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Special Collections: Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Manuscripts

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Today marks what would have been author Ray Bradbury’s 92nd birthday if he had not passed away this past June.

Did you know that the Pollak Library’s University Archives and Special Collections is home to the manuscripts for Bradbury’s classic novel, Fahrenheit 451, first published in 1953? We own the original manuscripts for the novel, as well for the short story “The Fireman”, from which Fahrenheit 451 originated.

Fahrenheit 451 Original Manuscript
Corrections made to the typescript in Bradbury’s own hand.

The Pollak Library acquired this collection directly from Bradbury, who was close friends with Dr. Willis E. McNelly — a former Cal State Fullerton Professor of English and Comparative Literature. You can request to view this collection, along with other notable works from our larger Science Fiction Collection, by visiting the University Archives and Special Collections during open office hours (Monday & Tuesday 1pm-4p, Wednesday – Friday 9am-12pm), or by making an appointment with our Special Collections Librarian:

Sharon Perry
Special Collections Librarian
(657) 278-3444.


  1. Angelica

    Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite classic novels! It was exciting to know that CSUF has the original manuscripts. I will definitely visit the library to see it!

    September 16, 2012
  2. It would be interesting to know how the manuscript arrived at Pollak, was it gifted or purchased? Are there any other developmental notes with the manuscript, or correspondence with the publisher over the final version?

    February 2, 2018

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