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Virginia Kelly Karnes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 352

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Kelly Karnes Papers (circa 1910-2006; 4.5 Cubic ft.) document the life of Virginia Karnes. Types of materials include correspondence, notes, awards and certificates, printed material, electronic media, photographs, and artifacts.


  • 1910-2006
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/2006


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

No use restrictions.


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Arrangement Note

The Papers are organized into 5 series: 1. Correspondence, 2001 and undated (9 items) The series includes letters and notes written by or to Virginia Kelly Karnes. 2. Awards and Certificates, circa 1980-2006 (9 items) The series documents the achievements of Virginia Kelly Karnes. Types of materials include certificates and plaques. Materials in the series are oversized and arranged according to size. 3. Publications and Printed Material, 1935-2006 (4 items) The series includes a memoir, books, pamphlets, and a DVD. William Karnes wrote about his wife, Virginia, in his memoir My Life and Times. 4. Photographs, circa 1910-2006 (18 items) The series includes photographs of Virginia Kelly Karnes and her husband, William Karnes. Also included are two group photographs, Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity brothers, both circa 1935 5. Artifacts, 1935 (1 item) The series includes one three-dimensional object, an academic hood.

Physical Access Requirements

Collection is located on-site.

Source of Acquisition

Susan Nelson and Charles C. Snyder

Method of Acquisition

Materials were in the custody of Virginia Kelly Karnes upon her death in 2006 when they were donated to the archives by her niece, Susan Nelson, and her attorney and the executor of her estate, Charles C. Snyder

Existence and Location of Originals

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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States