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), Friends World Council for Consultation (FWCC), and the American Friends Service Committee. 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.
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: Stories of the Quakers in Alaska.