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November Belford West Papers


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This collection documents the activism of November Belford West and her opposition to the death penalty.


November Belford West
Date Coverage:
3.0 cubic ft. (about 3.0 boxes)

November Belford is a longtime activist and opponent of capital punishment who married a Texas Death Row prisoner Bobby West in 1988; he was executed in 1997. November Belford West launched a newspaper with Bobby West called Endeavor and later started a second newspaper, The Gathering.

The collection includes correspondence; clippings; newsletters, ephemera and other materials from abolitionist organizations; copies of The Angolite and other publications, including original copies of Belford West's two newspapers. In addition, there is correspondence between West and Harold "Wili" Otey, executed by the state of Nebraska in 1994, and a collection of Otey's poems which he sent to West.

The collection is unprocessed and is likely disorganized. Individual items may be difficult to find.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives by November Belford West.2007

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Published: 2018-03-06 06:36:35 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2016 October 18

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, November Belford West Papers, 1989-2006. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the West Papers).