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Louis Frizzell Jr. Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Louis Frizzell Jr. collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1943-1990
    Dates (bulk): 1942-1945
    Collection number: 2008.81
    Collection Size: 1 linear foot (1 box)
    Repository: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    Creator: Frizzell, Louis, Jr.
    Abstract: Louis (Lou) Frizzell Jr. was a drama teacher at Manzanar during WWII, and later a character actor in Hollywood. The collection documents Frizzell's time as a teacher at Manzanar. This collection contains photo albums, a 1943-1944 yearbook, photographs, correspondence, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and a play script.
    Physical location: Japanese American National Museum. 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


    By appointment only. Please contact the Collections Management and Access Unit (collections@janm.org). Advanced notice is required.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management and Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (collections@janm.org).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Louis Frizzell Jr. collection. 2008.81, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was acquired in 2008 as a gift of Bruce and Frances Kaji.

    Processing Information

    Items were individually catalogued by staff members when the donation was accepted. A container list and finding aid was created by Alexandra Cauley in 2019.

    Biographical Note

    Louis Frizzell Jr. was born June 10, 1920 in Missouri. He volunteered to teach at Manzanar War Relocation Center after his graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1942, and remained there until the Manzanar's closure in 1945. As musical director, Frizzell helped the students of Manzanar High School stage plays, including a play of his own composition entitled 'Loud and Clear'. Bruce Kaji and Archie Miyatake were among the students who remembered Frizzell fondly. Frizzell is the subject of the short film 'The Music Man of Manzanar', released in 2005 by Brian Tadashi Maeda. Frizzell pursued an acting career after leaving Manzanar, and portrayed himself in the film adaptation of 'Farewell to Manzanar'. He passed away on June 17, 1979, in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents Louis Frizzell Jr.'s time as a drama teacher at Manzanar. It consists of two photo albums, a yearbook, photographs, correspondence, a Manzanar Pilgrimage pamphlet, newspaper clippings, and a play script. The photos include prints of Ansel Adams photographs, photos of Frizzell's students and other staff at Manzanar (including Charles and Lois Ferguson), and others. There is a detailed list of all items in the collection linked below.


    Previous arrangement was preserved.

    Indexing Terms

    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Manzanar War Relocation Center

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