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George Cather Ray Collection Addition

Title: George Cather Ray Collection Addition

Collector: Mary Weddle

Dates: 1791-2003 bulk 1873-1945

Quantity: 8 boxes (4.0 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0113.1

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: George Cather Ray Collection Addition (MS 0113.1). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Biography:

For the biographical information on George P. Cather, Franc Smith Cather, G.P. Cather, and George Cather Ray, please see the original George Cather Ray Collection .

Scope and Content:

The George Cather Ray Collection Addition is largely comprised of the papers of George P. Cather and his grandson George Cather Ray. The George P. Cather materials include correspondence, documents relating to Webster County, such as treasurer reports and land assessments or purchases. There are selected materials created by Blanche Cather Ray, George P. Cather's daugther, which briefly document her school life. She also owned an autograph book in which there is an inscription from her cousin Willa Cather. Both Blanche and her father George P. Cather had a strong interest in family genealogy and their correspondence, research, and self-published family histories are included in the collection. The materials relating to George Cather Ray consist of records he created and gathered during his career in the United States Navy, both in training school and as an officer on the U.S.S. Banner. The materials provide information on the concerns of running a farm, and the daily lives, work, and interests of members of the Cather family. They are a valuable resource for information on the U.S. Navy before and during World War II.

A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission provided for preservation microfilm of the George Cather Ray Collection. Materials from the addition were not interfiled into the original collection.

Subjects:

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947

Ray, George Cather, 1907-

Cather, George Perry, 1847-1938

Cather, Grosvenor Phillips (G.P.), 1883-1918

Cather, Frances (Franc) Amanda Smith, 1846-1922

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. One of Ours

Homesteading

Frontier and pioneer life

Surveying--Nebraska

United States Army -- Military life

United State Navy -- Military life

Cather family

Series Description: Series 1: George P. Cather Box 1-Box 2, Folder 8

This series includes family correspondence to and from George P. Cather. There are several letters from Kyd Clutter, who wrote from Montana. There is a copy of a telegram regarding G.P. Cather's funeral held in Red Cloud in 1921. The farm records included in this series particularly relate to Cather's mortgages and farm records on expenses and receipts. The correspondence includes information on wool prices and advertisement letters. Many items reflect Cather's duties in serving public office, including estate and land assessment records for Webster County. Among the public office records are receipts for United States government surplus clothing for the "destitute." Also, documents show that orders for clothing and other items were purchased from the Miner Brothers General Store and billed to Webster County. The series also includes correspondence from the Nebraska Republican party and the Webster County Republican party and other political items such as Republican, Democratic, and Prohibition voting tickets.

Series 2: Franc Cather Box 2, Folders 9-10

This series includes one letter written to Franc Smith Cather, from her daughter Blanche, and two postcards. There is an annual catalog from Mount Holyoke Female Seminary from 1874-1875 and a form letter to former pupils of the seminary.

Series 3: G. P. Cather Box 2, Folders 11-13

This series contains two letters written to G.P. Cather by his father in January 1908. The letters discuss G.P.'s decision to enlist in the U. S. Navy and detail his father's hopes that he could help G.P. return home.

Series 4: Cather Genealogy Research and Publications Box 2, Folder 14-Box 3, Folder 13

This series includes the research that George P. Cather did on the Cather family genealogy. This work also interested his daughter Blanche and her son George Cather Ray. Correspondence and notes from both Blanche and her father are included in this series. The series includes letters that George P. Cather wrote to numerous cousins and other extended family members to elicit information about their connections to the Cather family. A good many of these letters were "returned to sender." Many of them have the same text with slight variations depending on the recepient of the letter.

Series 5: Blanche Cather Ray Family Materials Box 4, Folders 1-10

The series includes correspondence and items relating to Blanche Cather Ray and her husband W. W. Ray. Of note is an autograph book of Blanche Cather Ray's with an inscription from Willa Cather dated July 28, 1893. Included in Blanche's materials are certificates, report cards, and a composition notebook relating to her teaching career. Materials from her husband, W.W. Ray, include correspondence to his mother, Rachel Ray, and an autograph book.

Series 6: George Cather Ray and Family Box 4, Folder 11-Box 6, Folder 20

George Cather Ray's materials include records relating to the National Defense Training Program in St. Louis, Missouri, noted as the Naval Training School. The materials include course outlines, lesson plans, daily worksheets, a manual, and examinations for Electrician's Mate Third Class. He trained at the program in St. Louis from December 1941 until March 1942. Additional documents are from training schools in California and Indiana. Ray served on the U.S.S. Banner from 1944-1945 and related materials include his orders, a notebook outlining his responsibilities, and ship rosters.

Also a part of this series are items created by George Cather Ray's daughter, Mary Weddle, which provide information on her family connection to Willa Cather. There are a few items created by Perry Weddle, Mary's husband. A handwritten manuscript of a short story describes his first visit to Lincoln, Nebraska during his college days.

Series 7: Cather Family Materials Box 6, Folder 21-Box 7, Folder 14

This series includes petitions and land grants from 1791-1813 and a homestead application for John T. Smith, a Cather ancestor. General family materials in this series include invitations, a reunion program, programs for plays, ship and railroad guides, and advertisements. For example, there are numerous promotional calendars from the Walrath and Sherwood Lumber Company. These documents may have been collected by many generations of the family represented in the collection.

Series 8: Photographs and Artifacts Box 7, Folder 15-Box 8, Folder 10

This series contains photographs of Willa Cather, and George P. and Franc Cather as well as their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There are also photographs of extended family and family friends. Of note is a 1903 photograph of Theodore Roosevelt in Grand Island, Nebraska, at the opening of the Carnegie Library, the predecessor to the Grand Island Public Library.

Container List: Series 1: George P. CatherBox 1. Folder 1. Notebooks, lists, 1899-1900, undated Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, from family, 1907-1934 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, Kyd Clutter, 1895-1896 Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, from friends, 1918-1924 Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, book club, 1875-1901 Box 1. Folder 6. Farm records, correspondence, 1890-1911 Box 1. Folder 7. Farm records, correspondence, 1912-1931, undated Box 1. Folder 8. Farm records, banking records, 1900-1930, undated Box 1. Folder 9. Farm records, mortgages, 1913-1924, undated Box 1. Folder 10. Farm records, expenses, 1922-1928, undated Box 1. Folder 11. Farm records, receipts, 1873-1899 Box 1. Folder 12. Farm records, receipts, 1900-1925 Box 1. Folder 13. Farm records, receipts, 1926-1929, undated Box 1. Folder 14. Farm records, account books, Vaughn Lewis, 1925-1932 Box 1. Folder 15. Public office records, correspondence, 1876-1900 Box 1. Folder 16. Public office records, country treasury, government clothing receipts, 1875-1879 Box 1. Folder 17. Public office records, country treasury, receipts, 1878-1879 Box 1. Folder 18. Public office records, country treasury, Miner Bros. store orders, 1891, Jan-July Box 2. Folder 1. Public office records, country treasury, land improvement, sales, 1889-1900 (see Cather oversize box 2) Box 2. Folder 2. Public office records, country treasury, assessor bills, 1920-1921 Box 2. Folder 3. Public office records, school treasurer documents, 1903-1915 Box 2. Folder 4. Political material, correspondence, 1899-1930 Box 2. Folder 5. Political material, state tickets, 1873-1891 Box 2. Folder 6. Political material, voter lists, 1906-1919 (see Cather oversize box 2) Box 2. Folder 7. Political material, candidate campaign flyers, 1924, undated Box 2. Folder 8. Political material, newspaper clippings on Theodore Roosevelt, 1906-1919 Series 2: Franc CatherBox 2. Folder 9. Correspondence, 1909 undated Box 2. Folder 10. Mount Holyoke College, booklet, form letter, 1874-1875 Series 3: G.P. CatherBox 2. Folder 11. Correspondence, 1908, Jan. Box 2. Folder 12. War Department General Orders, Nos. 37, 24, 136, 1919 Box 2. Folder 13. Musical instrument bond, 1903, Apr. 8 Series 4: Cather Genealogy Research and PublicationsBox 2. Folder 14. Genealogy correspondence, George P. Cather, 1926-1934 Box 2. Folder 15. Genealogy correspondence George P. Cather, returned, 1909, Nov-1928, Mar Box 2. Folder 16. Genealogy correspondence George P. Cather, returned, 1928, May-Oct Box 2. Folder 17. Genealogy correspondence George P. Cather, returned, 1929-1931 Box 2. Folder 18. Geneology research by George Cather, undated Box 3. Folder 1. Geneology research by George Cather, undated Box 3. Folder 2. Genealogy correspondence, Blanche Cather Ray, 1929-1959 Box 3. Folder 3. Geneology research by Blanche Cather Ray, undated Box 3. Folder 4. Genealogy correspondence by George Cather Ray, 1961-1963 Box 3. Folder 5. Genealogy research notes, family tree, McKee, undated Box 3. Folder 6. Genealogy research notes, family tree, Smith, undated Box 3. Folder 7. Genealogy research notes, misc., undated Box 3. Folder 8. Genealogical history, Part of the Genealogical History of the Cather Family collected and arranged up to 1925-1927 subject to addition, revision and correction, pgs. 1-179, 1927 Box 3. Folder 9. Genealogical history, Part of the Genealogical History of the Cather Family collected and arranged up to 1925-1927 subject to addition, revision and correction, pgs. 180-439, 1927 Box 3. Folder 10. Genealogical history, Cather, pgs. 1-100, undated Box 3. Folder 11. Genealogical history, Cather, pgs. 101-221, undated Box 3. Folder 12. Genealogical history, Cather, pgs. 222-405, undated Box 3. Folder 13. Genealogical history, Cather, pgs. 406-671, undated Series 5: Blanche Cather Ray and W. Wallace RayBox 4. Folder 1. Blanche Cather Ray, correspondence, 1899-1961 Box 4. Folder 2. Blanche Cather Ray, autograph book, 1890s Box 4. Folder 3. Blanche Cather Ray, school reports, composition notebook, 1889-1894, 1900 Box 4. Folder 4. Blanche Cather Ray, teaching certificate and manual, School Laws of Nebraska, 1892-1900 Box 4. Folder 5. W. Wallace Ray, correspondence, 1901-1958, undated Box 4. Folder 6. W. Wallace Ray, correspondence and receipts, business, 1901-1958, undated Box 4. Folder 7. Rachel Ray (W.W. Ray's mother), correspondence, 1908-1918, undated Box 4. Folder 8. W. Wallace Ray, autograph book, 1888-1892 Box 4. Folder 9. W. Wallace Ray, school notes, undated Box 4. Folder 10. W. Wallace Ray, newspaper clippings, 1924-1935 Series 6: George Cather Ray and FamilyBox 4. Folder 11. Travel journal, undated Box 4. Folder 12. Correspondence 1936-1966, undated Box 4. Folder 13. Correspondence, Elizabeth "Betty" Ray, 1944-1945, undated Box 4. Folder 14. St. Louis Naval Training School, memos, 1941 Box 4. Folder 15. St. Louis Naval Training School, National Defense Training Program, 1942, May Box 4. Folder 16. St. Louis Naval Training School, schedules, duties, 1942 Box 4. Folder 17. St. Louis Naval Training School, lesson plans, 1942 Box 4. Folder 18. St. Louis Naval Training School, electricians instruction outline, 1942 Box 4. Folder 19. St. Louis Naval Training School, manual, electricians mate 3rd class, undated Box 4. Folder 20. St. Louis Naval Training School, examinations, electricans mate 3rd class, undated Box 5. Folder 1. St. Louis Naval Training School, examinations, electrical, undated Box 5. Folder 2. St. Louis Naval Training School, examinations, mathematics, undated Box 5. Folder 3. St. Louis Naval Training School, examinations, general, tools, undated Box 5. Folder 4. St. Louis Naval Training School, supplies, 1941-1942 Box 5. Folder 5. St. Louis Naval Training School, trainee regulations, undated Box 5. Folder 6. St. Louis Naval Training School, report slips, captain inspections, 1942 Box 5. Folder 7. St. Louis Naval Training School, questions for advancement, 1940, undated Box 5. Folder 8. St. Louis Naval Training School, blank forms, undated Box 5. Folder 9. Iowa Naval Training School, outline of organization, Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, 1943 Box 5. Folder 10. California Naval Training School, undated Box 5. Folder 11. Indiana Naval Training School, undated Box 5. Folder 12. U.S. Fleet, general instructions, Ship to Shore Movement, 1943, Jan. Box 5. Folder 13. Navy, orders, 1944-1945 Box 5. Folder 14. U.S.S. Banner, notebook on assignment, part 1, undated Box 5. Folder 15. U.S.S. Banner, notebook on assignment, part 2, undated Box 5. Folder 16. U.S.S. Banner, rosters, 1944-1945 Box 5. Folder 17. U.S.S. Banner, navigation workbook, 1944 Box 5. Folder 18. U.S.S. Banner, memos, 1944-1945 Box 5. Folder 19. U.S.S. Banner, officer's workbook, 1945 Box 5. Folder 20. U.S.S. Olstead, operation plan, 1945, Feb. Box 6. Folder 1. U.S. Fleet, Notes on Amphibious Warfare, Nos. 1 and 2, 1943-1944 Box 6. Folder 2. U.S. Fleet, Amphibious forces training group, 1944 Box 6. Folder 3. U.S. Navy, Aid to Navigation, pgs. 1-71, undated Box 6. Folder 4. U.S. Navy, Aid to Navigation, pgs. tables - 51, undated Box 6. Folder 5. U.S. Navy, Aid to Navigation, pgs. 52-108, undated Box 6. Folder 6. U.S. Navy, "Japanese Phrases Useful in Combat," undated Box 6. Folder 7. U.S. Navy, "N.Nav.," or "Navy Navigation" blank forms, undated Box 6. Folder 8. U.S. Navy, general forms, blank, undated Box 6. Folder 9. U.S. Navy, newsletter, 1942, Apr. 29 Box 6. Folder 10. U.S. Navy, newsmaps, 1943, Feb.-Sept. Box 6. Folder 11. U.S. Navy, maps, 1937-1945 Box 6. Folder 12. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, The Intercoastal Waterways, 1961 Box 6. Folder 13. Correspondence, Clara Ray, 1908, undated Box 6. Folder 14. Margaret Ray, Frances Ray, correspondence, 1916-1927, 1957, Aug 14 Box 6. Folder 15. Mary Ray Weddle, manuscript, The Other Cather's, undated Box 6. Folder 16. Mary Ray Weddle, The Mower's Tree, The Other Cather's, 2003, Spring Box 6. Folder 17. Mary Ray and Perry Weddle, correspondence, 2001, Nov. 6, 1961-2003, undated Box 6. Folder 18. Perry Weddle, notes on Lincoln, Nebraska, undated Box 6. Folder 19. Lena Schmackafeffer (Wahl?), correspondence, 1907-1910, undated Box 6. Folder 20. Andrew Wahl, correspondence, 1907-1912, undated Series 7: Cather Family MaterialsBox 6. Folder 21. Petitions and land grants, 1791-1813 Box 6. Folder 22. John T. Smith, homestead application, 1874, May 6 Box 6. Folder 23. Correspondence, general, 1887-1935, undated Box 6. Folder 24. Story, handwritten, The Deacon's Confession, undated Box 6. Folder 25. Visiting cards, 1914-1927 Box 6. Folder 26. Programs, plays, musicals, William Jennings Bryan, 1895-1912, undated Box 7. Folder 1. Railroad guide, 1902 Box 7. Folder 2. Almanacs, 1906, 1944 Box 7. Folder 3. Family reunion program, 1908, June 12 Box 7. Folder 4. Agriculture articles, 1909-1928 Box 7. Folder 5. Booklet, Virginia State Horticultural Society, 1910, Jan. Box 7. Folder 6. Calendars, Walrath and Sherwood, promotional, 1916-1919 Box 7. Folder 7. Ship line guide, 1926, undated Box 7. Folder 8. Football programs, University of Nebraska, 1927-1928 Box 7. Folder 9. Collectors cards, undated Box 7. Folder 10. Picture postcards, blank, undated Box 7. Folder 11. Photograph postcards, blank, undated Box 7. Folder 12. Newspaper articles about Cather family 1933-1963, 1999-2001, undated Box 7. Folder 13. Newspaper articles, about fashion and clothing, 1904-1908 Box 7. Folder 14. Piece of leather with Harvard insignia, undated Series 8: PhotographsBox 7. Folder 15. Photographs, Willa Cather, 1882 Box 7. Folder 16. Photographs, Cather family, George P. Cather, undated Box 7. Folder 17. Photographs, Cather family, George P. Cather trip to California, undated Box 7. Folder 18. Photographs, Cather family, George P. Cather, scenes, undated Box 7. Folder 19. Photographs, Cather family, Franc Smith Cather, undated Box 7. Folder 20. Photographs, Cather family, George P. and Franc Cather family, 1888-1914 Box 7. Folder 21. Photographs, Cather family, G. P. Cather, undated Box 7. Folder 22. Photographs, Cather family, Blanche Cather Ray and family, 1889-1922 Box 7. Folder 23. Photographs, Cather family, George Cather Ray, 1910-1943 Box 7. Folder 24. Photographs, Cather family, George Cather Ray, 1910-1943 Box 8. Folder 1. Photographs, Cather family, Mary Ray Weddle, undated Box 8. Folder 2. Photographs, Cather family, Margaret Ray, undated Box 8. Folder 3. Photographs, Cather family, George Perry Cather II, Oscar Cather's son, undated Box 8. Folder 4. Photographs, Cather family, Kyd Clutter Box 8. Folder 5. Photographs, Cather family, Mary Cross, undated Box 8. Folder 6. Photographs, Cather extended family, undated Box 8. Folder 7. Photograph, Theodore Roosevelt at Grand Island, Nebraska, undated Box 8. Folder 8. Photographs, unknown people, undated Box 8. Folder 9. Photographs, buildings and grounds, undated Box 8. Folder 10. Photographs, national air races, undated
Related Material and Resources: For materials related to this collection, please see the finding aid for the original George Cather Ray Collection Additional Willa Cather materials appear in several collections in the Archives & Special Collections. A list of these materials is available online under the subject "Great Plains History and Literature." The Archives & Special Collections also houses books by Willa Cather, including selected items from her personal library. These books can be located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog.Information on the Cather family and their relationship to Willa Cather can be located on the finding aid for the original George Cather Ray Collection



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