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Princeton University Collection of Willa Cather Materials

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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.

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.

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).

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

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
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Typed manuscript of "My First Novels (There were Two)", Letter from Willa Cather to Elmer Adler, Printed copy of the article, which appeared in Part Six of "The Colophon", undated. 1 folder.
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Correspondence with Elmer Adler and printed copy of the work "December Night", 1933. 1 folder.
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Letter from Willa Cather to Julian Street, 1939 November 9. 1 folder.
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18 Letters by Willa Cather to Yaltah Stix (16), Hephzibah Menuhim (1), and Marutha Memikin (1), Letter from Lionel from "Mamele", newspaper clipping from the National Observer, 1882-1939. 1 folder.
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