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Roger Cabán Photograph Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017-002

Content Description

Roger Cabán was a photographer and social worker. Born in Puerto Rico in 1942, his family migrated to El Barrio (East Harlem) in New York City. He worked in El Barrio at Casa de Mutua and Pathways to Housing as well as with the National Puerto Rican Forum and ASPIRA. A self-taught photographer, in the 1960s and '70s he was part of a movement of young artist-activists in New York City creating community cultural organizations like the writers collective La Nueva Sangre. Along with fellow Puerto Rican photographers Charles Biasiny-Rivera and Phil Dante, founded the non-profit En Foco, which nurtures photographers from diverse cultures in the US. His collection contains 10 cubic feet of Cabán's work as posters and prints, as well as select works by contemporaries or collaborators. It focuses primarily on documenting life in New York City and Puerto Rico.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Rebecca Cabán (at bequest of Roger Cabán).

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Open to researchers without restrictions.


  • Creation: 1970s-2000s



10 Cubic Feet


An item level inventory and condition report of the prints and posters was completed by staff at El Museo del Barrio in 2017. It is currently available upon request.

About the Collections

Our collections consist of personal papers from prominent Puerto Rican artists, elected officials, social activists, writers, as well as the records of community-based organizations. Our largest collection, the Offices of the Government of Puerto Rico in the United States (OGPRUS) Records, measures approximately 2,900 cubic feet and contains an extraordinary amount of information regarding Puerto Rican migrants and the government institutions established to assist them. The collections date from the 1890s to the present, and document Puerto Rican communities in the Northeast, Midwest, Florida, California and Hawaii.