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Charles E. Cather Collection

Title: Charles E. Cather Collection

Collector: Cather, Charles Edwin

Creator: Cather, Willa, 1873-1947, et al

Dates: 1864-2001 bulk 1924-1971

Quantity: 15 boxes (8 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0350

Language: English, French

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Preferred Citation: Charles E. Cather Collection (MS 0350). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

Biography:

Charles E. Cather is the son of James D. Cather (1886-1966) and Ethel May Garber Cather (1889-1975), Willa Cather's brother and sister-in-law. He was born in Nebraska on Feb. 2, 1923 and died in Long Beach, California, on Mar. 14, 2011. Ethel Garber Cather, is the daughter of Edwin S. Garber, nephew of Silas Garber, who served as governor of Nebraska (1875-1879). Helen Louise Cather Southwick is Charles' sister.

Willa Cather is best known for her short stories, essays, and novels that focused on her Nebraska experience, her early years in Virginia, her life in New York and Pittsburgh, and her travels to New Mexico, Canada, and Europe. For more biographical information on Cather, please visit The Willa Cather Archive .

Scope and Content:

The Charles E. Cather Collection is comprised of manuscripts, both handwritten and typewritten, of several of Willa Cather's novels and short stories. The majority of the manuscript material is from her novel Sapphira and the Slave Girl. There are letters sent from Cather to her brother James, her sister-in-law Ethel, and her nephew Charles. Contracts for selected novels, both from Houghton-Mifflin and Alfred Knopf, are part of the materials. There is correspondence in which Cather declines offers regarding adaptations for multi-media productions. Personal materials include engagement calendars, notebooks with daily entries and selected research notes, address books, and financial account books. There are also items relating to Charles E. Cather and his grandparents, Willa's parents, Charles F. Cather and Jennie Boak Cather.

Along with the paper records the Charles E. Cather Collection includes books from Edith Lewis's personal collection of Cather books, given to her by Cather, often with inscriptions and photographs of Cather pasted into the preliminary pages. There are a few books that were Willa Cather's personal copies. A few books were presented to her mother and her sister, Elsie Cather.

Subjects:

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947

Cather, Charles E.

Lewis, Edith

Menuhin, Yaltah

Hambourg, Isabelle McClung, -1938

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield

Sargeant, Elizabeth Shepley

Brewster, Earl

Brewster, Achsah Barlow

Menuhin, Moshe, 1893-

Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999

Novelists, American -- 20th century

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947 -- Friends and associates

Women musicians -- United States

Pianists -- United States

Women authors, American

Authors, American -- 20th century

Menuhin family

Violinists

Series Description: Series 1: Cather Correspondence

Cather writes numerous letters to nephew Charles E. Cather in which she discusses family events, his uncertainty regarding the draft, and her happiness in receiving flowers at Christmas. The letters Cather wrote to her brother James address financial issues and Cather's investments in the Colusa, California, bank that their brother Roscoe operated. Some letters are those that Edith Lewis wrote to Charles E. Cather after the death of his aunt.

There are letters from many of Cather's family and friends, such as Olive Fremstad, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Isabelle McClung Hamborg, letters from fans of Cather's novels, and letters from Anna Pavelka. Pavelka's letters thank Cather for money Cather sent to assist her.

Series 2: Manuscripts and Publications

The majority of publication material relates to the writing and publishing of Willa Cather On Writing, which includes notes, numerous typescripts, and proofs.

This set of materials includes manuscripts and typescripts by Cather, either with her edits or those of Edith Lewis. Of great significance are the manuscript pages from what Edith Lewis described as Cather's last novel, "Hard Punishments" and four pages of an unidentified manuscript with the first line reading "While she was fixing a room...." All of the manuscript material had been kept in one package, with selected items within envelopes, others held together by paperclips, and others only distinct by their order within the package. This original order has been maintained and all materials associated in this manner have been placed into distinct folders. The edited typescript carbon pages had some sets of paginated materials placed together, when it became obvious that the pages fit into a page number pattern, each set was placed into a separate envelope and arranged numerically. These distinctions have been maintained, although the material now appears in numerical order by page number where possible. It is also arranged according to whether the materials were edited typescripts, edited typescript carbons, lightly edited typescripts or typescript carbons, or without any edits at all.

Series 3: Personal Materials

Personal materials include engagement calendars with daily entries for appointments and activities, a notebook from a trip to Taos, New Mexico, used by Willa Cather and Edith Lewis about 1925-1926, and financial account books for the years 1924-1948 documenting Cather's income and investments. The William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, also in the collection, was given to Cather in 1930 for her novel Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Series 4: Family Materials

There is a recommendation letter to West Point for Charles E. Cather. A small dairy is comprised of poetry, either copied from a poem or written by Charles F. Cather, presented to Mary Virginia (Jennie) Boak Cather prior to their marriage. There are also entries added by Jennie Cather. Additional materials are associated with other family members, including Willa Cather's sisters, nieces, and nephews.

Series 5: Edith Lewis

There are numerous letters from Edith Lewis to E. K. Brown between 1949-1951. These are written on the subject of Cather's biography. Lewis answers some of the questions that Brown addressed to her or promises to do so in the notes she sent to him. She provides details on those who may be worth meeting, interviewing, or writing to regarding Cather. Lewis specifically writes about Cather's intention for her letters and for her biography, on those who she believed sought to write about Cather but could not do her justice, about events she remembered. For example, she says that her memories of Washington Place are vague. She discusses Cather's Friday salons and states that those were visits from past friends and acquaintances but those that were close to Cather were invited to dinner. She explains to Brown that Cather did not reminisce, but would talk of a person or event as she was reminded of them. Lewis discusses at length Alexander's Bridge, and comments on the Cather's perception of Alexander's marriage. She also talks in a letter abouth the early "stage" novel that Cather later burned that had the title of "Fanny."

More personal letters are those from Lewis's family, including her mother Lily Gould, her father Henry E. Lewis, and her sisters Ruth Lewis and Helen Lewis Morgan. Additional letters are those from Earl H. and Achsah Leona Barlow Brewster and their daughter Harwood Barlow Brewster Picard. The Brewster's met Willa and Edith during their travels in Europe. The Brewster's wrote from their home in southern Italy, from France, and after 1935, from their home in Almora, Uttar Pradesh, India. Additional letters are those from the Menuhin family, Moshe and Marutha and their children Yehudi, Hephzibah, and Yalta, the majority are written by Marutha and Yaltah.

The final materials associated with Lewis are requests for publication permissions sent to her for review and approval, along with financial information from the City Bank Farmers Trust Company regarding Cather's estate, royalties, and Lewis's taxes.

Series 6: Photographs

The photographs of Cather include multiple portrait sittings, some which provide new views of portraits produced during the sittings. The majority of photographs can be found in other Cather collections, or are of extended family.

Series 7: Medals and Artifacts

This series includes medals awarded to Cather, including the William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded in 1930.

Series 8: Newspaper Clippings

These are clippings on Willa Cather or on her published works. The newspaper scrapbooks include newspaper articles clipped from publications and pasted into a scrapbook. Some of the clippings are those cut out and saved, but not incorporated into a scrapbook. The majority of the newspaper clippings are very fragile and brittle. There are brittle envelopes and bags of unsorted newspaper clippings that have been identified by the location noted on the container and a title or a few words from the first item seen.

Series 9: Douglass Cather Correspondence

Letters to Douglass "C. D." Cather, from Jessica Cather Auld, with some from Retta Miner, William Andrews, Carrie Sherwood, I. W. Crowell, and others, written between 1931 and 1938. A few photographs of Douglass Cather and Carbo, Mexico, are included.

Container List: Series 1: Cather CorrespondenceBox 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, to Charles E. Cather, 1935, 1942-1943Item 1. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1935, June 12

Includes a post script (p.s.) to Jim Cather dated June 14, 1935.

Item 2. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1942, Jan. 19 Item 3. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1943, Mar. 29
Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, to Charles E. Cather, 1944-1945Item 1. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1944, June 14 Item 2. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1944, Oct. 19 Item 3. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1944, Dec. 1 Item 4. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1944, Dec. 25 Item 5. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Mar. 14(?) Item 6. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Aug. 4 Item 7. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Oct. 3 Item 8. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Nov. 21 Item 9. Christmas card, Cather to Charles, 1945, Dec. 14(?) Item 10. Christmas card, Edith Lewis to Charles, 1945, Dec. 17(?) Item 11. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Dec. 26 Item 12. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1945, Aug. 4 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, to Charles E. Cather, 1946-1947Item 1. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1946, Apr. 16 Item 2. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1946, Apr. 25 Item 3. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1946, Dec. 12

Includes an undated Christmas card to Charles, probably from the same date.

Item 4. Letter, Cather to Charles, 1947, Jan. 10
Box 1. Folder 4. Charles Cather copies, Correspondence, postcards, Willa to Charles E. 1912Item 1. Postcard, Willa to Charles 1912, Jan 3 Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1938, MayItem 1. Letter, Cather to Douglass 1938, May 14

Typescript letter with two page handwritten note dated May 15th

Item 2. Letter, Cather to Douglass, 1938, May 15

Two handwritten pages.

Item 3.Letter, Cather to Douglass, 1938, May 23

Typescript letter along with letter to Charles D. Cather regarding gravesite monument, 4 photographs of headstones, a drawing and measurements of a headstone, and 5 postcards from the Vermont Marble Co.

Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, to Roscoe Cather, Elsie Cather, 1938, 1942Item 1. Letter, Cather to Roscoe, 1938, June 12

Two typescript letters with the same date.

Item 2. Letter, Cather to Elsie 1942, May 9
Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, to James D. and Ethel Cather, 1931-1939Item 1. Letter, Cather to Ethel, 1931, Jan. 6 Item 2. Letter, Cather to James, 1933, May 6 Item 3. Letter, Cather to James, 1939, Jan. 11 Box 1. Folder 8. Correspondence, to James D. and Ethel Cather, 1943-1947Item 1. Letter, Cather to James, 1943, May 4 Item 2. Letter, Cather to James, 1944, Nov. 28 Item 3. Telegram, Cather to James, 1945, Sept. 22 Item 4. Letter, Cather to James, 1945, Sept. 24 Item 5. Letter, Cather to James, 1946, Mar. 26 Item 6. Letter, Cather to James, 1946, May 8 Item 7. Letter, Cather to James, (?), Oct. 30 Item 8. Sarah J. Bloom to James, 1946, May 8

Enclosed in Cather's letter to James.

Box 1. Folder 9. Correspondence, Cather to Helen Cather Southwick, 1940, 1946Item 1. Letter, Cather to Helen, 1940, Mar. 23 Item 2. Letter, Cather to Helen, 1943, Apr. Item 3. Telegram, Cather to Helen, 1946, Sept. 17 Box 1. Folder 10. Correspondence, Cather to Mlle. Carel, 1939, Feb. 2 Box 1. Folder 11. Correspondence, to Cather from Charles F. Cather, 1897-1919 Box 1. Folder 12. Correspondence, to Cather, 1905, 1913-1914 Box 1. Folder 13. Correspondence, Olive Fremstad, 1913, 1915, 1919, 1922, undated Box 1. Folder 14. Correspondence, to Cather, 1915 Box 1. Folder 15. Correspondence, to Cather, 1916 Box 1. Folder 16. Correspondence, to Cather, 1918 Box 1. Folder 17. Correspondence, to Cather, 1920-1923 Box 1. Folder 18. Correspondence, to Cather, 1927-1928 Box 1. Folder 19. Correspondence, to Cather, 1930 Box 1. Folder 20. Correspondence, to Cather, 1931 Box 1. Folder 21. Correspondence, to Cather, 1932-1934 Box 1. Folder 22. Correspondence, Anna Pavelka, 1935, 1942, 1954 Box 1. Folder 23. Correspondence, to Cather, 1936-1937 Box 1. Folder 24. Correspondence, to Cather, 1938-1939 Box 1. Folder 25. Correspondence, to Cather, 1940-1941 Box 1. Folder 26. Correspondence, to Cather, 1942-1943 Box 1. Folder 27. Correspondence, to Cather, Ferris Greenslet, 1943, undated Box 1. Folder 28. Correspondence, to Cather, 1945-1946 Box 1. Folder 29. Correspondence, to Cather, 1945-1947 Box 1. Folder 30. Correspondence, to Cather and others, 1946, undated Box 1. Folder 31. Correspondence, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, undated Box 1. Folder 32. Correspondence, Gladys Hartley, undated Box 1. Folder 33. Correspondence, to Cather, undated
Series 2: Manuscript and Publication MaterialsBox 1. Folder 34. "Coming Aphrodite!" manuscript, 1 page Box 1. Folder 35. The Professor's House, manuscript, 1 page Box 1. Folder 36. Death Comes for the Archbishop, manuscript, pg. 1-4 Box 1. Folder 37. Death Comes for the Archbishop, manuscript, pg. 3-8 Box 1. Folder 38. Death Comes for the Archbishop, manuscript, pg. 17-18 Box 1. Folder 39. Death Comes for the Archbishop, manuscript, pg. 24.5, 26-27 Box 1. Folder 40. Shadows on the Rock, edited typescript, half-page, "Book IV - Pierre Charron," pg. 1 Box 1. Folder 41. Lucy Gayheart, manuscript, pg. 25 Box 1. Folder 42. Not Under Forty, "Prefatory Note," edited typescript Box 1. Folder 43. Not Under Forty, "Katherine Mansfield," edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 56A-63, pg. 1-7 Box 1. Folder 44. Not Under Forty, "A Chance Meeting," edited typescript, pg. 1-16 Box 1. Folder 45. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 1-3(2) Box 1. Folder 46. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 1-6 Box 1. Folder 47. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 1-11 Box 2. Folder 1. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 1-25 Box 2. Folder 2. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 1-32 Box 2. Folder 3. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 5-20, 22-23(2), 24-27 Box 2. Folder 4. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 55-61 Box 2. Folder 5. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 67-68 Box 2. Folder 6. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, hand paginated, book 2, pg. 1-4 Box 2. Folder 7. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, edited typescript carbon, handwritten additions and pagination, pg. 1-66 Box 2. Folder 8. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 7 Box 2. Folder 9. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 25-58 Box 2. Folder 10. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 59-68 Box 2. Folder 11. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 76-88 Box 2. Folder 12. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 109-122 Box 2. Folder 13. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript, pg. 123-138 Box 2. Folder 14. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript, pg. 1-2 Box 2. Folder 15. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript, pg. 3-24 Box 2. Folder 16. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript, pg. 8-24 Box 2. Folder 17. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript, pg. 25-50 Box 2. Folder 18. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, titled "new carbon, 30, page 1 through Jezebel's voyage," hand pagination, unpaginated, typed pagination, pg. 1-108 Box 2. Folder 19. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 20-24 Box 2. Folder 20. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 25-52 Box 2. Folder 21. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 53-68 Box 2. Folder 22. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 76-87 Box 2. Folder 23. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 109-110 Box 2. Folder 24. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 111-128 Box 2. Folder 25. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 129-130 Box 2. Folder 26. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 131-136, book 2 title page, pg. 138-142 Box 2. Folder 27. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 139 Box 2. Folder 28. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 143-147 Box 2. Folder 29. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 158-163 Box 2. Folder 30. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 158, 13 unpaginated pages, pg. 175-176 Box 2. Folder 31. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, edited typescript carbon, pg. 177 Box 2. Folder 32. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, lightly edited typescript carbon, pg. 25-50 Box 2. Folder 33. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript carbon, pg. 1-8 Box 2. Folder 34. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript carbon, pg. 9-24 Box 2. Folder 35. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript carbon, pg. 13-16 Box 2. Folder 36. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, typescript carbon, half-page, page with numerical notations Box 2. Folder 37. The Old Beauty and Others, "The Best Years," manuscript, half-pages, fragments, pg. 28, 30, 32 Box 2. Folder 38. The Old Beauty and Others, "Lesley and Her Brother (The Best Years)," edited typescript, pg. 1-42 Box 2. Folder 39. The Old Beauty and Others, "The Best Years," edited typescript carbon, pg. 1-42 Box 2. Folder 40. The Old Beauty and Others, "Before Breakfast," edited typescript carbon, pg. 1-17 Box 3. Folder 1. "The Old Beauty," edited typescript carbon, title page, pg. 1-48, envelope Box 3. Folder 2. "Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett," typescript Box 3. Folder 3. "My First Novels" edited typescript carbon, hand paginated, pg. 51-54, The Colophon, 1931 Box 3. Folder 4. "My First Novels," typescript, broadside Box 3. Folder 5. Willa Cather On Writing,"On the Art of Fiction," typescript, "written for the 1920 "Borzoi"" written on second page. Box 3. Folder 6. Willa Cather On Writing,"On the Art of Fiction,"The Borzoi 1920, edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 54A-56, pg. 1-2 Box 2. Folder 7. Willa Cather On Writing, "Light on Adobe Walls," manuscript, pg. 1-6 Box 3. Folder 8. Willa Cather On Writing,"Light on Adobe Walls,""On the Art of Fiction," typescript carbons, in folder with note "Just from Miss Bloom May 22" Box 3. Folder 9. Willa Cather On Writing, "Light on Adobe Walls," edited typescript, hand paginated, pg. 63A-65 Box 3. Folder 10. Willa Cather On Writing, Four Letters, edited typescript, hand paginated, title page, pg. 3-9, 11-20, 20A-26A, 27-50A Box 3. Folder 11. "Four Letters," forward, edited typescript Box 3. Folder 12. "On Writing" typescript, 1936, Apr. 17 Box 3. Folder 13. "The Room Beyond A Foreword on Willa Cather," edited typescript Box 3. Folder 14. "The Room Beyond A Foreword on Willa Cather," typescript carbon, 1 page Box 3. Folder 15. "On Writing" edited typescript, page proofs, 1949 (see Cather oversize box 1) Box 3. Folder 16. "The Novel DéMeublé" typescript, 1922 Box 3. Folder 17. Europe, typescript, 1902 Box 3. Folder 18. Willa Cather in Europe edited typescript, pg. 25-26 Box 3. Folder 19. Willa Cather in Europe, lightly edited typescript, pg. 29-30 Box 3. Folder 20. "The Professor's House," typescript fragment Box 3. Folder 21. "Sigrid Undset" edited typescript, pg. 1-4, typescript carbon, pg. 1-4 Urd, 1946, Nov. 9 Box 3. Folder 22. On criticism(?), typescript, undated Box 3. Folder 23. Hard Punishments, manuscript, pg. 35-38 Box 3. Folder 24. Hard Punishments, manuscript, notes, 3 pages Box 3. Folder 25. Edited typescript, "Princeton Dinner" Box 3. Folder 26. "While she was fixing a room....," unidentified manuscript, pg. 1-4 Box 3. Folder 27. "If through the lifted curtain....," unidentified lightly edited typescript poem Box 3. Folder 28. My Ántonia, lightly edited proof, pg. 6-54 Box 3. Folder 29. My Ántonia, lightly edited proof, pg. 55-126 Box 3. Folder 30. My Ántonia, lightly edited proof, pg. 127-200 Box 3. Folder 31. My Ántonia, lightly edited proof, pg. 201-293 Box 3. Folder 32. My Ántonia, lightly edited proof, pg. 295-333, 335-358, fragments Box 3. Folder 33. "The Bohemian Girl" published photostat copy, McClure's Magazine, 39, pg. 421-443, 1912, Apr. Box 3. Folder 34. Correspondence, regarding media rights, carbons, 1932-1947 Box 3. Folder 35. Correspondence, regarding media rights, carbons, 1947, 1949, 1969, 1971, 1932-1947 Box 3. Folder 36. Houghton Mifflin agreements, 1911-1915Item 1. Alexander's Bridge, 1911, Dec. 1 Item 2. O Pioneers!, 1913, Mar. 29 Item 3. The Song of the Lark, 1915, Apr. 16 Box 3. Folder 37. Houghton Mifflin agreements, 1937, 1948 Box 3. Folder 38. Knopf agreements, 1922, 1936, 1938Item 1. April Twilights 1922, Nov. 10 Item 2. Not Under Forty 1936, July 3 Item 3. The Song of the Lark (revised version) 1933, May 17 Box 3. Folder 39. On Hard Punishments, 1 page typescript Box 3. Folder 40. Review, Letter from W.C. Brownell to Miss Roseboro, on My Ántonia Box 3. Folder 41. Review, talk, on My Ántonia Box 3. Folder 42. "On Shadows on the Rock," review, edited typescript letter, to Governor Gross, 1 page, Saturday Review of Literature,1931, Oct. 17 Box 3. Folder 43. Review, Youth and the Bright Medusa Box 3. Folder 44. "French thesis from Toulouse," typescript carbon, title page, pg. 1-21, bibliography, pg. 123-124, with translation 1937, June 23

Noted in Cather's hand as "French thesis...," with the original title as "Les Femmes Dans Les Romans de Willa Cather."

Box 3. Folder 45. Typescript carbon, "Principaux Personnages mis en scene par Willa Cather," pgs. 22-122 Box 3. Folder 46. Review translations, Swedish, French, 1918, undated Box 4. Folder 1. Contributions list, Nebraska State Journal Box 4. Folder 2. Typescript lists, foreign translations Box 4. Folder 3. Handwritten lists, foreign translations Box 4. Folder 4. Brochures, Willa Cather, A Biographical Sketch... Knopf, volume with marginalia, fragments, 1926 Box 4. Folder 5. Programs, Cather events, 1963, 1973
Series 3: Personal MaterialsBox 4. Folder 6. Record book, 1910s

A record book of 182 lined pages. The initial four pages include pasted down newspaper clippings, a hand drawn map of Blue Mesa with buildings drawn in and identified, and a clipping with the notice of G.P. Cather's death. On page 42 is an attached list of forms of various names typed on letterhead from the Department of Slavonic Languages and Literatures at the University of Nebraska. Two additional pages have titles written at the top of the page, with the first, "Sunday on the Seine," crossed out and the second with the title "G.P's Story." The record book was turned upside down and the back page includes a stanza of writing in Cather's hand with the first line reading "Tree of half-hearted deeds and first beginnings." Pasted on the back inside cover of the book are published pages of arias from Madame Butterfly. Inserted into the back cover are several sheets of letterhead from The Shattuck Inn, Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Multiple pages have been torn out of the record book.

Box 4. Folder 7. Record book, 1920-1945

The record book includes financial records kept by Cather. The initial entries are listed as "Money Given Away" starting in 1930 and ending in 1944. Entries from 1924 through 1940 note deposits or checks from her publishers, banks, and royalties from her books, including Wyoming Trust Co., Union Trust Co., of Pittsburgh, Houghton Mifflin, Alfred Knopf and others. Bank letters or invoices are occasionally inserted into the book. In addition, a picture of Stephen Tennant is pasted on the inside front cover, along with genealogical information on his parents. Several newspaper clippings are inserted or pasted down throughout the book. Most of the entries are in Cather's hand, or may also be written by Edith Lewis.

Box 4. Folder 8. Composition book, 1924-1926(?)

The composition book has Edith Lewis's signature on the upper right hand corner of the cover. The first four pages includes material written by Edith Lewis, including short notes on daily activities in Taos, New Mexico, and notes on names, places, and annual flowers found in Taos. Cather wrote a short story on the next four pages, titled "Party at .... " that later appeared in the novel Death Comes for the Archbishop. Later pages include Lewis's list in English and Spanish of questions, answers, and selected phrases. Two additional pages include Cather's on "Santa Fe 1840" and the "Navajo War."

Box 4. Folder 9. Record book, 1945-1947

In this book, Cather records income for 1945 and 1946 in the form of interest and royalties, interest on bonds, and deductions. In the book are handwritten or typed lists of savings, interest from government and municipal bonds, and dividends inserted at the page containing a summary total. Several additional items are inserted, including a list of securities at the time of Cather's death. Most of the entries are in Cather's hand, or may also be written by Edith Lewis.

Box 4. Folder 10. Notes, in Cather's handItem 1. Note, in Cather's hand, 6 lines on "experience" Item 2. Note with 8 line list beginning with "Baroque..." Item 3. Note, "Chamberlin 1928...." on one side, with "Beaujolais...." on the other Item 4. Published image, unidentified male author, with Cather note attached, "Please return this picture- it is taken from a scrapbook. Willa Cather." Item 5. Note, Dr. Howard C. Tayler address Box 4. Folder 11. Typescript, "The Poet," by Sir Phillip Sidney, in Cather's hand on recto, "important Philip Sidney" Box 4. Folder 12. Engagements calendar, 1939

The calendar served as an appointment book for Cather, with brief, single word entries written in Cather's hand. She recorded appointments or visits with individuals such as McCreery, Yehundi, Father Shehan, and Myra Hess, doctor's appointments, massages, hair-cuts and shampoos, trips to the bank or library, notes about writing to someone, and other general activities. A newspaper clipping on Kamil Ondrak's death in Omaha, Nebraska, and the burial of Queen Marie of Romania were inserted into the calendar

Box 4. Folder 13. Engagements calendar, 1946

As with the 1939 calendar, this one served as an appointment book for Cather, with brief, single word entries written in Cather's hand. She recorded appointments to the dentist, tea visits, or reminders to write someone. The calendar includes entries from Oct. 20 until Dec. 21, then Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, 1947. The entries for Dec. 13 and 14 were torn from the page. The piece was attached to the first week of Jan. 1947, in the next engagement calendar. The rest of the pages for the year have been removed.

Box 4. Folder 14. Engagements calendar, 1947

As with the previous calendars from 1939 and 1946, this one served as an appointment book for Cather, with brief, single word entries written in Cather's hand, noting appointments to the dentist, when to telephone someone, or when to sign letters. Attached on the page for the first week of Jan. 1947 were the entries for Dec. 13, 14, 1946, torn from the page in the 1946 notebook. Several entries each week for the month of April are just the word "liver." The last entry is on April 26th.

Box 4. Folder 15. Address book

Along with addresses, receipts, business cards, appointment cards, and loose pages with addresses are inserted into the address book. A date for 1915 and for 1922 and 1923 on a page under "V" show possible dates for the use of the book. The last pages that are not associated with a letter of the alphabet include notes about hotels, medicine, and on one page, some Russian proverbs, along with additional addresses.

Box 4. Folder 16. Address book

This second address book is the same type as the previous one, though less worn. The same type of materials are represented and inserted or pasted down throughout. On the front page with the letter "A" is a correction for Death Comes to the Archbishop. Two dates for the year 1943 appear on entries under the letter "B," which may indicate the possible use dates for the address book. The majority of the address book is empty. On the page for "O" are listed page numbers for One of Ours, with page numbers listed under "P" for Professor's House. On the first page for "S" is a list of changes for Shadows on the Rock.

Box 4. Folder 17. Pittsburgh Teachers' Institute Member's Ticket, W.S. Cather, in envelope addressed to Miss Willa Cather, postmarked Dec. 12, 1901 Box 4. Folder 18. Prescription, France, 1930 Box 4. Folder 19. Newspaper clippings, with Cather's note to "please return" undated

Includes a mention of Swedish reviews of Cather in the Chicago Daily News, and pictures of Olive Fremstad from the New York Times. Includes a fragment titled "Department of Tactics," obituary, "Dr. Sterns, Formerly Here, Dies," and an image from the New York Times, Nov. 27, 1945, captioned "Opera Season Opens at the Metropolitan with the First Lady Among the Audience."

Box 4. Folder 20. Labeled envelopes, some in Cather's hand (see Cather oversize box 1)
Series 4: Family MaterialsBox 5. Folder 1. Poetry notebook, Mary Virginia Boak, 1869- Box 5. Folder 2. Poetry notebook, to Mary Virginia (Jennie) Boak Cather from Charles F. Cather, 1871, Jan. 11-1871, Nov. 22, 1872, Mar. 9 Box 5. Folder 3. Poetry notebook, enclosed items, 1871-1872 Box 5. Folder 4. Essays, poetry, Mary Virginia Boak, undated Box 5. Folder 5. Correspondence, "to Jennie," Mary Virginia Boak, 1868, 1869, undated Box 5. Folder 6. Correspondence, James and Ethel Cather, 1946, 1950, 1963 Box 5. Folder 7. Correspondence, James and Ethel Cather, diploma, 1906, 1973-1974 (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 5. Folder 8. Correspondence, Edith Lewis, James and Ethel Cather, 1947 Box 5. Folder 9. Correspondence, postcards, Helen Cather Southwick, undated Box 5. Folder 10. Wedding announcement, Helen Cather Southwick, 1942 Box 5. Folder 11. Correspondence, to Charles E. Cather, 1944, 1947 Box 5. Folder 12. Correspondence, Charles E. Cather, 1942-1943, 1952, 1978-1979, 1998, 2001Item 1. Letter, F.E. Lee to Charles D. Cather, 1942, Sept. 22

The verso of envelope for this letter includes a note from Cather to her brother Roscoe, with a reply, possibly written by Roscoe or Charles.

Box 5. Folder 13. Correspondence, Edith Lewis to Charles E. Cather, undated Box 5. Folder 14. Military record, Charles E. Cather, 1944 Box 5. Folder 15. Passport, allied forces permit, Charles E. Cather, 1950 Box 5. Folder 16. Student essay, notes, Ethel M. Garber, 1909, May 24 Box 5. Folder 17. Typescript copy, "A Prairie Episode," Garber family story, Robert Hayes, 1971 Box 5. Folder 18. Mohler-Garber Family History, 1921 Box 5. Folder 19. Wedding, funeral announcements, Garber family, 1886, 1913
Series 5: Edith LewisBox 5. Folder 20. Correspondence, Lewis, E.K. Brown, 1948-1949 Box 5. Folder 21. Correspondence, Lewis, E.K. Brown, 1950 Box 5. Folder 22. Correspondence, Lewis, E.K. Brown, undated Box 5. Folder 23. Correspondence, Lewis, Leon Edel, 1952-1953, 1962 Box 5. Folder 24. Correspondence, Lewis, Elizabeth Shepley Sargeant, 1951-1953 Box 5. Folder 25. Correspondence, Edith Lewis's parents, 1912-1925, undated Box 5. Folder 26. Correspondence, Edith Lewis's family, 1915, 1921, 1953 Box 6. Folder 1. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1911 Box 6. Folder 2. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1915-1916 Box 6. Folder 3. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster (damaged), 1916 Box 6. Folder 4. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1923 Box 6. Folder 5. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1924-1927, undated Box 6. Folder 6. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1930-1935 Box 6. Folder 7. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1936-1939 Box 6. Folder 8. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1940-1945 Box 6. Folder 9. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1945-1949 Box 6. Folder 10. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1950-1952 Box 6. Folder 11. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, 1953-1956 Box 6. Folder 12. Correspondence, Lewis, Brewster, undated Box 6. Folder 13. Correspondence, Lewis, Menuhin, 1930-1939 Box 6. Folder 14. Correspondence, Lewis, Menuhin, 1940, 1946-1949, undated Box 6. Folder 15. Correspondence, Lewis, Menuhin, 1950-1959, undated Box 6. Folder 16. Correspondence, Lewis, Menuhin, 1960-1961 Box 6. Folder 17. Correspondence, Lewis, Menuhin, undated Box 6. Folder 18. Publications, on Menuhin, 1932, 1951 Box 6. Folder 19. Correspondence, Lewis, E. De Long, 1937-1939 Box 6. Folder 20. Correspondence, Lewis, New York Public Library, 1947, 1953 Box 6. Folder 21. Correspondence, Lewis, encyclopedias, etc., 1947, 1952 Box 6. Folder 22. Correspondence, Lewis, Houghton-Mifflin, 1947-1964 Box 6. Folder 23. Correspondence, Lewis, 1940, 1947-1949 Box 6. Folder 24. Correspondence, Lewis, 1950-1952 Box 6. Folder 25. Correspondence, Lewis, 1953 Box 7. Folder 1. Correspondence, Lewis, 1953-1955 Box 7. Folder 2. Correspondence, Lewis, 1954-1959 Box 7. Folder 3. Correspondence, Lewis, 1961 Box 7. Folder 4. Correspondence, Lewis, undated Box 7. Folder 5. Correspondence, Lewis, fragments, undated Box 7. Folder 6. Identity card, Edith Lewis, 1920 Box 7. Folder 7. Calendar, "notes for biography," 1945

The calendar entries are written by Edith Lewis and cover pages from Jan. 12 through Mar. 2, outlining Cather's life from about 1892 until 1910. The pages from Mar. 3-24 have been removed, leaving partial pages with incomplete notes.

Box 7. Folder 8. Notebook, Edith Lewis, "letter to Mr. Brown on religion," undated Box 7. Folder 9. Notebook, Lewis (?), Grand Manan(?), undated Box 7. Folder 10. Engagements calendar, 1964

Includes very few entries and some addresses

Box 7. Folder 11. Notebook fragment, "Yeat's Diary of 1908-12," Box 7. Folder 12. Notes, "Willa Cather - notes for Mr. Brown" Box 7. Folder 13. Typescript timeline 1943-1946, pgs. 14-15 Box 7. Folder 14. Notes, on Cather by Lewis(?) for Willa Cather Living (?) Box 7. Folder 15. Article, Edith Lewis corrected copy, "A Chance Meeting,"The Atlantic Box 7. Folder 16. Revised proof, Stephen Tennant, My Brother Aquarius, 1961 Box 7. Folder 17. Press release, E.K. Brown biography, 1953 Box 7. Folder 18. Society Library list, Lewis, E.K. Brown, undated Box 7. Folder 19. Supplement to the Carmalite, D.H. Lawrence, 1930, Mar. 19 Box 7. Folder 20. Estate correspondence, City Bank Farmers Trust Company, 1947-1949 Box 7. Folder 21. Principle, income statements, City Bank Farmers Trust Company, 1947-1949 Box 7. Folder 22. Securities receipts, City Bank Farmers Trust Company, 1947-1949 Box 7. Folder 23. Lewis, taxes, 1954 Box 7. Folder 24. Lewis, taxes, 1956 Box 7. Folder 25. Lewis, taxes, 1960 Box 7. Folder 26. Houghton-Mifflin royalty statements, 1961
Series 6: PhotographsBox 8. Folder 1. Photographs, Willa Cather, 1891, 1890s, undated Box 8. Folder 2. Photographs, Willa Cather, 1900, 1902, 1903-1906 (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 8. Folder 3. Photographs, Cather, Dupont portraits, 1912 Box 8. Folder 4. Photograph, Willa Cather by Hollinger, 1915 Box 8. Folder 5. Photographs, Willa Cather, Helen Cather Southwick, 1918, 1924 Box 8. Folder 6. Photographs, Cather, Rinehart Marsden portraits, 1921 (see also Cather oversize box 4) Box 8. Folder 7. Photographs, Willa Cather, 1920, 1920s Box 8. Folder 8. Photographs, Cather, garden portrait, Leon Bakst studio, by Henri Manuel, 1922, 1923, Oct. 1 (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 8. Folder 9. Photograph, Willa Cather, by Nicholas Muray, 1924 Box 8. Folder 10. Photographs, negatives, Willa Cather, Isabelle McClung Hambourg, 1924 Box 8. Folder 11. Photographs, Cather, Steichen portraits, 1927 Box 8. Folder 12. Photographs, Cather, New York Times portrait Box 8. Folder 13. Photographs, Cather, Charles Cather, Jennie Cather, Douglass Cather, 1928, undated Box 8. Folder 14. Photographs, Willa Cather, Cather family children, 1931, 1930s Box 8. Folder 15. Photographs, Cather, Ensminger portraits, 1936, Dec. 7 Box 8. Folder 16. Photographs, Cather, France Box 8. Folder 17. Photographs, Cather, New Mexico Box 8. Folder 18. Photographs, Cather, Grand Manaan, unidentified landscape (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 8. Folder 19. Photographs, Cather, Jennie Cather, Virginia Cather, Mary Cather Auld Box 8. Folder 20. Photographs, Cather, published copies Box 8. Folder 21. Photographs, Edith Lewis Box 8. Folder 22. Photographs, Edith Lewis, Earl, Achsah, Harper Brewster Box 8. Folder 23. Photographs, Edith Lewis correspondence Box 8. Folder 24. Negatives, Cather, Paris, 1920s Box 8. Folder 25. Negatives, Cather, Grand Manan(?) Box 9. Folder 1. Photograph album, Willa Cather, Charles F., Jennie Boak Cather, 1865, 1873

"Ach bin dien forever" (I am yours forever)

Box 9. Folder 2. Photographs, Charles F. Cather, Mary Virginia (Jennie) Boak Cather, about 1900 Box 9. Folder 3. Photographs, Charles F. Cather, about 1900, undated Box 9. Folder 4. Photographs, Jennie Boak Cather Box 9. Folder 5. Photographs, Roscoe, Elsie, Jack Cather Box 9. Folder 6. Photographs, Roscoe Cather Box 9. Folder 7. Photographs, Virginia, Elizabeth, Margaret Cather Box 9. Folder 8. Photographs, Douglass Cather Box 9. Folder 9. Photographs, Elsie Cather Box 9. Folder 10. Photographs, Jessica Cather Auld Box 9. Folder 11. Photographs, Jack (John) Cather Box 10. Folder 1. Photographs, James Cather Box 10. Folder 2. Photographs, Ethel Garber Cather, 1909-1919 Box 10. Folder 3. Photographs, Ethel Garber Cather, 1920s Box 10. Folder 4. Photographs, Ethel Garber Cather, 1930s-1940s Box 10. Folder 5. Photographs, James and Ethel Garber Cather, family, 1926, 1937, 1950s (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 10. Folder 6. Photographs, Helen Cather Southwick, photo album, 1918-1929 Box 10. Folder 7. Photographs, Helen Cather Southwick, 1918-1929 Box 10. Folder 8. Photographs, Helen Cather Southwick, 1933-1934 Box 10. Folder 9. Photographs, Helen Cather Southwick, 1930s Box 10. Folder 10. Photographs, Helen Cather, Philip Southwick, 1940s Box 10. Folder 11. Photographs, Helen Cather Southwick, Charles E. Cather, 1923, 1929 Box 10. Folder 12. Photographs, Charles E. Cather, 1923, 1929 Box 10. Folder 13. Photographs, Charles E. Cather, military portrait, 1944 Box 10. Folder 14. Photographs, Charles E. Cather, 1930s, 1950s Box 11. Folder 1. Scrapbook, photograph album, Charles E. Cather, S. S. Columbia, 1937-1944, 1950 (see Cather oversize box 1) Box 11. Folder 2. Photographs, Charles E. Cather, Nevada, 1930s, 1940s Box 11. Folder 3. Photographs, Mary Virginia Auld Box 11. Folder 4. Photographs, lithograph, James Cather, about 1840 Box 11. Folder 5. Photographs, Willow Shade, about 1840 Box 11. Folder 6. Photographs, Geraldine Farrar Box 11. Folder 7. Photographs, Olive Fremstad Box 11. Folder 8. Photographs, Isabelle McClung Hambourg Box 11. Folder 9. Photographs, S.S. McClure Box 11. Folder 10. Photographs, Moshe Menuhin, with family Box 11. Folder 11. Photographs, Ethelbert, Anne Paul Nevin Box 11. Folder 12. Photographs, Anna Pavelka Box 11. Folder 13. Photographs, Nettie Provost Box 11. Folder 14. Photographs, Stephen Tennant, 1948 Box 11. Folder 15. Photographs, Charles Wiener Box 11. Folder 16. Photographs, inscribed to Cather, 1948 Box 11. Folder 17. Photographs, Silas Garber Box 11. Folder 18. Photographs, Garber family, 1895 Box 11. Folder 19. Photographs, various, identified Box 11. Folder 20. Photographs, Yeager's Band, Guide Rock, Nebraska Box 11. Folder 21. Photographs, Red Cloud, Nebraska, photo studios Box 12. Folder 1. Photographs, Superior, Nebraska, Clarinda, Iowa, photo studios, Garber family(?) Box 12. Folder 2. Portrait drawings, Benda (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 12. Folder 3. Negatives, Helen Cather Southwick, Charles E. Cather Box 12. Folder 4. Photograph postcard, University of Nebraska Box 12. Folder 5. Postcards, travel guides Box 12. Folder 6. Postcards, pamphlets Box 12. Folder 7. Photographs, unidentified
Series 7: Medals, ArtifactsBox 13. Folder 1. MedalsItem 1. National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1929 Item 2. William Dean Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1930 Item 3. American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1938, Nov. 10 Box 13. Folder 2. Artifacts, Willa Cather name, address stamps Series 8: Newspaper ClippingsBox 14. Folder 1. Newspaper scrapbook, Song of the Lark Box 14. Folder 2. Newspaper scrapbook, One of Ours Box 14. Folder 3. Newspaper scrapbook, Death Comes for the Archbishop Box 14. Folder 4. Newspaper scrapbook, Shadows on the Rock Box 14. Folder 5. Newspaper scrapbook, Lucy Gayheart Box 14. Folder 6. Newspaper scrapbook, Sapphira and the Slave Girl Box 14. Folder 7. Newspaper scrapbook, Obscure Destinies Box 14. Folder 8. Newspaper scrapbook, Willa Cather Living Box 14. Folder 9. Newspaper scrapbook, awards Box 14. Folder 10. Newspaper scrapbook, biographical Box 14. Folder 11. Newspaper scrapbook, general reviews Box 14. Folder 12. Newspaper scrapbook, interviews Box 14. Folder 13. Newspaper scrapbook, Nebraska Box 14. Folder 14. Newspaper scrapbook, photographs Box 14. Folder 15. Record book, newsclippings Box 14. Folder 16. Newspaper clippings, O Pioneers Box 14. Folder 17. Newspaper clippings, My Ántonia Box 14. Folder 18. Newspaper clippings, The Professor's House Box 14. Folder 19. Newspaper clippings, My Mortal Enemy Box 14. Folder 20. Newspaper clippings, duplicates, Shadows on the Rock Box 14. Folder 21. Newspaper clippings, Youth and the Bright Medusa Box 14. Folder 22. Newspaper clippings, Obscure Destinies Box 14. Folder 23. Newspaper clippings, Not Under Forty Box 14. Folder 24. Newspaper clippings, The Old Beauty and Others Box 14. Folder 25. Newspaper clippings, English reviews Box 14. Folder 26. Newspaper clippings, foreign reviews Box 14. Folder 27. Newspaper clippings, general reviews Box 14. Folder 28. Newspaper clippings, golden wedding Box 14. Folder 29. Newspaper clippings, important Box 14. Folder 30. Newspaper clippings, various Box 14. Folder 31. Newspaper clippings, western Box 14. Folder 32. Newspaper clippings, duplicates Box 14. Folder 33. Article, on Cather, The New Republic, 1937 Box 14. Folder 34. Article, Mary Baker Eddy, McClure's Magazine, 1907 Box 14. Folder 35. Magazine clippings, 19202 Box 14. Folder 36. Magazine clippings, 1920s, 1940s Box 14. Folder 37. Newsclip bundle, "Archbishop press" Box 14. Folder 38. Newsclip bundle, "notices, Troll Garden, not read" Box 14. Folder 39. Empty envelope, with notes (see Cather oversize box 4) Box 15. Folder 1. Newsclip bundle, "Cather Residence, ""Century" Box 15. Folder 2. Newsclip bundle, "Cather Residence, ""Aberdeen" Box 15. Folder 3. Newsclip bundle, "Olive residence, Long Beach, ""Ex Libris" Box 16. Folder 1. Newsclip bundle, "Olive residence, Long Beach, ""All the news" Box 16. Folder 2. Newsclip bundle, "Olive residence, Long Beach, ""American Scandinavian Review" Box 16. Folder 3. Newspaper Webster County Argus, 1906 Box 16. Folder 4. Misc news clips, 1960s, 1980s Series 9: Douglass Cather CorrespondenceBox 17. Folder 1. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1931, 1933 Box 17. Folder 2. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1935, Jan.-May Box 17. Folder 3. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1935, June-Nov. Box 17. Folder 4. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1936 Box 17. Folder 5. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1937 Box 17. Folder 6. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, 1938 Box 17. Folder 7. Correspondence, to Douglass Cather, undated Box 17. Folder 8. Photographs, Oil Well Survey Instrument, single shot, 1933 Box 17. Folder 9. Photographs, Douglass Cather, 1937 Box 17. Folder 10. Photographs, Carbo, Mexico, undated Box 17. Artifacts, 3 plates
Related Material and Resources: Earl and Achsah Brewster's correspondence, a memoir by Achsah and another by their daughter Harwood Brewster Picard are located at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. See the Willa Cather Collection. The papers of E.K. Brown, who authored Willa Cather: A Critical Biography, are located at Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut. See the E.K. Brown Collection of Willa Cather.



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