Science fiction writer Octavia Butler wrote her fantasy stories using this typewriter.
Octavia Butler was the first African American women to gain national recognition as a science fiction writer. In 1979 she wrote her first novel, "Kindred," a time travel novel in which a contemporary African American woman is transported back to slavery. She was one of the first science fiction writers to examine race and gender in her work. In 1995 Butler became the first science fiction writer to receive the coveted "Genius" Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This artifact was included in the exhibition, "All the Stories Are True: African American Writers Speak," held at the Anacostia Community Museum, from June-December 2004.