Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact ascref@umn.edu or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Welcome to the Oz Collection

A personal collection of Oziana, other Baum-related materials, and miscellaneous children's literature collected by Laura Jane Musser throughout her lifetime. This collection includes Oz-inspired short story manuscripts written by members of the International Wizard of Oz Club, several of that club's membership lists, annual meeting programs and menus. Scattered holdings of periodicals, such as the Ozmapolitan, the Oz Observer and the Oz Trading Post are included. There is a large file of newspaper clippings. Correspondence includes notes from Bill Eubank and Jay Delkin. Sheet music includes original 1939 Feist publications of "Over the rainbow," "I wish I had a brain," and "We're off to see the Wizard." Catalogs, calendars, coloring books, and comic books fill out this part of the collection. Non-print Oziana includes an incomplete Knowles china plate series designed by James Auckland, the Wizard of Oz collection.

Archival materials can be located in the Finding Aid for the Laura J. Musser Papers. Oz books can be found in the Library Catalog. Our location in the catalog is "TC Andersen Children's Lit." Around thirty books by L. Frank Baum (some written under the pen name Edith Van Dyne) have been digitized by the Libraries and are available to view on UMedia.

 By L. Frank Baum, pictures by John R. Neill. Reilly and Lee, 1921

The Royal Book of Oz by L. Frank Baum, pictures by John R. Neill. Reilly and Lee, 1921

 By L. Frank Baum, pictures by John R. Neill. Reilly and Lee, 1910

The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum, pictures by John R. Neill. Reilly and Lee, 1910