The collection contains the typed manuscript for the children's book
Speedy in Oz
by Ruth Plumly Thompson, adorned by sketches of accompanying illustrations by John R. Neill.
Ruth Plumly Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 27, 1891. She began her writing career in 1914 writing
a weekly children's column
Philadelphia Public Ledger.
She is best known for continuing the famous Oz series after the original author L. Frank Baum's death in 1919. Between 1921
and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. They were all illustrated by John R. Neill, who had also illustrated Baum's Oz books,
except for the first one,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Thompson stopped writing Oz books in 1939 and Neill took over, writing three until his death in 1942.
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Francisco Public Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
materials must be submitted in writing to Book Arts & Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items. The copyright for
Speedy in Oz
will enter public domain in 2030.
Collection is open for research and is available for use during Book Arts & Special Collections hours.