- Text Analysis
If you know about any letters not included in this calendar, or if you have any information that suggests a revision is in order, please contact the editors at . Any edition that attempts to be comprehensive depends upon a community of scholars, readers, and other interested parties.
Successful digital projects are the work of collaborative teams, and the digital edition of the Calendar is no different.
Sabrina Ehmke Sergeant has been fundamental to the completion of this digital edition, tirelessly encoding, proofreading, researching, and advising. Her work is present throughout the edition, both in what is visible to readers and in its less-visible technical foundation.
Zach Bajaber at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities has provided essential technical and design assistance. His work is what brings our vision to fruition, and his personal insights broaden our vision to make a better edition.
Katherine Walter helped to imagine this edition, to establish the framework and team to support its creation, and, as co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, has provided important technical and logistical support. Additionally, she has been an energetic advocate for this project and a wonderful support to its editors.
The Cather Archive Research Team—including Brian Pytlik Zillig, Brett Barney, Karin Dalziel, Kari Ronning, Vicki Martin, Amanda Kuhnel, Melissa Homestead, Beth Burke, and Guy Reynolds—has provided excellent advice and feedback throughout the project. Kari Ronning has been especially helpful in identifying certain people referenced in the letters.
The University of Nebraska Press, particularly Associate Director and Humanities Editor Ladette Randolph, has been very supportive in this project and provided the necessary permission to incorporate the original edition into this new edition.
Archivists and staff at many institutions have provided excellent help and support. We especially want to thank Mary Ellen Ducey, Carmella Orosco, and Peterson Brink at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Archives and Special Collections; Lucy Marks and Masato Okinaka at Drew University; and many others at a variety of institutions that provided photocopies and responses to inquiries. Special thanks goes to Sarah Hartwell at Dartmouth College for looking beyond our request and finding two letters from Cather to Robert Frost.
With warm thanks to Ann Romines, Deborah Williams, Bruce Baker, and other Cather scholars who encouraged me in this project, especially Susan Rosowski. Thanks also to John McDermott and Craig Kallendorf, who first suggested that I consider making my work on the letters available in this way; to Robert Thacker, who shared with me his transcriptions of a number of letters; to John Murphy,who saved me from a dreadful blunder; to Mark Madigan, whose work on Cather's "The Profile" and Evelyn Osborne saved me other blunders; to the incomparable Kari Ronning, who greatly enriched the biographical information given here and caught several errors; to Yessica Garces and especially Molly McBride for their research assistance at Texas A&M University, the results of which are evident in the biographical directory, the dating of several undated letters, and various bracketed notes incorporated into the letter summaries themselves; and to Juli Parrish, Mark Heineke, and Alena Amato Ruggerio, who helped with research at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, and Indiana University, respectively. Special thanks are also owed to Sherrill Harbison, who shared with me in manuscript her listing and summaries of nineteen letters to Sigrid Undset discovered at a private estate in Lillehammer, Norway, in February 1999 and now archived at the Oslo Division of the National Library of Norway;my listing here follows Dr. Harbison's dating, and my summaries are compressions of hers. Special thanks also to Mary Weddle, who allowed me access to letters to Mrs.George P.Cather, through the intermediation of Sue Rosowski.
The identification of George Woodberry, in the biographical dictionary, is from John P. Anders, Willa Cather's Sexual Aesthetics and the Male Homosexual Literary Tradition (1999).
Textual and historical information provided in the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition has been helpful in a great variety of ways, ranging from the date of the newspaper story reporting a rumor that the Cathers were hiding Marjorie Anderson (the Argus, October 30, 1924, per Kari A. Ronning, "Historical Essay," Obscure Destinies) to the first name of Ferris Greenslet's secretary, Miss Bishop (Helen, per Charles W. Mignon with Kari A. Ronning, "Textual Commentary," My Ántonia). Thanks are owed by all Cather scholars, now and in the future, to those who envisioned and have labored to produce these editions.