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Jan Karon papers-addition 6

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2022-0119

Content Description

This addition to the Jan Karon papers (MSS 16077) primarily contains cards and letters sent to the American novelist Jan Karon of Charlottesville, Virginia. The bulk of the cards present in this collection span the holiday seasons of 2020 and 2021. In 2021, Karon founded The Mitford Museum in her former elementary school in Hudson, North Carolina. A number of the greeting cards and letters included in this collection discuss the formation of this museum and its collections as well as invitations to parties, author visits, and lectures. Also included are condolence cards to Karon on the death of her daughter, Candance Freeland, in 2021. In addition to the greeting cards, the collection includes a sketchbook with drawings of flowers dated 1975, monthly calendar books for 2020 and 2021, notebooks, photographs of gatherings from the 1980s and 1990s, clippings, notes, a poster highlighting the history of Esmont, a 100-acre estate in Albemarle County owned and restored by Karon, and book titled "Donna: Life, Art, Garden, and Home" Box ViU2022-0119_001 contains correspondence from 2020 to 2021 Box ViU2022-0119_002 contains correspondence from 2020 to 2022, notebooks, photographs, planners, sketchbooks and publications Oversize Folder ViU2022-0119_001 contains the poster of Esmont

Acquisition Type



Gift of Janice M. Karon, February 23, 2022.

Restrictions Apply



  • Majority of material found within 1975-2022


2.13 Cubic Feet (2 cubic foot boxes, 1 large oversized folder)


1 book, 1 poster, 35 file folders