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Kathleen Karr Papers

Identifier: CLRC-1078

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of production material for children's books by Kathleen Karr, including manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, correspondence, research, publicity, and other related items. The collection also includes published articles and material related to unpublished works.


  • 1951 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Kathleen Karr was born April 21, 1946 in Allentown, PA. She received her BA from the Catholic University of America in 1968 and her MA from Providence College in 1971. She began her career as a high school English and speech teacher in Barrington, Rhode Island in 1968 before working for working for theaters and lecturing on film and communication.

Karr began writing seriously on a dare from her husband Lawrence Karr. After a brief period writing romance novels, Karr switched to children's literature under the influence of her two children. Most of her works were historical fiction, with titles including The Great Turkey Walk, The Boxer, and Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel. She died in 2017.


50 Cubic Feet (40 record cartons)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of production material for children's books written by Kathleen Karr.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Kathleen Karr.

Kathleen Karr Papers, 1951-2013
Sharlene Murphy, Updated By: Ruth Paloma and Carter Lynn Thurmond
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • April 15, 2015: Collection reprocessed by Teresa Tjepkes, EAD updated by Teresa Tjepkes.
  • 2018: Material added to collection by Carter Lynn Thurmond
  • February 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library