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Andersen Library

April 24, 2014
8:30am - 7:00pm

Oz Collection

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. A game, a collection of pins, and a paper tablecloth and napkins also make up this part of the collection.


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

The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum, pictures by Evelyn Copelman
Grosset & Dunlap, 1956


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

The non-Baum related materials include ca.100 issues of Marge's Little Lulu and Tubby comic books. Scattered issues of John Martin's book, The family Circle, the American Book Collector, and Life are included. An incomplete set (seven of eight) Limoges china plates, Alice au pays des mervielles, by artist Sandy Nightingale, fifteen posters on race by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings on such topics as children's issues, trains and Hawaii complete the collection.

These books were scanned as part of the University of Maryland's International Children's Digital Library project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The originals are available to the public in Andersen Library. To make an appointment, please email asc-clrc@umn.edu.