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Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Collection of Willa Cather Materials
Manuscripts Division
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1933-1982 (mostly 1933-1944)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence, a typed manuscript, and printed material related to Willa Cather, one of the most respected American women novelists of the early twentieth century.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence, a typed manuscript, and printed material related to Cather. Correspondents include Elmer Adler, Yaltah and Marutha Menuhin, and Julian Street. There is material regarding the Pynson Printers' edition of December Night including a mock-up of the cover and sample pages of the printed work. There is also a typescript of My First Novels (There Were Two), written for part six of the Colophon, with the final printed version of it.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.

Willa Siebert Cather is among the most esteemed of American women authors. She is known for her depictions of U.S. prairie life in novels like O Pioneers!, My Antonia, and Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Collection History


The collection consists of multiple gifts and purchases. Cather's letter to Julian Street was a gift of Mrs. Julian Street (AM 21986); Letters from Elmer Adler regarding the Pynson Printers edition of Cather's December Night (AM 15137); Letters to Elmer Adler regarding "My First Novels" (AM 15126); 18 letters from Cather were purchased from Goodspeed's Bookshop in 1988 (AM 89-10).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Collection of Willa Cather Materials; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1