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George Cather Ray Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0113

Scope and Contents

The George Cather Ray Collection is largely comprised of the papers of George P. Cather, Frances (Franc) Smith Cather, and G. P. Cather. The George P. Cather materials include correspondence, family photographs, County Treasurer reports, land assessments, and estate information relating to his work as a land surveyor. The G. P. Cather items consist of correspondence, battle training notes, military orders, and commissions. The Franc Smith Cather materials consist mainly of correspondence with her children and others along with letters she received and newspaper clippings she collected after her son G. P.'s death. The collection also includes items from various other Cather family members such as receipts, estate information, and land records from Frederick County, Virginia.

While the collection documents the daily lives, work, and interests of members of the Cather family, it is also valuable resource for information on homesteading, farm life, railroads, land surveying, politics, and college course work and social life, particularly in Nebraska. G. P. Cather's correspondence also provides information on homesteading following the Kinkaid Act, which made land in the Nebraska Sandhills open to settlers. His materials serve as a resource for general duties and life in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Whenever possible the collection was kept in the order created by the donor.


  • 1833-1933
  • Majority of material found in 1870-1922



19.00 Boxes

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Cather Family Information and relations to Willa Cather: Charles F. Cather, father Mary Virginia Boak Cather, mother George P. Cather, uncle (father's brother) Franc Smith Cather, aunt (father's brother's wife) G. P. Cather, first cousin (son of George P. Cather) Blanche Cather Ray, first cousin (daughter of George P. Cather) Carrie Cather Lindgren, first cousin (daughter of George P. Cather) Oscar Cather, first cousin (son of George P. Cather) Frank Cather, first cousin (son of George P. Cather) W. Wallace Ray, uncle (by marriage to Blanche Cather Ray) George Cather Ray, first cousin, once removed (son of Blanche Cather Ray) Alverna Cather Clutter Payne, aunt (father's sister) Kyd Clutter, first cousin (son of Alverna Cather Clutter Payne) Wilella Payne, first cousin (daughter of Alverna Cather Clutter Payne) Edward Payne, uncle (by marriage to Alverna Cather Clutter Payne) Robert Bruce (R.B.) Payne, in-law (brother of Edward Payne, Alverna Cather Clutter Payne's husband) Alfretta Cather, aunt (father's sister) Virginia (Jennie) Cather Ayre, aunt (father's sister) Alfretta (Rettie) Ayre Miner, cousin, (daughter of Virginia "Jennie" Cather Ayre) William Cather, grandfather Caroline Cather, grandmother Charles Cather, great uncle (brother of William Cather) Thomas Cather, great uncle (brother of James Cather) Rachel E. Boak, grandmother Aristotle Smith, cousin

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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