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Rozelle Family Collection

Identifier: SPC-2017-008

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of four series: Correspondence, Rozelle Family Genealogy, Photographs, and High School Yearbooks. The collection ranges from the late 1860s to the early 2000s.


  • 1868-2003


There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Bazil Tillson Rozelle (also known as B. T. Rozelle) was born September 13, 1864 in Anderson, IN and died September 11, 1941 in Compton, CA. In October 1891 he married Edith Owens (1867-1936), of Cincinnati, OH. In 1892 the Rozelle’s moved to California and established a ranch located partly in what is now the Los Angeles River in the Lynwood Gardens sections bordering the northeast edge of Compton. Once settled in Compton, Bazil became active in civic and church affairs in his local community. Bazil and Edith Rozelle had seven children: Walter Miles Rozelle (b.1892), William Owens Rozelle (1894-1976), Mabel Rozelle (1897-1990), Raymond Foster Rozelle (1900-1983), Elmer Donald Rozelle (1902-1988), Edwin Glen Rozelle (1906-1993), and Ralph Lincoln Rozelle (b.1909).

Raymond Foster Rozelle, and his wife Hazel, were the parents of former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle (1926-1996).


9 boxes

6.09 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The Rozelle collection, ranging from the late 1860’s to the early 2000’s contains correspondence, photographs, official documents, newspaper clippings, and genealogy information pertaining to the family of Bazil Tillson Rozelle (paternal grandparent of former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle). Other family names associated with this collection are Dr. William Owens, of Anderson IN; and Dora Whaley, of Paramount CA. Photographs include family vacations in Catalina Island circa 1890s; Compton, Paramount, and Lynwood areas circa 1890s; World War II boat christening from Terminal Island CA circa 1940s; and mink farming in southern California circa 1940s-1950s.


Arranged in four series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence, 1886-1933
  2. Series II. Rozelle Family Genealogy, 1891-2003
  3. Series III. Photographs, 1868-1956
  4. Series IV. High School Yearbooks, 1915-1923

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Mark Rozelle family with the cooperation of the Compton 125 Historical Society.

Related Materials

For related materials please consult the Catalina Island Photograph Album Collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Phillipa Rosman in 2017.

Inventory of the Rozelle Family Collection
Finding aid prepared by Phillipa Rosman
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747