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.

The Complete Letters of Willa Cather

October 17, 2018. There are now 1000 letters available in our major ongoing project, The Complete Letters of Willa Cather. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and support from the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we began publication of these letters in January 2018. Currently, we have letters to 90 different recipients, spanning most of Cather's lifetime, available online. Follow along with the project on Twitter, @HastilyCather.

Photograph of Cather letters

New on the Willa Cather Archive.

October 2018. Willa Cather's critical essay "A New World Novelist in Europe: The Rapidly Widening Fame of Martin Nexö in Modern Literature" is now available on the Willa Cather Archive. Melissa Homestead recently uncovered this previously unrecorded essay published in the July 1920 issue of Vanity Fair. Read more about this in Homestead's article "Willa Cather on a 'New World Novelist': A Newly Discovered 1920 Vanity Fair," which appeared in the Winter 2018 American Literary Realism, Volume 50, Number 2.

Photograph of Martin Anderson Nexo

Cover of Cather Studies Volume 10

May 2018. The full text of Cather Studies Volume 10 is now available on the Willa Cather Archive. Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century was edited by Anne L. Kaufman and Richard H. Millington and published by the University of Nebraska Press. Enjoy the many wonderful essays by an assortment of Cather scholars.


February 2017. The full text of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition of The Song of the Lark is now available on the Willa Cather Archive. This edition includes extensive explanatory notes, a historical essay, and a textual essay outlining the publication history of the novel, as well as other resources. Enjoy!

Illustration from 'The Song of the Lark'

January 2017. The Willa Cather Archive has added a bibliography of all of Cather's book-length publications, including her novels and various collections. From this index, users can access publication information for each work, as well as all related material currently available on the Cather Archive. The navigation for the site has changed slightly due to this addition. We hope you find these changes useful in your continued study of Willa Cather's works.


Illustration from 'The Man Who Wrote Narcissus'

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.



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