In 1900, L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published and no one could have dreamed that the story would grow to become the massive success that we know and love today. This week in 1939 the movie The Wizard of Oz, based on Mr. Baum’s book, appeared in theaters across the country. As we celebrate its anniversary, let’s take a look at all the great Oz-related resources available through our Reference department.
- St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture has a great entry on The Wizard of Oz, discussing the history, songs, myths and memorabilia related to the movie.
- The biography of Judy Garland discusses the actress who played Dorothy (shown right, with the Wicked Witch) in the movie.
- The Wiz is the 1975 Broadway musical based on The Wizard of Oz that starred Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Lena Horne, and Richard Pryor.
- The history and career of L. Frank Baum are discussed in his biography provided by Artemis Literary Sources.
- The Gale Directory Library tells how you can become a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club (IWOC).
- Videohound's Golden Movie Retriever gives details of the movie, The Wizard of Oz.
- This news article talks about a fan who offered a million dollar reward to help find Dorothy's ruby slippers that were stolen from a Minnesota museum.
- The Washington Post published a review of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 when the book was first published.
I hope you enjoyed revisiting the wonderful history of Oz. Be sure to check with the Reference department any time you want to dig into something. And you won't even have to click your heels three times!