Elizabeth Chater earned her B.A. in English from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. from SDSU. She began teaching creative and science fiction writing at San Diego State University in 1963. During her tenure at SDSU, Chater was nominated for and received an Outstanding Professor Award, and wrote and published numerous articles, stories, and poems. Chater was eventually named Emeritus Professor of English at SDSU.
In 1977, Chater began donating her collection of science fiction and fantasy books to the university. Her original donation consisted of 2,300 items and the collection has grown to over 4,000 today. It includes a number of rare first editions and signed books, cassette tapes, clippings, figurines, and posters.
The Fantastic in Literature (November 12, 1976)
In this talk given to the Friends of the Library, Elizabeth Chater discusses her passion for science fiction and teaching. (Introduction given by unidentified woman.)
Image credit: Professor Elizabeth Chater in 1968, University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections & University Archives.
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