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Willa Cather Foundation - Red Cloud Nebraska (NE)

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The Archives at the National Willa Cather Center are available for study and use by appointment. In addition to making our collections available to researchers and readers in person, we have begun to make our holding more accessible online; you can access finding aids here.  Questions regarding collection materials or its use, or to schedule a visit to the archive, should be directed to education director and archivist, Tracy Tucker, at

The archive includes:

  • Over 400 personal letters of Willa Cather
  • Approximately 2000 images (subjects: Willa Cather, Cather family friends, friends of Willa Cather, Red Cloud and Webster County)
  • A vertical file with approximately 425 articles, numerous dissertations and theses, scrapbooks (five containing contemporary articles and reviews)
  • The Cather Family Library, comprised of hundreds of volumes of books and magazines belonging to the Cather family, from the 1880s to the 1940s
  • McClure's Magazines, 1896-1912, and other serials in which Cather published 
  • Newspapers from Red Cloud (on microfilm)
    • Commercial Advertiser: May 1908 to October 1968 (64 reels)
    • Golden Belt: 1893 to 1896 (1 reel)
    • The Nation: 1892 to 1908 (4 reels)
    • Red Cloud Chief: November 1878 to November 1923 (15 reels)
  • Other Newspapers (on microfilm)
    • Pittsburgh Leader: December 1896 to December 1900 (47 reels)
    • Pittsburgh Gazette: October 1901 to January 1904 (24 reels)
  • Betty Kort Collection
  • "Swedish Mother" Recording