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Inventory of the Nolan Frizzelle Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • California State Assembly, 1981-1992
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nolan Frizzelle Papers
    Dates: 1981-1992
    Collection number: LP461
    Creator: Nolan Frizzelle, California Legislator
    Collection Size: 3.5 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Nolan Frizzelle served in the State Assembly from 1981 to 1992. The Nolan Frizzelle papers consist of 3.5 cubic feet of textual and photographic records and are organized into three record series: Bill Files, 1981-1992; Correspondence, 1981-1992; and Photographs, 1981-1992.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives' collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nolan Frizzelle papers, LP461:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition and Custodial History

    The California State Archives acquired the Nolan Frizzelle papers in a series of three record transfers, beginning in 1992 (Accession Numbers: 92-11-14, 95-07-19 and 95-11-20).


    Nolan Frizzelle, Republican, served in the California State Assembly from 1981 to 1992. He was elected in 1980 after defeating two-term Democratic incumbent Dennis Mangers.
    During his Assembly term he represented the 69th Assembly District, encompassing the Orange County cities of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa, Irvine, and a portion of Santa Ana.
    Frizzelle was born on October 18, 1921 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Beverly Hills High School, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. He took a temporary hiatus from college, while he served in the U.S. Marines during World War II. Frizzelle practiced optometry in Los Angeles and Newport Beach after receiving a doctoral degree in optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry.
    Frizzelle's association with the Republican Party predates his election to the California State Assembly. On March 19, 1964, Frizzelle defeated Vernon Davis of Fresno for president of the California Republican Assembly, a volunteer political organization. Under Frizzelle’s leadership, the California Republican Assembly supported Barry Goldwater as Republican Presidential Candidate. During the 1964 Republican National Convention, he served as one of California’s delegates. Later, he served on the California Republican Central Committee, the Los Angeles County Republican Committee, and the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly. Frizzelle passed away on January 31, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Ina, and six children.
    As a member in the State Assembly, Frizzelle's legislative interests were varied and included business growth, opposition to gun control laws, healthcare, public employee retirement, and public safety. He also authored numerous bills related to toll roads, providing the legislative framework that established pay-as-you-drive roads in Orange County and Riverside County.
    During his term in the California Legislature, Frizzelle served on the following committees according to the California Legislature at Sacramento (Handbooks), Assembly Final History, and Pocket Directory of the California Legislature.

    California State Assembly, 1981-1992

    • Standing Committees
    • Education, 1991-1992
    • Governmental Organization, 1981-1982, 1985-1992
    • Health, 1983-1986
    • Labor and Employment, 1981-1982
    • *Vice Chair, 1981-1982
    • Natural Resources, 1989-1992
    • Public Employees and Retirement, 1983-1984
    • Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security, 1986-1988
    • Public Safety, 1985-1986
    • Revenue and Tax, 1987-1988
    • Transportation, 1981-1986
    • *Vice Chair, 1985-1986
    • Utilities and Commerce, 1983-1984, 1989-1990
    • Ways and Means, 1981-1982, 1989-1992
    • Subcommittees
    • Agricultural Labor Relations (Labor and Employment), 1981-1982
    • Child Labor (Labor and Employment), 1981-1982
    • Health Personnel (Health), 1985-1986
    • *Chair, 1985-1986
    • Health and Human Services (Health), 1991-1992
    • Health and Welfare, No. 1 (Ways and Means), 1981-1982, 1989-1990
    • Select Committee
    • California Youth, 1981-1982
    • Joint Committees
    • Legislative Audit, 1989-1992
    • Legislative Retirement, 1983-1984
    • State’s Economy, 1983-1990

    Scope and Content

    The Nolan Frizzelle papers consist of 3.5 cubic feet of textual and photographic records covering the years from 1981 to 1992. The records are organized into three record series: Bill Files, 1981-1992; Correspondence, 1981-1992; and Photographs, 1981-1992.
    The Bill Files series encompasses the bulk of his collection, covering such subjects as the accountability of child welfare services (AB1837, 1989-1990; AB2394, 1991-1992), long-term healthcare (AB 977, 1985-1986), Medi-Cal regulations (AB2807, 1981-1982; AB3053, 1985-1986), senior care (AB519, 1987-1988; AB663, 1987-1988; AB3845, 1987-1988), public employees and retirement (AB3332, 1981-1982; AB763, 1987-1988; AB3503, 1991-1992), and transportation (AB1058, 1987-1988).
    The Correspondence series contains materials reflecting upon Frizzelle’s political activities during his tenure with the California State legislature. Notable subjects discussed in the correspondence include governmental organization, child welfare, public employees and retirement, senior healthcare, and transportation.


    No further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Frizzelle, Nolan
    California. Public Employees' Retirement System
    Child welfare - California
    Transportation - California
    California. Legislature. Assembly. Health Committee