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Moritz (William) and Harry Frazier collection
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Personal papers, motion picture history files, photographs, film, video, audiotape, artworks, posters, clothing, and memorabilia, 1902-2007, from film professor and animator William Moritz and actor Harry Frazier. Moritz and Frazier were friends and collaborators on several short films and other creative projects throughout the 1970s-1990s, some of which documented bohemian and hippie gay communities in Los Angeles, as well as the Radical Faeries. Moritz is best known for his expertise on animation and experimental film. However, the majority of this collection documents his other work and interests, including poetry, film history, and the gay liberation movement. The collection also includes personal papers from "Buddha" John Parker and Robert Opel, famous for streaking on stage at the 1974 Academy Awards.
Excerpted from the William Moritz biography on the Center for Visual Music website, http://www.centerforvisualmusic.org/Moritz.htm#bio (accessed June 9, 2014):Harry Frazier, born on July 30, 1929 in Elk County, Pennsylvania, was an actor in Los Angeles, whose white beard landed him numerous film and television roles playing Santa Claus. Beginning in the 1960s, Frazier worked regularly in local Shakespeare companies throughout Southern California, including Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga. He also worked as a character actor mostly in television, with guest starring roles on Batman, Cheers, Hill Street Blues, as well as TV movies such as The Elf Who Saved Christmas and its sequal The Elf and the Magic Key.
17.6 Linear Feet 3 archive boxes, 6 archive cartons, 3 binder boxes, 6 flat archive boxes, 1 mapcase drawer.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is open to researchers. The original films in this collection are deposited in conjunction with the Outfest Legacy Project at the UCLA Film and Television Archive. Advance notice is required for researchers wishing to access these materials.