Scope and Content
Title: Sam Tagatac collection
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 107
Language of Material:
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
37 Linear Feet
(144 motion picture film reels, 16 audiotape reels)
Date (inclusive): approximately 1969-1980s
Abstract: Film and audiotape reels produced by Filipino American Sam Tagatac (1939-2021), recording Filipino American life and culture
in California, including Manilatown in San Francisco.
Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
The collection is open for research.
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[Identification of Item], Sam Tagatac collection, CEMA 107. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Donated by Sam Tagatac on March 1, 2007.
Filipino American Sam Tagatac (1939-2021) was a filmmaker, poet, writer, and artist who grew up in Santa Barbara, California.
Tagatac graduated from the California State University at San Francisco (SFSU) with a B.A. and M.A. in film. He taught film
in the Asian American Studies Department at SFSU, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tagatac lived in Santa Barbara, California, where he owned Sam's Manila Café, Billings, Montana, and Lompoc, California. Among
the films he made was
P.O.C. Filipino Community Organizing. Tagatac's poems and short stories were published in several anthologies.
Scope and Content
This collection contains sixteen audiotapes and 144 motion picture films produced by Filipino American Sam Tagatac (1939-2021).
The film and audiotape reels contain footage, dating to the 1960s and early 1970s, recording Filipino American culture and
life in Manilatown, a district in downtown San Francisco centered around Kearny and Jackson streets that existed from the
1920s to the 1970s. Manilatown included such businesses as the International Hotel, ("I-Hotel"), the Manila Cafe, Bataan Lunch,
Lucky M. Pool Hall, and Tino's Barber Shop. These establishments, along with many others, served the residents of the area
before their forced relocation during the urban redevelopment of the 1960s and 1970s, under the San Francisco Redevelopment
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Filipino Americans -- California -- Social life and customs
Filipino Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century
Motion picture film
Open reel audiotapes
International Hotel (San Francisco, Calif.) -- History