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Marion & Maurice Kaplan Collection

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Collection Identifier: C.2016-11
Extent of collection
13 reels of 16mm totaling approximately 3450 feet
Inclusive Dates
circa 1940 - 1959
The Marion and Maurice Kaplan Collection contains home movies shot and compiled by Maurice Kaplan of Chicago, Illinois. Maurice shot 16mm films from the 1940s through 1950s. The collection depicts his travels to Hawaii, as member of the U.S. Army in World War II, and family weddings, other celebrations, and vacations at Glen, Michigan; Lincoln Park Zoo; Union Pier; and Lakeside.
Kaplan, Maurice (was created by)
Maurice Kaplan (1919-1980) was a Chicago native, and as a child, Maurice was intrested in the arts, spending time at the Jane Addams Hull-House. However, due to his color-blindness, Maurice's artistic aspirations were curtailed to a recreational capacity. Bypassing college, Maurice served in the U.S. Army during World War II, filming his journey on 16mm so that it may be shared with friends and family on a home projector, a habit he would continue throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
Kaplan, Marion (was created by)
Custodial History
The films in this collection were previously stored by Maurice's daughter Barbara Sloan at her home in Los Angeles before shipping to Chicago Film Archives in October 2016.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
CFA owns copyrights to these films. No restrictions.
1 - Army WWII Hawaii
10 - With Marion's family at the Summer Cottage
11A - 1951-58 / Barb Barry / Maurie & / Marion
11B - Family at the beach
11C - Family at the beach, Lincoln Park Zoo, a Public Park