L. Frank Baum

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Lyman Frank Baum in 1911

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He and his wife Mrs. Maud G. Baum joined the Theosophical Society on September 4, 1892.

Periodical publications

The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer was published by L. Frank Baum from January 25, 1890 - March 21, 1891.[1] In the first issue of the paper under his editorship (before he joined the Society), he wrote about Theosophy saying:

Amongst the various sects so numerous in America today who find their fundamental basis in occultism, the Theosophist[s] stand pre-eminent both in intelligence and point of numbers.[2]

Writings for children

See also

Online resources




  1. Microfilm of this periodical is available in the John Algeo Papers, Records Series 8.12, Theosophical Society in America Archives, Wheaton, Illinois.
  2. A Notable Theosophist: L. Frank Baum by John Algeo