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Karen A. Whitney papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0186

Scope and Contents

Collection includes short stories, poetry, and articles; also includes technical materials written at the University at Buffalo and some biographical information.


  • 1965-2008


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Karen A. Whitney papers, 1965-2008 are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Karen A. Whitney was born January 28, 1946. She worked at the University at Buffalo for over 30 years, retiring in 2000. Ms. Whitney was both a technical and creative writer. At the University she authored the first and several annual editions of Guide to Majors and Careers and edited materials for the Educational Opportunity Center and for her colleague, Joan Albarella. She wrote poetry, short stories, and articles in the campus newspaper, Thundercurrent. She had her own writing communications company called, Playne Words and Media.

PFC Everett E. Playne was her birth father who was killed in World War II before she was born. Her mother remarried and never told her about her biological father. Her draft book, The Bridge, tells the story of her quest to discover her father. In later years she referred to herself as Karen Whitney Playne and was active in the organization, American World War II Orphans Network (AWON). Ms. Whitney died December 27, 2008.


.42 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


Collection includes short stories, poetry, articles written by Karen A. Whitney.


This collection is arranged in three series: I. Biographical, II. Creative writing, and III. Technical writing.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Joan Albarella in April 2009.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

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Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, November 2010.


Finding Aid for the Karen A. Whitney papers
Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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