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Frank Cather, Postcard Collection

Title: Frank Cather Postcard Collection

Creator: Cather, Frank, 1886-

Dates: 1905-1911

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0060

Language: English

Restrictions: None.

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Preferred Citation: Frank Cather Postcard Collection (MS 0060). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Born in 1886, Frank Cather and his twin brother Oscar grew up in Webster County, Nebraska. Willa Cather and Frank were first cousins. Frank's brother, G.P. Cather, who died in World War I, served as the prototype for the main character, Claude Wheeler, in Willa Cather's novel One of Ours. Frank Cather taught school at Campbell, Nebraska, from 1904 to 1906. In 1906, he moved to Boston, where he studied piano at the Boston Conservatory of Music. At the end of the summer of 1907, he left Boston to spend several weeks with family members in Clearbrook, Virginia. Cather eventually returned to Nebraska and filed a homestead claim in McPherson County where he lived until he returned to Webster County in 1915.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of postcards Frank Cather received from friends and family between 1905 and 1911. The postcards illustrate the Cather family's ties with its native Virginia as well as the close relationship between Cather and his brother G.P. There are 165 postcards arranged chronologically.


Cather, Frank, 1886-1927

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


Frontier and pioneer life


United States Army -- Military life

United States Navy -- Military life

Container List: Box 1. Postcards, 1905-1911

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