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.

New on the Willa Cather Archive.

January 16, 2018. The first installment of the multi-year publication of The Complete Letters of Willa Cather is now available! There are 428 letters published in this installment, featuring correspondence with twenty-nine different people from four different repositories. 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 plan to have approximately 1,500 letters published and available by the fall of 2018, with the rest appearing online by 2021. Check back monthly for new letters, and follow the project on Twitter, @HastilyCather.

Photograph of Cather letters

Illustration from 'The Song of the Lark'

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!

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