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​Arts, Architecture & Literature in Special Collections

This guide offers brief descriptions of relevant art, architecture, and literature collections. Links are provided whenever online inventories exist.

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Teaching with Primary Source Materials

Our collections exist to be used. When students work directly with primary source materials, historic photographs, and documents that are old or unique, they discover an excitement and passion not generated by textbooks.

Primary source documents can inspire, but they also teach about learning to verify sources, tracking down connections, finding evidence from content and from physical clues.

For specific questions, contact our Instruction Program Coordinator Jennifer O'Neal, University Historian and Archivist.

Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Fantasy Collections in SCUA Collections

Special Collections and University Archives collects in the topical areas Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction, including personal and professional correspondence, literary manuscripts, publicity, reviews, and published works of authors of science fiction. Particular emphasis is placed on women writers of speculative fiction, such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Joana Russ, and Kate Wilhelm.

Elgin, Suzette Haden Papers

Call number: Coll. 307

Size: 6.0 linear feet (11 containers)

Summary: Suzette Haden Elgin (November 19, 1936-) is known for her extensive scholarly work in linguistics, the development of a feminist language called Láadan, and numerous publications in science fiction and other genres. The collection includes original Láadan materials, correspondence, publications, academic work, biographical information, music, plays, poems, original artwork, and audiovisual recordings all pertaining to her life as a scholar and an artist in many mediums.


Elliott, Kate Papers (Alis Rasmussen) (unprocessed)

Call number: 04-014

Size: approximately 33 linear feet.

Summary: Kate Elliott is the pen name for fantasy and science fiction writer Alis Rasmussen, a native of Oregon. Rasmussen has written over twenty novels and numerous short stories. The collection includes literary manuscripts and author’s notes.


Gearhart, Sally Papers

Call number: Coll. 305

Size: 6.25 linear feet (16 containers)

Summary: Sally Miller Gearhart (April 15, 1931- ) is a scholar of speech, communication, and drama; a civil rights activist; and a writer of novels, short stories, and essays that deal with lesbianism, feminist rhetoric, homosexuality and religion, and gay rights. The collection includes correspondence, academic works, literary works, reviews of literary work, biographical information, photographs, video recordings, audiotapes, and artifacts.


Gloss, Molly Papers

Call number: Coll. 269

Size: 7.0 linear feet (19 containers)

Summary: Collection comprises the papers of American author Molly Gloss, including notes, planning documents, research materials, and drafts of novels, short stories, book reviews, and essays written between 1979 and 2003. The collection includes examples of her work in several genres, including young adult fantasy literature, Outside the Gates (1986); western fiction, The Jump-Off Creek (1989); adventure fiction, Wild Life: A Novel (2000); and science fiction, The Dazzle of Day, “Interlocking Pieces” and “Lambing Season.”


Knight, Damon Papers (in process)

Call number: Coll. 340

Size: approximately 50 linear feet

Summary: Damon Knight was a science fiction writer, editor, criti, and the founder of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The collection includes literary manuscripts, galley proofs, correspondence, and publications.


Le Guin, Ursula K. Papers (limited access)

Call number: Coll. 270

Size: 54.75 linear ft. (112 containers)

Summary: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- ) is a writer. Although perhaps best known for fantasy and science fiction novels such as The Earthsea Trilogy and the Hugo and Nebula award-winning The Left Hand of Darkness, Le Guin’s work eschews any narrow generic categorization. The Ursula K. Le Guin Papers include correspondence, literary manuscripts, audiotapes, interviews, and photographs, which reflect her life and career.


Marks, Laurie Papers (unprocessed)

Size: approximately 12 linear feet

Summary: Collection constitutes literary manuscripts of several of Marks’ books.


Russ, Joanna Papers

Call number: Coll. 261

Size: 7.25 linear feet (15 containers)

Summary: (1937- 2011) was a feminist, educator, author and literary critic. The collection includes correspondence and literary manuscripts. Russ maintained an extensive correspondence with many U.S. and English feminist writers and theorists of the late twentieth century The basis of most of the friendships was the ongoing literary work and emerging feminist radicalism in which the correspondents were engaged in one form or another .Included among the correspondents are Samuel Delaney, Marilyn Hacker, Susan Koppelman, Marge Piercy, and Suzy McKee Charnas. Often ebullient, thought provoking, rueful and instructive, the correspondence as a whole offers a complex view of a particular historical moment in the letters of women and men who were deeply involved in evolution of feminist thought and/or the possibilities of imagination in science fiction writing.


Salmonson, Jessica Papers (unprocessed)

Size: approximately 11.5 linear feet.

Summary: Collection constitutes literary manuscripts of several of Salmonson’s books.


Wilhelm, Kate Papers (unprocessed)

Size: approximately 17 linear feet.

Summary: Kate Wilhelm (1928 - ) is a writer of science fiction and crime fiction. The collection includes literary manuscripts and correspondence.

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Preferred Citation Format for SCUA Materials

[Identification of item], Date (if known), Collection Title, Collection Number, Box and Folder number [or photo ID number], Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Mission | Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives is the primary repository for the University of Oregon’s archives, rare books, historic photographs, and one of the largest historical manuscripts collections in the Pacific Northwest. Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and make available a clearly defined set of primary sources and rare books, reflecting the written, visual, and audio history and culture of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and selected aspects of American and world history. Our diverse collections support all types of research, from K–12 education to international scholarship. We strive to play an active and creative role in the teaching, research, and service missions of the University.

Historical Collection Strengths

  • Oregon history, politics, culture
  • Authors and illustrators of children’s books
  • The conservative and libertarian movement in the last half of the twentieth century
  • Popular literature, with an emphasis on Western fiction
  • Missionaries to foreign countries, especially in the Far East
  • Labor History
  • Journalism and Communications
  • Photographs of the Northwest, including the Major Lee Moorhouse and Angelus Studio collections
  • Environmental history
  • Northwest literature, including fiction by Ken Kesey, Damon Knight, Kate Wilhelm, Ursula K. Le Guin, Molly Gloss, and William Stafford
  • Doris Ulmann photograph archives of Appalachia
  • Utopian and intentional communities
  • Northwest architecture
  • Northwest economic history
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