Arbur Collection

Arbur Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection

The Oregon Tech library houses the Arbur Fantasy and Science fiction collection in room 111 of the main library.

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 her 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 ArburDr. 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.

Rosemarie and her husband currently live in Klamath Falls, having moved from a 40-acre ranch near Bonanza to which they retired in 1999. Since then she has updated her long-time interest in photography to digital (you can view her photographs on the Dimpled Spider Outrageous Designs web site).

NOTE: Room LRC-110, where the Arbur Collection is housed, is available for individual and quiet study to all who may want to use it for that purpose. Check with the Library Access Services staff to gain entry.

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Last updated March 2012

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