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James Woodress, Cather Papers

Identifier: MS-0111

Scope and Contents

The Woodress papers contain correspondence and research materials gathered for the writing and publication of a biography of Willa Cather. The majority of materials created by Willa Cather are photocopies of original items located in other repositories. The materials remain in the original order created by Woodress.


  • Creation: 1967-1997


Conditions Governing Use

Property rights and copyright reside with the University of Nebraska. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections. 

Biographical / Historical

James Leslie Woodress received an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He serves as a professor of English at the University of California at Davis. Woodress has published several volumes relating to Willa Cather, including Willa Cather: Her Life and Art, Willa Cather: A Literary Life, and a definitive edition of Willa Cather's The Troll Garden. He provided a historical essay and assisted with explanatory notes included in the scholarly edition of My Ántonia published by University of Nebraska Press in 1994. Along with his work on Cather, Woodress has published and edited works relating to Walt Whitman, Booth Tarkington, and American literature. Woodress received the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for his work in the study and teaching of American literature.


5.25 Linear Feet (9 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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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