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Louis D. Walz Collection

Identifier: nnhc-ldw

Scope and Contents

This collection contains news clippings, programs, and correspondence related to Louis D. Walz’s work as the band director at Lake View High School; letters from former students, many of who wrote while serving in World War II; and photographs. The photographs mostly depict students in the marching band at Lake View High. There are also a small number of photographs of other local musical groups, Walz’s family, and a gathering held in his honor at Hild Regional Library in 1982.


  • 1928 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Louis D. Walz directed the Lake View High School Band from 1928 until his retirement in 1961. During his long tenure as band conductor, the Lake View High School band won numerous awards and trophies, and Walz developed long-lasting friendships with many of his students.

Walz was born in 1897 and attended Western Springs Military Academy and Vander Cook College of Music. In 1917 he enlisted in the Army Band, where he played coronet, was an assistant conductor, and studied in Paris after the signing of the armistice. After the war, he taught music and conducted and played in bands with numerous different groups, including the American Legion Continental Bank post band, Mark Nathans Orphan Home, and the American Conservatory of Music.

Louis D. Walz was married to Lucille Bredlow. They had one daughter, Marjorie. He died on June 7, 1985 in Chicago.


2 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes and 194 photos)

Language of Materials



Louis D. Walz directed the Lake View High School Band from 1928 until his retirement in 1961. The collection includes photographs of student musical activities at Lake View High; letters from former students serving in World War II; and programs, clippings, and correspondence related to Walz’s work at Lake View High.


The collection is arranged in three series:

Series 1: General Historical Files, 1928-1971

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1951

Series 3: Photographs, 1928-1982

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Louis D. Walz donated the majority of the collection in 1982. Additional material was donated by his daughter Marjorie Walz after his death in 1986.

Related Materials

Lake View High School Collection

Guide to the Louis D. Walz.Collection
Manuscript material processed by Robert Marshall, 1982. Photographs processed by Becky Haglund, 1984. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Allyson Smally, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northside Neighborhood History Collection Repository

Sulzer Regional Library
Chicago Public Library
4455 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago IL 60625 United States
(312) 742-4455