File f001 - Frank Orban materials donated along with Frank Orban pin collection (1948-2002)

Identity area

Reference code



Frank Orban materials donated along with Frank Orban pin collection (1948-2002)


  • 1948-2002 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 folder of textual records

Context area

Name of creator

(1923-09-16 to 2005-09-17)

Biographical history

Born and raised in Szeged, Hungary. His parents died in a concentration camp in 1945, just as WWII was ending and Orban was returning home from a forced labour camp. After emigrating to Israel we was schooled in aviation mechanics by El Al Airline. He was station manager for El Al Airlines in Athens, Greece where he met and married Harriet. While visiting Canada with Harriet in 1956 he was hired by Canadian Pacific Airlines as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. He held Canadian, Israeli and US Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licences. In 1970 he was appointed as Chemist in the Engineering Department of CP Airlines where he worked until his retirement. throughout his career he collected aviation pins. Some of his collection items reach back to the start of aviation in Canada. After retirement he was active with the Quarter Century in Aviation Club and volunteering at Burnaby Village Museum.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • Hebrew

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area


Includes newspaper clippings, professional certificates, cards and related materials that belonged to, or were collected by, Frank Orban: magazine clipping with photograph of Orban with his pin collection (ca. 2000) Orban's membership card for the quarter Century in Aviation Club (2005)
*Orban's Canadian Pacific Airlines Ground Equipment Operator's Card (1972)

  • Metals Engineering Institute certification that Orban completed the Electroplating and Metal Finishing course International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers membership card, Orban (ca. 1970s) CP Air employee ID for Orban (1985) Orban's Air Canada retired employee preferred travel card (ca. 1990s) Orban's Canadian Pacific Airlines Limited Personal record of technical training and examinations (1959-1968) Orban's Passport, Israel (Hebrew) (1949) Poor photocopy of group photograph including Orban (original was dated ca. 1949, Lod, Israel) Temporary Airman Certificate, Orban, Holon, Israel (1955) Temporary Airman Certificate, Orban (1958) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence (English and Hebrew) (1956-1959) USA Federal Aviation Administration Orban's certification to work as a mechanic and airframe powerplant (1968) USA Department of Transportation Orban's certification to work as a mechanic and airframe powerplant (1986) Canadian Pacific Airlines quarantine card (1967) Orban's Israel Airlines employee ID (English and Hebrew) (1958) Page from Skytalk newsletter article: "Up in the clouds: The History of the Vancouver Airport on display" featuring a photograph of F. Orban with pin collection
    *photocopy of newspaper obituary for Frank Orban, (2005-09)


The Frank Orban Pin Collection is on display at BCIT ATC Campus Library.

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

C. McLellan, created 2019-04-15
C. McLellan, complete item list added, 2019-05-07




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places

Physical storage

  • Shelf: Bay 25, shelf B, box 127, folder 6