Roland Rives Collection

Collection Identifier
Extent of Collection
4 reels of 16mm film totaling 1,375 feet.
Language Of Materials
Custodial History
These 4 films belonged to Roland Rives's father, Benjamin Shore Rives. Roland Rives is certain that the films were not shot by his father and does not know how his father came to possess them. He believes that the films belonged to / were filmed by a family member who went on the Cunard Line and ended up with his father because his father shot 16mm film, primarily home movies, as a hobby and had a 16mm projector.

Roland Rives initially approached the Chicago History Museum about taking the films, but museum determined that they did not fit into their mission. He also contacted the Carnival Corporation (which acquired the Cunard Line in 2005)

He then gifted the films to CFA. He also donated a Kodaxope Pageant sound projector that belonged to his father, Benjamin Rives.
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
Public Domain. Original film materials are too fragile to exhibit.
Rives, Roland (was created by)
Roland J. Rives is the son (the third of four boys) of Benjamin Shore Rives, Sr. and Norma Rives. He was born on May 14, 1931 and grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Chicago to attend Northwestern University at night while working during the day, and graduated in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has worked in real estate ever since, and specializes in consulting and valuation.