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George Cather Ray Collection Addition

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0113-1

Scope and Contents

The George Cather Ray Collection Addition is largely comprised of the papers of George P. Cather and his grandson George Cather Ray. The George P. Cather materials include correspondence, documents relating to Webster County, such as treasurer reports and land assessments or purchases. There are selected materials created by Blanche Cather Ray, George P. Cather's daugther, which briefly document her school life. She also owned an autograph book in which there is an inscription from her cousin Willa Cather. Both Blanche and her father George P. Cather had a strong interest in family genealogy and their correspondence, research, and self-published family histories are included in the collection. The materials relating to George Cather Ray consist of records he created and gathered during his career in the United States Navy, both in training school and as an officer on the U.S.S. Banner. The materials provide information on the concerns of running a farm, and the daily lives, work, and interests of members of the Cather family. They are a valuable resource for information on the U.S. Navy before and during World War II.

A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission provided for preservation microfilm of the George Cather Ray Collection. Materials from the addition were not interfiled into the original collection.


  • 1791-2003
  • 1873-1945



8.00 Boxes

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Related Materials

For materials related to this collection, please see the finding aid for the original George Cather Ray Collection

Additional Willa Cather materials appear in several collections in the Archives & Special Collections. A list of these materials is available online under the subject "Great Plains History and Literature." The Archives & Special Collections also houses books by Willa Cather, including selected items from her personal library. These books can be located through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries on-line catalog.

Information on the Cather family and their relationship to Willa Cather can be located on the finding aid for the original George Cather Ray Collection

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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