A vast trove of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia that science fiction-fantasy writer Ray Bradbury amassed during his more than 70-year career is headed into a yearslong undertaking to sort and preserve his legacy for the ages.
The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis has landed a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning how to preserve the mammoth collection.
The nearly 30,000 pounds of material includes unpublished works, space-age memorabilia and 120,000 pages of documents. Much of it was donated by “The Martian Chronicles” author’s family and his principal bibliographer following Bradbury’s death in 2012 at age 91.
Center director Jonathan Eller calls it a “national treasure” that will take years and more funding to sort, categorize and digitize.