy & Science at the London School of Economics. In 1998, the HCA newsclippings collection was transferred to The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive in Cat Hill Library, Middlesex University, Barnet. And its Oral History Collection was donated to the National Sound Archive, The British Library, London. An inventory of materials is available at the HCA.

Finding Aid

Further information about the Ephemera Collection can be obtained from the archives. Contact information is available on the Hall Carpenter Archives website.


The Hall Carpenter Archives is located in the British School of Economics and Politics in London.

Index Terms

DignityChristian-GeneralEnglandAustraliaCouncil on Religion and the HomosexualNew Ways Ministry (U.S.)IntegrityReconciling Congregation ProgramREACHCollins, MichaelCatholicFriends/QuakersPresbyterianUniversal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeLesbians -- Religious lifeQuestGays -- United Kingdom -- History --20th Century -- Sources