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Robert and Doris Kurth Cather Collection

Identifier: MS-0076

Scope and Content:

The Kurth collection contains correspondence to and about Willa Cather, including letters from Anna Pavelka, after whom Cather modeled the protagonist of My Antonia. The Pavelka letters describe farm life in rural Nebraska. The collection includes Cather's article "Victoria's Ancestors: The House of Hanover" as it appeared in Home Monthly, photographs of Willa Cather and places in New Mexico, and typescripts about Willa Cather written by George N. Kates and E. H. Brewster. The list of renewals for Cather's stories and poetry include title of Cather's work, the title of the magazine the work was published in, the original publication date, and the date for application for renewal. The majority of postcards in the collection are of places in New Mexico. A postcard of Van Gogh's "La Chambre A Arles" includes the comment "so lovely" written in Cather's hand and on another postcard, captioned "Haute-Savoie - Combloux et le Mont-Blanc," Edith Lewis noted that Cather stayed there.


  • 1897-1975
  • Majority of material found within 1927-1950



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Robert Kurth grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree in 1950 and his M.D. degree in 1953 from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He and his wife Doris became interested in the life and works of Willa Cather in 1975 and spent nearly twenty-five years acquiring Catheriana.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Related Material and Resources:

The Robert and Doris Kurth collection of 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 Libraries on-line catalog.

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States