The International Wizard of Oz Club, founded in 1957 by a 13-year-old boy, attracts all kinds of Oz fans. Individually we started with W. W. Denslow, Oz ornaments, Return to Oz, or Oz comics. We might be focused on original writing or original Munchkins, or Oz with mermaids and Muppets and Wicked (oh, my!). But together we find that there’s room for all in that two-letter name. So we orbit the single common component of Oz as the International Wizard of Oz Club.
Our early years focused primarily on the series of Oz books written by L. Frank Baum and his successors. But the extraordinary appeal of the 1939 MGM film based on The Wizard of Oz has added countless members to our group through the years–shaping and influencing our collective interests along the way. Most Oz fans quickly become Oz collectors. Books, dolls, autographs, housewares…so much Oz to find and enjoy! The Club is a perfect place to spread word of vintage finds and forthcoming treasures.
We are organized as a 501(c)(3) educational organization with a formal structure, board, and by-laws. We have an office, an inventory of publications for sale, and a growing archive of artwork and research material.
But at heart we remain a diverse lot of Oz fans sharing our enthusiasm for America’s favorite fairyland through our journal, The Baum Bugle; annual meetings; and publications.