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Ray Bradbury Museum

The Bradbury artifacts gifted in 2013 include his original office furniture and equipment, as well as three of his typewriters used over a forty-year period; many significant national and international awards, mementoes, and other artifacts from his personal office; significant art by noted illustrators, by various writers, Hollywood figures, and by NASA artists; hundreds of his author’s copies of the major market magazines where his work was published; and a large collection of Bradbury publications including first editions, foreign language editions, and rare editions, many signed by Bradbury. Below is an outline of those holdings that make up the Center's "Ray Bradbury Musuem."

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An eclectic mix of Bradbury’s mementos, awards, signed photographs from famous figures, childhood scrapbooks, gifts from Hollywood and government organizations, space program awards, and many more artifacts from a long and busy life.

Highlights:

  • Bradbury’s IBM typewriter, office desk, and desk chair
  • A number of national awards including the author’s Emmy awards, National Book Award, and National Medal of Arts
  • Stationery, paint sets, and sketches
  • A “Mars” flag that rode in the Space Shuttle Discovery on its 2006 trip to and from the International Space Station
  • Gifts related to NASA missions such as the Viking Mars landers, the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rovers, and the Challenger Center
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Bradbury’s poetic and evocative fiction inspired generations of visual artists, and the Center is home to many of the paintings, sketches, illustrations, photographs, and even sculptures gifted to Bradbury by his inspired professional artists, readers, and fans. The Center also houses some of Bradbury’s own sketches and high-resolution facsimiles of his own art.

Highlights:

  • Concept art by Robert McCall (proofs)
  • Dough Wildey’s graphic adaptation of “Mars is Heaven”
  • A replica of the Nautilus from Jules Vern’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, sculpted by the Disney Imagineers and gifted to Bradbury in the 1960s
  • A model dinosaur, inspired by Windsor McKay’s “Gerty the Dinosaur” cartoons
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All those volumes from the shelves of Bradbury’s Los Angeles home office, which surrounded and stimulated Bradbury throughout the majority of his career.

Highlights:

  • Numerous first editions, including a well-preserved copy of The Thin Man
  • Volumes of Melville criticism consulted by Bradbury after his work on the screenplay for Moby Dick
  • Early “graphic novels” Milt Gross’s He Done Her Wrong and Lynd Ward’s Vertigo
  • A Buck Rogers “Little Big Book,” circa 1930s
  • Bradbury inscribed and dated copies of many American and British works of literature that he acquired and read throughout his career
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Bradbury’s author’s stock of his own books, including many signed and limited special editions and hundreds of foreign language editions from many lands.

Highlights:

  • Asbestos bound Fahrenheit 451
  • Signed copies of limited edition printings
  • The Danish first edition of Fahrenheit, rendered as 233 Celsius

Ray Bradbury Archive

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies curates one of the larger single-author collections in the United States. The papers and books gifted in 2013 include more than 100,000 pages of published and unpublished literary works stored in thirty-one of the author’s filing cabinets; forty years of his personal and professional correspondence (an additional 10,000 pages); author’s copies of his books, including extensive foreign language editions, and his working library (a combined 4000 volumes). The broader collection of papers includes manuscripts, typescripts, screenplay and teleplay drafts, story concepts, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks with original drawings and printed comic strips from his youth, and ephemera he collected documenting his travels. Yet another 10,000 pages of papers and writings that never made it into his filing cabinets have also now been sorted into rough categories in preparation for preservation and accessioning efforts. Below is an outline of those holdings that make up the Center's "Ray Bradbury Archive."

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The Center is home to research copies of Bradbury’s published works, including successive editions and the various reprintings and issues within each edition. This extensive holding also includes many foreign editions of Bradbury’s works, representing over twenty international languages. The Center updates its holdings as new editions are released.

Highlights:

  • A rare 1967 edition of Fahrenheit 451
  • Newly published Egyptian, Armenian, and Tamil language editions of Bradbury’s works
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Including manuscripts, typescripts, teleplays, screenplays, and correspondence, the archive of Bradbury’s papers (approximately 110,000 pages) makes up the bulk of the Center’s archival collections.

Highlights:

  • Drafts and notes for his award-winning Life Magazine essays on the American space program
  • Intermediate and final drafts of novels from the second half of his career, including Graveyard for Lunatics, From the Dust Returned, and Green Shadows, White Whale
  • Extensive files of original letters from thousands of Bradbury’s correspondents from the period 1969 to the end of his life in 2012
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The Center’s copies of Bradbury’s audiovisual interviews and public appearances offer valuable insights into the author’s personal and creative life. Many of these analog audio and video artifacts have been digitized. The Center maintains the capability to view and listen to both the analog and digital versions on site.

Highlights:

  • Interviews with Hollywood figures involved with science fiction film history, such as Gene Roddenberry, director Irv Kirchner, and Gary Kurtz
  • A series of interviews between Don Congdon, Bradbury’s agent, and Bradbury conducted during the middle period of the author’s life
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The films, television shows, and stage plays adapted by Bradbury and other writers from Bradbury works. Many formats are represented, including film production reels, Betamax, VHS, DVD, and BlueRay. The film and analog original recordings are in the process of being digitized through an Indiana University initiative. Playback equipment available.

Highlights:

  • Bradbury’s copies of 16mm program reels from episodes of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour adapted from his work
  • A 35mm master reel of Quest, a film adopted from Bradbury’s story “Frost and Fire” by filmmaker and graphic artist Saul Bass
  • Approval tape copies of various Bradbury films, including an early version of Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Rough-cuts and approval copies of the Ray Bradbury Theater television episodes

Genre Research and Reference Library

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies' archives include a large research/reference collection of genre publications, including novels and short story collections, pulp genre magazines, anthologies, and iconographic studies. Together, these collections form a large reference library dedicated to the broader study of science, horror, fantasy, and crime fiction. Below is an outline of this library.

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A wide range of titles in the traditions of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction by nineteenth and twentieth-century American, British, and Continental authors.

Highlights:

  • Some of the first science fiction hardbound and paperback anthologies, including The Pocket Book of Science Fiction, edited by Donald Wollheim (1943)
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Scholarly monographs and essay collections focused on the genres in which Ray Bradbury wrote, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction; an invaluable resource for the student of genre fiction.

Highlights:

  • The work of Darko Suvin, Alexei Panshin, and Mike Ashley
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Includes genre-defining and genre-crossing films and television shows in the tradition of science fiction, horror, and fantasy. The bulk of the collection is made up of DVDs, but VHS, Betamax, and reel formats also represented. Playback equipment available.

Highlights:

  • Special issue of the dramatized Dune
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One of the largest repositories for pulp magazines in the Midwest, the pulp and genre collection at the CRBS preserves the legacy of detective, Western, weird, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Covers the years between 1914 and the 1990s. Of the approximately 1,850 magazines in the collection, 1,600 were Bradbury’s personal copies.

Highlights:

  • Astounding Science Fiction, complete run from 1938-1940
  • Copies of Buffalo Bill Weekly (the forerunner of Western Magazine), circa 1914
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A selection of high-quality, bound reproductions of the paintings, illustrations, and images from science fiction, fantasy, and horror visual artists.

Highlights:

  • Multiple collections of the animation work of Ray Harryhausen