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Josi Kilpack papers

Identifier: MSS 8004

Scope and Contents

Collection contains handwritten mind-maps and planning exercises for Josi Kilpack's novels, Banana Split, Tres Leches Cupcake, and others; also includes newspaper and magazine clippings about Kilpack's books and cooking projects; also has postcards, and a flyer on Josi Kilpack's mystery novels; and contains the first chapter of typed manuscripts, with comments, of Lemon tart, English trifle, Devil's food cake, Key Lime Pie, Blackberry crumble, Pumpkin roll, and Banana Split, as well as Kilpack's business card.


  • 2009-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Josi Kilpack papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Josi Kilpack retains copyright for the Josi Kilpack papers.

Biographical note

Josi Kilpack (1975-) is an Mormon author who specializes in mysteries.

Kilpack was born in Salt Lake City and graduated from Olympus High school in 1993. Shortly thereafter, she married Lee Kilpack and took guardianship over his niece. The couple ran a 24-hour elderly care service in their home to support her husband’s education. After her third pregnancy, Kilpack turned to writing, inspired by reading “every LDS fiction title [she] could get her hands on.” Her first novel, Earning Eternity, was published in 1999.

Kilpack has since produced a wide variety of novels, earning the Whitney award for Best Mystery for Sheep’s Clothing in 2007. Kilpack’s recent Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series combined her passion for baking with writing, and garnered a Whitney Award nomination in 2009. Kilpack currently lives and works in Utah with her four children and husband.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

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Collection is arranged in seven series: 1. Josi Kilpack novel planning, 2008-2012. 2. Josi Kilpack news clippings, 2010-2012. 3. Josi Kilpack promotional materials,2009-2010. 4. Josi Kilpack manuscripts, 2009-2012. 5. Josi Kilpack notecards, 2012-2013. 6. Josi Kilpack notes for Newport Ladies Book Club books, 2010-2013. 7. Josi Kilpack publicity materials, 2012-2013.

Custodial History

Materials were donated by creator, Josi Kilpack, in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Josi Kilpack; 2012.


Mormon Literature Manuscripts.

Collection covers the work of an LDS author.

Processing Information

Processed; Kristi Young; 2012.

Josi Kilpack papers
Lora Patterson
2012 November 1
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States