Laban Deardorff collection of visual materials

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1890–1933 (bulk 1893–1903)
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

2 boxes of black and white photographic prints, 7 boxes of glass negatives, and 3 boxes of non-graphic material formerly owned by Laban Deardorff, founder of the L. F. Deardorff and Sons camera company. Includes primarily glass plate negatives (ca. 1890s–1900) taken by Laban Deardorff, mostly documenting the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. The collection also includes three boxes of photographic magazines, 1894-1895, and one box of photographs (including 36 snapshots of the Century of Progress

Biographical Historical Note

Laban Fisher Deardorff was born in Ohio and settled in Chicago in 1882. By 1915 he owned the L. F. Deardorff and Sons camera company in Chicago.