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Thompson (Ruth Plumly) Speedy in Oz Papers
BASC 10  
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  • Title: Ruth Plumly Thompson Speedy in Oz Papers
    Date: 1934
    Identifier/Call Number: BASC 10
    Creator: Thompson, Ruth Plumly, 1891-1976
    Creator: Neill, John R. (John Rea)
    Physical Description: 2 folders
    Contributing Institution: Book Arts & Special Collections
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored on site.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research and is available for use during Book Arts & Special Collections hours.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item/Title of folder], Ruth Plumly Thompson Speedy in Oz Papers (BASC 10), Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library.


    The manuscript was transferred from the San Francisco Public Library's Children's Department in or after 1993.

    Biographical Note

    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 for the 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.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of the typed manuscript for the children's book Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson. The manuscript contains markings as well as pencil sketches of accompanying illustrations by John R. Neill.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Fantasy fiction
    Illustrated children's books
    Illustration of books -- Juvenile literature
    Illustrators -- Juvenile literature.
    Juvenile fiction
    Oz (Imaginary place) -- Juvenile fiction
    Oz (Imaginary place) -- Fiction
    Women authors -- Juvenile literature
    Thompson, Ruth Plumly, 1891-1976
    Neill, John R. (John Rea)
    Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank), 1856-1919