Orlando Cabanban photographs
Scope and Content of the Collection
Negatives (35 mm and 120 film format), contact sheets, prints, and transparencies created by Chicago photographer Orlando Cabanban. Images are primarily of events related to the American Indian Center of Chicago (AIC), the oldest urban Native American center in the United States founded in 1953. Social activities documented include powwows, day camps, the AIC canoe club and basketball team, and the American Indian Festival held at the Field Museum. There are also images of AIC meetings, demonstrations, and individual and family portraits taken by Cabanban. Also includes additional materials related to these events and miscellaneous photographs and negatives.
Dates listed are taken from negative sleeves and are likely the date that the film was developed rather than the date of the event. Most rolls include negatives and some also have contact sheets and prints. Multiple rolls from the same event have been grouped together.
- Creation: approximately 1920s-1991
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1968 - 1986
- Cabanban, Orlando (Person)
Materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The Orlando Cabanban photographs are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).
Ownership and Literary Rights
The Orlando Cabanban photographs are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.
Biography of Orlando Cabanban
Orlando Cabanban (Filipino-American) was born in 1935 in Chicago. Deeply interested in Indian life, a professional architectural photographer, and long-time friend of the American Indian Center, Cabanban took photographs of AIC events for over fifteen years. His photographs are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and in numerous architectural publications.
1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Negatives (35 mm and 120 film format), contact sheets, prints, and transparencies created by Chicago photographer Orlando Cabanban primarily of events related to the American Indian Center of Chicago during the late 1960s. Social activities documented include powwows, day camps, the AIC canoe club and basketball team, and the American Indian Festival held at the Field Museum. Also includes images of AIC meetings, demonstrations, individual and family portraits, miscellaneous photographs and negatives, and related materials.
Arranged chronologically by roll number with additional material at the end in alphabetical order.
Collection Stack Location
3a 55 13
Gift, Orlando Cabanban, 2017.
Catherine Grandgeorge, 2018.
Genre / Form
- Inventory of the Orlando Cabanban photographs, approximately 1920s-1991, bulk 1968-1986
- Catherine Grandgeorge
- Language of description
- Script of description