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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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1