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History of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

In the spring of 2007, the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI created the nation's first center for the study of science fiction and fantasy author Ray Bradbury. The current Director and co-founder of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Chancellor’s Professor Jonathan Eller, enjoyed an intellectual friendship with Ray Bradbury for the last twenty-three years of the author's life. Initially, the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies was an extensive research library and small archive that accommodated visiting researchers, but its primary function was to produce a scholarly journal, The New Ray Bradbury Review, and the multi-volume scholarly edition of Ray Bradbury's stories in their earliest forms, The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury. These publishing initiatives continue today. 

The South Wall of Bradbury's officeInitial archival acquisitions began soon after the founding of the Bradbury Center, by way of periodic gifts of original Bradbury papers and books from Donn Albright, Professor (now Emeritus) of the Pratt Institute and Bradbury’s principal bibliographer for many years. In addition to these original documents and books, Albright’s close ties to Eller and the Bradbury Center led to an ongoing program of first photocopying (then eventually scanning) Albright’s significant personal Bradbury collection for “virtual” deposit in the Center. In these ways, the Center had a significant footprint of original and virtual collection archives in place prior to Ray Bradbury’s death in June 2012.

In mid-October 2013, little more than a year after Ray Bradbury’s passing, Eller supervised the initial inventory, final packing, and load-out from Bradbury's Los Angeles home; Indiana University took ownership and curatorial responsibility for Bradbury's material legacy at that time. Eventually, the collection was professionally evaluated for a combined appraisal of nearly $6.2 million. Upon delivery of this shipment to IUPUI’s School of Liberal Arts, the Bradbury Center's mission shifted to prioritize preservation and access of the collection and to develop the cultural and educational outreach that such an extensive and high-profile single-author archive could provide to local, regional, and national communities.

The Center's Mission

The mission of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is to fully document, preserve, and provide public access to its large and diverse collection of Space-Age visionary author Ray Bradbury's literary works, art, artifacts, personal office, personal library, correspondence, typescripts, manuscripts, photographs, mementoes, audiovisual materials and juvenilia; to enable visiting scholars and students to conduct research; to continue its outreach programming in the Indianapolis community, throughout Indiana, and nationally, with an emphasis on reaching high school teachers, students, and librarians; and to continue publishing the critical edition of Bradbury’s Collected Stories and our annual scholarly journal The New Ray Bradbury Review. Through the Bradbury Center, Indiana University curates and preserves the legacy of a Midwestern-born author who is also a national cultural treasure.

Who visits the Bradbury Center?

University research visitors from as far afield as Great Britain and Hawaii have studied at the Bradbury Center. English graduate interns have worked at the Center every year since 2012. Indiana Univeristy classes in Digital Storytelling, Textual Studies, and the Herron School of Art & Design have visited for lectures, and the Center regularly hosts tours for visitors from all over the world.

Staff Members

Jonathan R. Eller (B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1973; B.A., University of Maryland, 1979; M.A. (1981), Ph.D. (1985), Indiana University) is a Chancellor's Professor of English, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and Senior Textual Editor of the Institute for American Thought, a research component of Indiana University’s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI). He co-founded the Bradbury Center within the Institute for American Thought in 2007, and became the Center’s director in August 2011. He is also the general editor for The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury multi-volume series and The New Ray Bradbury Review.

In 1993 Eller retired from a twenty-year Air Force career and joined the faculty at IUPUI. Since 2000 he has edited or co-edited several limited press editions of Ray Bradbury's fiction, including The Halloween Tree (2005), Dandelion Wine (2007), and two collections of stories related to Bradbury’s publication of Fahrenheit 451 in 1953: Match to Flame (2006) and A Pleasure to Burn (2010). Eller’s most recent books include Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011) and Ray Bradbury Unbound (2014), the first two volumes of a three-volume Bradbury biography. Becoming Ray Bradbury centers on Bradbury’s early life and development as a writer through the 1953 publication of Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury Unbound continues on through the middle decades of Bradbury’s career and his rise to cultural prominence. Professor Eller also prepared and prefaced the new historical materials contained in Simon & Schuster’s 60thanniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451 (2013) and the 50th anniversary edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (2011). He is currently working on the third and final volume of his Bradbury biography.


Jason AuckermanJason Aukerman 
(B.A., Asbury College, 2004; M.B.A., Olivet Nazarene University, 2012; M.A., Indiana University, Indianapolis, 2017) is a doctoral candidate in the American Studies program at IUPUI. Jason joined the Bradbury Center staff in July 2017. He serves as Coordinator for Development and Programing, and is an Associate Faculty of English at IUPUI and an Adjunct Professor of English at Olivet Nazarene University.  He also serves a teacher-consultant for the Hoosier Writing Project. Aukerman currently plans to devote a portion of his dissertation to developing a strategic plan for the Center. 

Aukerman has taught writing and literature courses for Olivet Nazarene University since 2012 and for IUPUI since he relocated to the Indianapolis area in August 2013. From March 2016 to July 2017 he served as the Adult Services Manager for the Shelby County Public Library in addition to his teaching responsibilities. Prior to relocating to Indianapolis, he was employed by Olivet Nazarene University as the Coordinator for Planned Giving and Web Marketing Manager. 

External Consultants to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

Senior Consultant:

Phil NicholsPhil Nichols (Ph.D., University of Liverpool, 2017), Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, School of Media, Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Senior Advisor to the Bradbury Center, Nichols is an expert in Bradbury’s screenwriting and work across all media. He maintains the most comprehensive online bibliography of Bradbury’s publications at his university-hosted Bradburymedia website. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The New Ray Bradbury Review and a Consulting Editor on The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: a Critical Edition.

Additional Consultants:

Donn Albright, Professor of Communication Design, Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Professor, Associate Degree Programs, Pratt Institute (Manhattan Center). Professor Albright has been Mr. Bradbury’s principal bibliographer since the late 1970s, and maintains the largest private collection of Bradbury manuscripts, books, multimedia work, and secondary source materials. Photocopies of major manuscripts from this collection will be deposited with the Center (see section 8 for a discussion of access procedures).

S. T. Joshi (M.A., Brown University), a well-known independent scholar in the fields of Fantasy and Supernatural Literature. Joshi is a leading authority on H. P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken, and other writers, mostly in the realms of supernatural and fantasy fiction. He has edited corrected editions of the works of Lovecraft, several annotated editions of Bierce and Mencken, and has written such critical studies as The Weird Tale (1990) and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). His award-winning biography, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), was followed by I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H. P. Lovecraft, (2 volumes, 2010).  He has compiled bibliographies of H. P. Lovecraft (1981; revised 2009), Lord Dunsany (1993), Ramsey Campbell (1995), Ambrose Bierce (1999), Gore Vidal (2007), and H. L. Mencken (2009). He has also edited a major genre reference work, Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia (2005). He is collaborating with Jonathan R. Eller on a comprehensive bibliography of Ray Bradbury.

David Mogen, Professor (Emeritus) of English, Department of English, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado 80523. Professor Mogen is the author of Ray Bradbury (G.K. Hall, 1986), Twayne’s United States Author’s Series volume on the first four decades of Bradbury’s career

Phil Nichols, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, School of Media, Faculty of Arts, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Senior Advisor to the Bradbury Center, Nichols is an expert in Bradbury’s screenwriting and work across all media. He maintains the most comprehensive on-line bibliography of Bradbury’s publications at his university-hosted Bradburymedia website. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The New Ray Bradbury Review and a Consulting Editor on The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: a Critical Edition.

Robin Anne Reid, Professor of English, Department of Literature and Languages, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce TX 75429. Professor Reid is the author of Ray Bradbury (Greenwood Press, 2000). Her other publications in the Science Fiction field include a companion Greenwood Press study of Arthur C. Clarke.

Dr. Robert Woods, Professor of Great Books, Honors, and Liberal Arts, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama. He holds the PhD in Humanities from Florida State University and has done considerable research in the area of literature and culture. He has made numerous presentations, published articles, and is currently completing a book on Fahrenheit 451. Dr. Woods serves as Head of the Great Books Honors College and Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts.

 
 

Bradbury Center Advisory Board

  • Bill Briscoe, Retired Engineer, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML) Advisory Board Member and KVML Historian
  • Susan Davis, Adult Program Specialist, Indianapolis Public Library
  • Ramona Duncan-Huse, Senior Director, Conservation and Preservation Department at the Indiana Historical Society (IHS)
  • Sarah Halter, Executive Director, Indiana Medical History Museum
  • George Hanlin, Director of Grants, Indiana Humanities
  • Donna Kishbaugh, Mixed Media Arts and Writer
  • Greg Kishbaugh, Author, Editor, Publisher, Ray Bradbury Fiction Award Recipient 
  • Dr. Peter Mentzel, Sr. Fellow, Liberty Fund, Inc.
  • Professor Elee Wood, Director of Museum Studies at IU School of Liberal Arts
  • Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant, Professional Development Office at Indiana State Library

Editorial Board, The New Ray Bradbury Review

Since its inception in 2008, the Editorial Advisory Board for The New Ray Bradbury Review has consisted of Donn Albright, Jonathan R. Eller, Phil Nichols, andSarah Lawall, Professor Emerita, Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts. Professor Lawall was one of the editors of The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, 8th edition, and author of Critics of Consciousness (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1968). 

Professor Eller, who assumed general editorship of The New Ray Bradbury Review with issue 4, stepped down from the advisory board prior to the publication of that issue.

In 2015, Eller appointed Jeffrey Kahan, Professor of English, University of La Verne. Professor Kahan specializes in Shakespeare, Superhero Comic Books, the Modern Novel, Graphic Novels, and Digital Humanities.  His most recent book is Shakespiritualism: Shakespeare and the Occult, 1850-1950 (Palgrave, 2013).

Get in touch with the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies!

Phone: (317) 274-1451
Email: bradbury@iupui.edu

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm EST (appointment not necessary but preferred)

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