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Dom Orejudos papers

Identifier: Dance-MS-Orejudos

Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence, production files, photographs, and audiovisual material showcasing the career of Orejudos as a choreographer and dancer.

The series Company Correspondence contains paperwork, correspondence, cards, newspaper clippings and ballet programs related to the organizations Dom Orejudos worked with as a choreographer. The series Photographs is arranged by production name, and contains photographs taken during performances, with some rehearsal photographs. Included in the series Production Papers are any papers dealing with ballet production, including production notebooks, musical scores, costume designs, set designs. The series Personal contains materials that don’t belong within the other series and include papers related to his passing. The Audio-Visual series contains VHS, audio cassette, open reel and film reel of performance scores as well as performance recordings. Items in the Oversize series contain mostly large drafts for costumes and set design, as well as one poster.

[archivist's note, 2023: Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.]


  • Creation: 1962-1993



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Dom Orejudos papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Audiovisual recordings in this collection have been digitized and are available online. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Dom Orejudos papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Dom Orejudos

Dom Orejudos, also known as Etienne and Stephen, was a ballet dancer, choreographer and erotic artist in Chicago and beyond, finding himself choreographing and dancing domestically and abroad until his death from AIDS on Sept. 24, 1991.

Orejudos was born in Chicago July 1, 1933, and was an accomplished student and artist from the start. His talents included orchestra, gymnastics, dance, and drawing as well as a high GPA during his time in high school. In a series of interviews conducted with Orejudos, now held at the Leather and Archives Museum, he recalls having a strong sense of self at a very early age, identifying as gay and feeling content with this discovery in his early teens. In fact, his gay erotica drawings were already very much developed when Orejudos was a teen, and he was sought out by Chuck Renslow to draw gay erotica commercially at that time. Renslow also happened to be very taken by Orejudos the moment he saw him, and their relationship developed into a romantic one soon after meeting. Orejudos' art was released under the pseudonyms of Etienne and Stephen, and his work as an erotica artist started when he was still in high school. Simultaneously, Orejudos was studying ballet at the Ellis-DuBoulay School of Ballet, and so these two parts of him really developed side by side.


5.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize box)

72 items (30 VHS tapes, 17 audiocassettes, 25 open reels)


Domingo Orejudos (professional name: Etienne), was a dancer and erotic artist born in Chicago who danced with the Illinois Ballet, later becoming resident choreographer, principal dancer, and associate director of the company. Papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, programs, sketches, and audiovisual material relating to Orejudos' dance career and to the Illinois Ballet.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Company Correspondence, 1972-1991
Box 1
Series 2: Photographs, 1960s-1978
Boxes 1-3
Series 3: Production Papers, 1964-1987
Boxes 3-5
Series 4: Personal, 1962-1993
Box 5
Series 5: Audiovisual, 1968-1991
Audiovisual boxes (restricted)
Series 6: Oversize, 1978, 1986
Box 6

Collection Stack Location

3a 48 11


Gift, Robert Yuhnke, 2005.

Processed by

Nada Abdelrahim, 2020.

Inventory of the Dom Orejudos papers, 1962-1993
Nada Abdelrahim
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-01-17: Audiovisual materials have been permanently removed from the collection for preservation. Access to the original audiovisual items is restricted.

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States