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Jan Karon addition 5, 1921-2020


Scope and Contents

This addition to MSS 16077 Jan Karon Papers contains personal and professional correspondence, and greeting cards; files and other documentation concerning the appraisal, purchase, ownership, operations and restoration of the Esmont house and estate by Jan Karon; correspondence concerning Karon's editorship of the magazine "Response," including with Langston Hughes; event and memorial programs; photographs of Esmont, family and friends; invitations; fan mail; correspondence about donations and organizations; speeches or talks by Jan Karon; publicity and miscellany.


  • Creation: 1921-2020



6.5 Cubic Feet (12 five inch legal document boxes, 1 two inch legal document box, one 14"x18" oversize folder and one 2'x3' oversize folder. Four optical disks have been interfiled in Box 137, one audiovisual DVD, two CD-R disks and one without a designation (Disks 93-96).)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


This addition to the Jan Karon papers has four subseries: Esmont papers; Correspondence, chiefly to Jan Karon; Family and Personal papers; and Restricted Files.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Addition five was given to the University of Virginia Special Collections Library on October 19, 2020.

Separated Materials

Two books were removed from this addition and transferred to the Rare Books Cataloger for individual handling:

Garden Club of Virginia Historic Garden Week "Historic Southern Albemarle" book with a copy of a sticky note "Esmont on the tour in 2014, the year I sold it." (2014)

"Donna Life - Art - Garden - Home" with a preface by Jan Karon about her friend, Donna Ernst. Probably an advanced reader's copy (2019). Book came with a sticky note, "This is not the final edition. This rough edition contains typos and incorrect paragraphing with several design changes as well. Delivered final copies 12/19."

Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States