Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Marion & Lorne W. Bell Papers
View entire collection guide What's This?
Search this collection
Collection Overview
Table of contents What's This?
This collection contains the materials collected and created primarily by Marion Bell, dating from 1942 to 1978. The contents are primarily watercolor paintings and woodblock prints of the Topaz Relocation Center, as well as a diary, articles, ration books, and books.
Marion and Lorne W. Bell lived in the Los Angeles area before World War II, and were sent to be administrators at Topaz Relocation Center from September, 1942 to October, 1943. Marion was born February 7, 1900 or 1901 in California, and died September 21, 1992 in Claremont, California. Lorne W. Bell was born in Michigan to Canadian parents, on July 16, 1901, and died in Los Angeles on March 14, 1984. Before Topaz, Lorne worked in various jobs in Los Angeles including a fitter at a ship yard in the 1920s, and later a secretary and administrator at the YMCA until the early 1940s. The Bells had two children, Barbara and Lorne W. Jr.
.4 linear feet (1 box)
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).
By appointment only. Please contact the Collections Management and Access Unit (collections@janm.org). Advanced notice is required.