The collection consists of diverse works in science fiction and fantasy, representing some of the best writers from the twentieth century. It is an appropriate addition to the Oregon Tech library, because the vision and insights offered by science fiction and fantasy can be the engineering marvels (see Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and others) and the humanitarian dreams (see Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and C.L. Moore) of tomorrow. We thank Rosemarie Arbur for her generosity in providing these materials. She has also contributed to our American literature and feminism collections, deposited elsewhere in the library.
Dr. Rosemarie Arbur, who donated the collection, taught American literature, feminism, and science fiction and fantasy courses at Lehigh University from 1972 becoming a professor emerita of English in 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Nazareth College in 1966, a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois in 1967 and a Ph.D. from the same university in 1972.
Her major contributions to science fiction and fantasy are critical essays and bibliographies on the major women writers of these genres: Leigh Brackett, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, and Marion Zimmer Bradley.