Hi Kelsey: I may not be able to help you with the *Courier,* except to second Matt’s suggestion regarding trying to obtain the original microfilm. But you might be interested, judging by the column you sent, to know about a young African American woman from Pittsburgh during that era named, as I remember, Willa Cather White. I sent a scan of her picture and the caption to James or Tim last year, I think. I did a little bit of digging and found some more info about her. Would you like me to dig through my paper files at the office and send that material to you? I don’t think I’m the only one who is intrigued at the idea of a person of color at that time being named Willa Cather White!


Best wishes,




Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier

Isaacson Professor

Department of English

University of Nebraska at Omaha

6001 Dodge St.

Omaha, NE  68182-0175

(402) 554-3319


From: 5 Bank Street: The Listserv for Willa Cather Scholars <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Kelsey Squire
Sent: Sunday, September 01, 2019 2:43 PM
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Subject: [5BANKSTREET] Pittsburgh Courier


Hello 5 Bank Street,


I was looking through book reviews of Willa Cather, and I found an interesting but brief mention of A Lost Lady in the Pittsburgh Courier; unfortunately, the digital copy (from ProQuest Historical Newspapers – Black Newspapers) is almost impossible to read. If anyone has access to a different digital copy, would you send it my way ([log in to unmask])? I think I can make do with what I have, so no need to go to great lengths, but I was curious if a better copy is out there. I’ll attach both the individual column and the full page. The mention of A Lost Lady is in the 3rd paragraph of the review from the bottom. Thanks.