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Susan J. and James R. Rosowski Cather Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0228

Scope and Contents

The Rosowski Cather Collection is named in honor of University of Nebraska–Lincoln Professor Susan J. Rosowski. The collection includes materials relating to Willa Cather and her family, such as her parents and particularly her sister Elsie Cather. Included are letters to Isabelle McClung and letters about her health. In addition, the collection documents the friendship between Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, and Stephen Tennant. The majority of Tennant correspondence is comprised of letters written to Edith Lewis.


  • Creation: 1861-1992
  • Creation: 1879-1928


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Willa Cather is best known for her short stories, essays, and novels that focused on her Nebraska experience, her early years in Virginia, her life in New York and Pittsburgh, and her travels to New Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Her novels include Alexander's Bridge (1912), O Pioneers! (1913), My Ántonia (1918), A Lost Lady (1923), One of Ours (1922), The Professor's House (1925), My Mortal Enemy (1926), Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), Shadows on the Rock (1931), Lucy Gayheart (1935), and Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940). Her short story collections include The Troll Garden (1905), Youth and the Bright Medusa (1920), and Obscure Destinies (1932).

For more biographical information on Cather, please visit The Willa Cather Archive.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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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