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J. Robert Sullivan, Collection on Cather

Title: J. Robert Sullivan, Collection on Cather

Collector: Sullivan, J. Robert

Dates: 1949-1985

Quantity: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)

Collection Number: MS 0078

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: J. Robert Sullivan, Collection on Cather (MS 0078). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Professor emeritus J. Robert Sullivan developed an interest in collecting limited, signed, and first editions of Willa Cather's works during the 1940s while studying for his master's degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Sullivan later served as director of student activities at Northwestern Connecticut Community College.

Scope and Content:

The Sullivan materials include a single letter written and signed by Willa Cather, two letters written to Sullivan, selected items of Catheriana collected by Sullivan, articles written about Cather, and general newspapers clippings regarding her works, books written about her, and her life.


Cather, Willa, 1873-1947

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, Willa CatherItem 1. Letter, Willa Cather to "Mr. Sanborn," undated Item 2. Letter, Willa Cather to "Mr. Brislow" (photocopy), undated Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, S. S. McClure to George Sylvester Viereck, 1928, Oct. 3. Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, Sullivan, 1949-1953 Box 1. Folder 4. Book jackets Box 1. Folder 5. Catalog, Houghton Mifflin Autograph Editions, 1937 Box 1. Folder 6. Nebraska songs, University of Nebraska, 1921 Box 1. Folder 7. Postage stamps, Cather commemorative Box 1. Folder 8. Program, Cather Conference, 1981 Box 1. Folder 9. Sieller, William Vincent, "Willa Cather and the Problem of Mutability" Box 1. Folder 10. Articles, on Cather Box 1. Folder 11. Articles, Life Magazine Box 1. Folder 12. Articles, New Mexico Box 1. Folder 13. Newspaper clippings Box 1. Folder 14. Photograph, Cather, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Related Material and Resources: The J. Robert Sullivan collection of unique, limited, and first edition Cather novels is also located in the Archives & Special Collections of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries. These books can be located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog, which is available through IRIS.

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