xt7x959c630d https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7x959c630d/data/mets.xml https://nyx.uky.edu/dips/xt7x959c630d/data/1997ms348.xml Mason, Belinda Ann, 1958-1991 19782000 2.5 cubic feet  Belinda Mason, proud native of Eastern Kentucky, was an author and AIDS activist.  This collection contains completed manuscripts and drafts of her literary writing, including plays, poetry, monologues, a novel, and short stories.  Also included are biographical clippings, obituaries, documentation of Mason's work with the National Commission on AIDS, and information on "Belinda", a documentary film about Mason that was produced by Appalshop. collections  English University of Kentucky This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed.  Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically.  Physical rights are retained by the owning repository.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.  For information about permissions to reproduce or publish, contact the Special Collections Research Center. Belinda Mason papers, 1978-2000 Belinda Mason papers, 1978-2000 text Belinda Mason papers, 1978-2000 1978 2005 true xt7x959c630d collection false 1997ms348 Guide to the Belinda Mason papers,  1978-2000 Processed by Processed by; machine-readable finding aid created by Encoded by Special Collections 2005 Manuscripts University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 USA Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL: http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/Special/mss/ University of Kentucky Libraries. All rights reserved. Machine-readable finding aid derived from ${DERIVED}. Date of source:  Date completed Description is in  English. Guide to the Belinda Mason papers,  1978-2000 Contact Information Special Collections Manuscripts University of Kentucky Margaret I. King Library Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 Phone: (859) 257-8611 Fax: (859) 257-6311 Email:  sclref@lsv.uky.edu URL:  http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/Special/mss/ Processed by: Natalie Draper and Kate Black Date Completed: 2006 Encoded by: Natalie Draper Copyright 2005 University of Kentucky. All rights reserved. Belinda Mason papers,  1978-2000 1997MS348 Mason, Belinda Ann, 1958-1991 2.5 cubic feet The materials are in  English. Belinda Mason, proud native of Eastern Kentucky, was an author and AIDS activist.  This collection contains completed manuscripts and drafts of her literary writing, including plays, poetry, monologues, a novel, and short stories.  Also included are biographical clippings, obituaries, documentation of Mason's work with the National Commission on AIDS, and information on "Belinda", a documentary film about Mason that was produced by Appalshop. University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections Belinda Mason gave these papers to Special Collections circa 1991. After her death in September of 1991, Steve Carden, her husband and literary executor added to the collection. With his permission, copies were made of the entire collection for him, Anne Shelby and George Ella Lyon. Permission from the donor is required for publication of any part of the collection. This collection is not to be photocopied for any reason. The collection is a deposit, not a gift, and may be returned at the donor's request. Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. [Identification of item], Belinda Mason papers, 1978-2000, 1997MS348, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington Mason, Belinda Ann, 1958-1991 United States--National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS activists--Kentucky. Activists, Human rights--Kentucky. AIDS (Disease)--Patients--Kentucky--Biography. AIDS (Disease)--Social aspects. AIDS (Disease) in Women. Authors, American--Kentucky. Appalachian Region--Fiction. Appalachian Region--Social aspects. Belinda Mason was a proud native of Eastern Kentucky. In her all too brief 32 years she was a reporter for two weekly papers--  The Ohio County Times-News  in Hartford, KY., and  The Appalachian News-Express  in Pikeville, Ky. She was a gifted short story writer, a self-proclaimed "occasional performer of country music and reliable Tupperware party guest", a wife, a mother, and an AIDS activist. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kentucky in 1980. Mason worked with Appalshop's Roadside Theater, in Whitesburg Kentucky, as a playwright beginning in 1985, and in 1986 her story "A Lesson in Motion" was published in the well-regarded  The American Voice . In 1987 she was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship for writing from the Kentucky Arts Council. That same year, her story "A Christmas Lesson" was published in  Appalachian Heritage . In January of 1987 she was infected with HIV. She went public with her status in 1988 and became an advocate for AIDS prevention, education, treatment and human rights. In July of that year, she became the first person with AIDS to be appointed to the National Commission on AIDS. She was quite critical of President Bush at the time, contending that his stance on AIDS was more about morality rather than a concern for public health. With Ron Jerrell, Mason co-founded the Kentuckiana People with AIDS Coalition (KIPWAC) in the late 1980's. She was elected president of the National Association of People with AIDS in 1989. She lost her own battle with AIDS on September 9, 1991. This collection consists of Belinda Mason's literary writing, including plays, poetry, monologues, a novel, and short stories. Some of the manuscripts were considered finished, while others are drafts in various stages of editing. The collection also includes biographical clippings, obituaries, documentation of Mason's work with the National Commission on AIDS, and information on "Belinda", a documentary film about Mason that was produced by Appalshop. Arrangement Series and subseries arranged alphabetically by topic. Organized into the following series: Biographical Materials (1987-2000), Correspondence (1985-1990), National Commission on AIDS (1990-1991), Written Works (1978-1991), and Promotional Materials (1987-1992). Written works are arranged by genre; thereunder chronologically within each folder. Container List BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS,  1987-2000 1 1 Playbill for  Passing Through the Garden , "a play based on stories and essays by Belinda Mason" [produced by Appalshop, September 21, 1996] 1 2 Promotional materials and publications pertaining to a biographical film,  Belinda  [produced by Appalshop, 1993-1994] 1 3 Clippings relating to Belinda Mason's AIDS activism, 1987-2000 1 4 Obituaries, 1991-1992 CORRESPONDENCE,  1985-1990 1 5 Cards and letters written by Belinda Mason, 1985-1990 NATIONAL COMMISSION ON AIDS,  1990-1991 The National Commission on AIDS was established by former president George Bush in 1989 for the purpose of developing a national policy regarding AIDS and the HIV epidemic.  Belinda Mason was the first person with AIDS to serve as a member of the commission. 1 6 Publications of the National Commission on AIDS, 1990-1991 [includes Mason's writing] 1 7 Material produced by the National Commission on AIDS, 1990-1991 [includes biography and speech] WRITTEN WORK,  1978-1991 Published and unpublished work by Belinda Mason, arranged by genre, then chronologically BOOKS Merle's Story , 1988 2 8 Incomplete draft, chapters 1-6 submitted to editor; contains letter with suggestions from editor  2 9 Incomplete handwritten draft of chapters 1-6 MONOLOGUES 2 10 "Monologues sent to Louisville Exp. Theatre," 1986 NON-FICTION 2 11 Letters and editorial pieces related to HIV/AIDS, 1988-1991 and undated PLAYS The Gifts of the Spirit , 1986 2 12 Correspondence with Ron Short, multiple drafts, outline/proposal 2 13 Final version, copyright by Roadside Theatre 2 14 Published excerpt Untitled 2 15 Outline and notes for a play about the War on Poverty, undated 2 16 Incomplete draft for a play about the War on Poverty, undated POETRY 2 17 "For Lisa" and Untitled, published, 1978; also includes unpublished poetry, some handwritten, undated SHORT STORIES, 1984-1987; undated 3 18 "Weekender," 1984 [draft with critique by Jim Wayne Miller] 3 19 "A Fruitful Season," 1985 [drafts] 3 20 "A New Age," outline and various drafts [incomplete], December 1985 3 21 "A New Age," Part one: 1980, December 1985 3 22 "A New Age," Part two: 1924, December 1985 3 23 "A New Age," Part three: 1948, December 1985 3 24 "A New Age," Part four: 1972, December 1985 3 25 "A New Age," Part five: 1980, December 1985 3 26 "Passing Through the Garden," 1985 [completed version with fragment of draft] 3 27 "A Man to Come Home to," 1985 [completed draft with letter from  Ploughshares  editor] 3 28 "The Reunion," December 1985 [draft] 3 29 "A Lesson in Motion," 1986 [published in  The American Voice ] 3 30 "A Perpetual Care Deal," 1986 [draft (2 copies)] 3 31 "A Christmas Lesson," 1987 [published version and various drafts; published in  Appalachian Heritage ] 3 32 "Of Fire and Water," undated [incomplete drafts] 3 33 "A Man to Come Home to," undated [draft with comments by June Thompson] 3 34 "Ladies Night," undated [incomplete draft] 3 35 Untitled, undated [incomplete draft] 3 36 Appears to be an earlier draft of "Weekender" manuscript found in Box 3, Folder 18; incomplete and undated Untitled Short Stories 3 37 Draft; incomplete 3 38 Draft; incomplete 3 39 Fragments of drafts NOTES 3 40 Writing ideas, fragments, notes PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS POSTERS University of Kentucky Women Writers Conference, April 1-4, 1987, Lexington, KY 4 41 Poster advertising Women Writers conference; Belinda Mason listed as participant In Her Own Words, September 12, 1992, Lexington, KY 4 41 Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 1: Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 2: Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 3: Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 4: Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 5: Large poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Small poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 1: Small poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist 4 41 Copy 2: Small poster advertising an event honoring Belinda Mason and her work as an author and activist