- The Wizard of Oz scripts
- 1938 (inclusive)Date of CollectionDate of Collection
- .10 cubic ft. (1 box)
- Collection Number
- Collection contains The Wizard of Oz screenplay drafts, outlines, and notes by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf.
- University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
- Access Restrictions
- Access Restrictions
There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
The Wizard of Oz was a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The movie was based on L. Frank Baum's children's fantasy novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The screenplay went through several writers and revisions before the final shooting. MGM hired many screenwriters including, Herman J. Mankiewicz, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf to write separate versions of the story. They completed the final draft of the script on October 8, 1938, following numerous rewrites. It was a work of many creative minds, but Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf got the writing credits.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Collection contains The Wizard of Oz screenplay drafts, outlines, and notes by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, and Edgar Allan Woolf.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Administrative InformationReturn to Top
There are no known other archival collections created at the date of processing.
This material was received from Cloud Hill Books from 2020-2021.
The collection was processed by Jamie J. Greene in May 2021.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The Wizard of Oz outline by Noel Langley, March 22, 1938Return to Top
Container(s): Box 1
The Wizard of Oz script material:Return to Top
Screenplay draft by Herman J. Mankiewicz
|March 3, 1938|
Notes, screenplay draft edits, and outline by Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Fantasy films
- Motion pictures, American
- Musical films
- Wizard of Oz films
- Langley, Noel, 1911-1980
- Mankiewicz, Herman J. (Herman Jacob), 1897-1953
- Ryerson, Florence
- Woolf, Edgar Allan
- Loew’s Incorporated
Titles within the Collection
- Wizard of Oz (Motion picture : 1939)