The Willa Cather Archive

The Willa Cather Archive is an ambitious endeavor to create a rich, useful, and widely accessible site for the study of Willa Cather's life and writings.

Illustration from 'The Man Who Wrote Narcissus'

New on the Willa Cather Archive.

December 2016. Willa Cather's essay about Pittsburgh composer Ethelbert Nevin, "The Man Who Wrote 'Narcissus,'" is now available on the Willa Cather Archive. This essay first appeared in the November 1900 issue of the Ladies' Home Journal.

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Short Stories & Essays. Presented as they were originally published.

The Cather Archive presents dozens of Cather's short stories and essays in their periodical form, with full images of the original publication.

Illustration from 'The Diamond Mine'

Geographic Chronology

Mapping a Writer's World: A Geographic Chronology of Willa Cather's Life.

The Geographic Chronology is an effort to research, articulate, and visualize Cather's extensive travel to help teachers, readers, and scholars better understand this travel and its effect on Cather's writing.

Novels. First editions & scholarly editions.

Eight first editions of Cather's books and five volumes of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition are presented in their entirety.

Benda illustration of Lena Lingard from My Antonia

Postcard from the Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico

Letters & Postcards. A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather: An Expanded, Digital Edition.

A searchable collection of thousands of summaries of Cather's personal correspondence.