Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Paul Espinosa Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0768
110.5 Linear feet
(212 archives boxes, 7 shoeboxes, 23 cartons, and 6 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1970-2008
Abstract: Papers of Paul Espinosa, an award-winning filmmaker and producer specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on
the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Scope and Content of Collection
Papers of Paul Espinosa, an award-winning independent filmmaker and producer specializing in documentary and dramatic films
focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region, and Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.
The collection primarily consists of production files relating to Espinosa's decades-long filmmaking career, and office and
subject files from his many years as a senior and executive producer at the public television station KPBS in San Diego, where
he produced, directed, wrote and hosted numerous programs for PBS. The files contain research and subject materials, planning
documents, production-related content, and other papers and media files documenting Espinosa's professional interests and
Arranged in seven series: 1) EARLY RESEARCH AND DISSERTATION; 2) KPBS OFFICE AND SUBJECT FILES; 3) PRODUCTION FILES; 4) CALIFAS
(1982); 5) GROUPS, CONFERENCES & ORGANIZATIONS; 6) SOUND RECORDINGS; and 7) MOVING IMAGE RECORDINGS.
Paul Espinosa, an award-winning Filmmaker and Producer, is the President/CEO of Espinosa Productions, a film and video company
specializing in documentary and dramatic films focused on the U.S.-Mexico border region. He has been involved with producing
films for over 35 years and is Professor Emeritus in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. Espinosa
received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Anthropology where he specialized in the cultural analysis of television communication
and his B.A. degree from Brown University, also in Anthropology. He has worked with the public television stations in San
Diego and Dallas as a Senior Producer and Executive Producer. Specializing in Latino and U.S.-Mexico border topics, Espinosa
has produced, directed, written and hosted numerous programs for PBS.
Espinosa has shared his expertise, experience and social activism at many universities and community centers across the Americas.
He has been honored with Paul Espinosa Film Festivals in Phoenix, Albuquerque, El Paso, and San Diego. The National Association
of Hispanic Journalists inducted him into the NAHJ Hall of Fame and the California Chicano News Media Association honored
him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the Outstanding Latino Cultural Award in Performing Arts from the American
Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; the Domingo Ulloa Cultural Worker Award from California Rural Legal Assistance
in recognition of his contributions to public understanding of the experiences of Mexican origin peoples in the United States;
and he was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
in Washington DC.
Espinosa is a Board Member of the Media Arts Center of San Diego and is an active member of the National Association of Latino
Independent Producers. He previously served on the Boards of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) National
Board, the Arizona Latino Arts & Culture Consortium, the Media Arts Center of San Diego (as President and Founding Board Member),
the California Council for the Humanities, the Arizona Humanities Council and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
National Board (as Treasurer).
Espinosa biography from http://espinosaproductions.com.
Paul Espinosa Papers, MSS 768. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.
Original audiovisual media formats in series 6) and 7) are restricted for preservation. Patrons may inquire in advance of
their visit regarding listening and viewing accomodations.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Documentary films -- Production and direction
Mexican-American Border Region
Espinosa, Paul -- Archives
Espinosa Productions (Firm)
KPBS (Television station : San Diego, Calif.)