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Personal papers of Janice M. Kozma

Call Number: PP 628


This collection contains records created and compiled by Janice Kozma, a professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas from 1977 to 2014. It includes papers and photographs documenting personal and professional endeavors, ephemera gathered during Kozma's travels and academic pursuits, lecture and research materials, records dealing with her published works, and professional and personal correspondence with family, friends, and various professional and personal associates.


  • Creation: 1927 - 2018


Language of Materials

Materials in italian were used as reference materials for Kozma's work in translation and in her academic writings. The majority of the collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Certain materials have been restricted by donor until May 2068.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions depents on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Janice Kozma (1945-2018)

Janice "Jan" Kozma was born on December 20, 1945 in Wyandotte, Michigan to William and Mary Pedica Kozma. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received her Bachelor's in 1968, Master's in Italian in 1970, and a doctorate in Italian in 1973. During her time at the University of Michigan, Kozma also taught English in Rome in 1966. Kozma taught Italian at the University of Kentucky in the mid-1970s, and in 1977, she accepted a professorship at the University of Kansas.

For the next 37 years, Kozma taught Italian language and literature as part of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas. In 1978, Kozma instituted the KU Study Abroad Program in Florence and Rome and served as the director of the program for many years. From 1987 to 1995, she served as the departmental chair.

As a professor, Kozma taught elementary and intermediate Italian courses as well as courses on Italian literature and culture. She also wrote numerous books and articles on Italian literature, including two textbooks, The Architecture of Imagery in Alberto Moravia's Fiction (1993), and Grazia Deledda's Eternal-Adolescents: The Pathology of Arrested Maturation (2002), as well as translating three works by Grazia Deledda.

Kozma was inducted as a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for her contributions to the academic fields of Italian language and literature in 1979. In 1997, the University of Kansas inducted her into the Kansas Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2004, Kozma was inducted into the honor society for International Scholars, Phi Beta Delta, Alpha Pi Chapter. Kozma was also a five-time winner of the Cramer Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. She received the Mortar Board Award in 1990 and the W. T. Kemper Foundation Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 1999.

After retiring in 2014, Kozma taught classes in Italian culture and cuisine at the KU Osher Insitute for Lifelong Learning and the Lawrence Public Library. Kozma passed away on November 9, 2018.

[Information retrieved from Lawrence Journal World obituary and Kozma's CV.]


8.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records created and compiled by Janice Kozma, a professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas from 1977 to 2014. The collection includes diplomas and other early school ephemera, awards for accomplishments in the fields of education and Italian language and literature studies, papers on professional development and personal research projects, photographs and scrapbooks of family and various trips and sabbaticals, parody screenplays written with Anne Crowley Ronco, ephemera gathered during travels to Italy and Europe, postcards, passports, journals on travel and other personal endeavors, and correspondence with family, friends, and various academic and professional associates.

The collection also includes notes, summaries, and photographs used in the various Italian literature and culture lectures Kozma taught at the University of Kansas, the Osher Institute, and the River House in Monroe, Michigan, as well as lecture material for miscellaneous guest lectures. With these lecture materials are various academic and published works written by Kozma, including manuscript copies of Kozma’s written works, annotated books and reference materials used in writing, drafts on published works and translations, reviews of academic articles, publishing correspondence, and other miscellaneous research material. As part of her academic work, this collection contains interdepartmental correspondence and materials about various faculty, staff, and other departmental issues at the University of Kansas, including papers dealing with investigations of gender pay gaps in the department and issues of defamation.

Kozma also compiled miscellaneous correspondence, journal entries, and a family scrapbook created by Mary (Pedica) Kozma, Janice Kozma's mother, when she was a young girl in Italy in the late 1920s before emigrating to the United States with her family.

Physical Location

PP 628

Physical Location

UA AV 19

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Janice Kozma, 2018.

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Janice M. Kozma Collection
Personal papers of Janice M. Kozma
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Language of description
Finding aid written primarily in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Janice M. Kozma, PP 628, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States