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Jan Karon addition 6, 1975-2022


Scope and Contents

This addition to the Jan Karon papers (MSS 16077) primarily contains greeting 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 an opening speech given by Jan Karon, 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 and places dated 1975, personal planning calendars for 2020 and 2021, recipe notebooks, photographs of gatherings from the 1980s and 1990s, magazine features of Jan Karon, "Sanctuary of Beauty," an obituary for Candace Freeland and Jan Karon's step-father Barry Setzer, a poster highlighting the history of Esmont, which is a 100-acre estate in Albemarle County owned and restored by Karon, and a personal and beautifully illustrated book titled "Donna: Life, Art, Garden, and Home" about Donna Ernest.

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


  • Creation: 1975-2022


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.


2 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from Jan Karon to the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia Library on 23 February 2022.

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