Don Belton Collection at the Lilly Library

Don Belton
Don Belton
Don Belton was a charismatic and accomplished scholar who taught in the Creative Writing Program in the English Department at Indiana University. He was a prolific writer, perhaps best known as the editor of Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream or for his debut novel, Almost Midnight. As a homosexual African-American man, Belton was a pioneer in studying the intersections of race and sexuality in America. Following his untimely death, the Lilly Library received his personal collection of 25,000 items in 2010, including (but not limited to) journals, notebooks, correspondences, course materials, and photographs.

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