George Fox University Archives

Roberts (Arthur O.) Papers Edit


MS 04
Finding Aid Author
Zoie Clark
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  • 1894-2010 (Creation)


  • 22.5 Cubic Feet (Whole)

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  • Summary

    Arthur O. Roberts (1922-2016) was a prolific Quaker writer who spent many years on the faculty of George Fox College (now George Fox University). This collection consists of a variety of materials including correspondence, writings, research materials, planning documents, lecture and curriculum notes, and manuscripts (literary).

  • Content description

    This collection consists of a variety of materials including correspondence, addresses, membership lists, sermons, writings, research materials, newsletters, clippings, playscripts, music scores, annual reports, planning documents, lecture and curriculum notes, manuscripts (literary). There are some biographical writings, including his publication, The Automobile as Icon: autobiographical reflections (1986). Interspersed within are audio cassettes of sermons and lectures, reel-to-reel tapes, some microfilm, and photographs. There is a collection of original diaries and correspondence of John Frederick Hanson that provided research for Dr. Roberts' article about Hanson. There is also an extensive collection of copied materials from original documents relating to the Friends in Alaska, used by Dr. Roberts in preparation for his book, Tomorrow is Growing Old about Quakers in Alaska.

  • Restrictions on access

    Collection is available for research.

  • Biographical Note

    Arthur O. Roberts (1922-) is a prolific Quaker writer who spent many years on the faculty of George Fox College (now George Fox University) after receiving his doctorate from Boston University in 1953. While at the college he was instrumental in researching Quaker historical themes and developing the George Fox College Peace Center. Some of his writings include Tomorrow Is Growing Old: Stories of the Quakers in Alaska; Through Flaming Sword: The Life and Legacy of George Fox and Children of the Light: A Christian Musical based on the journal of George Fox. During his many years of professorship at George Fox, Dr. Roberts also participated in the Quaker Theological Discussion Group, Quakers Uniting in Publications (QUIP), and the Friends World Council for Consultation (FWCC). He contributes significantly to several publications about Quaker concerns. His relationship with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends is deep, particularly with the formation of such programs as the Chicano Ministries (Mexican-American ministries) and Elder Hostel at Tilikum, a retreat center that is affiliated with the university.

  • Accruals

    Additions to the collection are expected.

  • Source

    Arthur O. Roberts

  • Conditions Governing Use

    George Fox University owns the copyright to some, but not all, of the materials housed in its archives. Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of George Fox University is retained by George Fox University and requires its permission for publication. Copyright status for other collection materials varies. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.