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Frank Cather, Postcard Collection

Identifier: MS-0060

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of postcards Frank Cather received from friends and family between 1905 and 1911. The postcards illustrate the Cather family's ties with its native Virginia as well as the close relationship between Cather and his brother G.P. There are 165 postcards arranged chronologically.


  • 1905-1911


Biographical / Historical

Born in 1886, Frank Cather and his twin brother Oscar grew up in Webster County, Nebraska. Willa Cather and Frank were first cousins. Frank's brother, G.P. Cather, who died in World War I, served as the prototype for the main character, Claude Wheeler, in Willa Cather's novel One of Ours. Frank Cather taught school at Campbell, Nebraska, from 1904 to 1906. In 1906, he moved to Boston, where he studied piano at the Boston Conservatory of Music. At the end of the summer of 1907, he left Boston to spend several weeks with family members in Clearbrook, Virginia. Cather eventually returned to Nebraska and filed a homestead claim in McPherson County where he lived until he returned to Webster County in 1915.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Repository Details

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