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UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Title: Dan Guerrero Collection on Latino Entertainment and the Arts
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 78
20 Linear Feet
17 document boxes, 8 oversize boxes, 11 photo albums, 1 small card file box, and tapes
Date (inclusive): 1956-2016
Abstract: The collection documents Latino cultural and entertainment history of recent years, focusing on Dan Guerrero's professional
life in the world of entertainment as well as his personal family life. It includes video and audio tapes of selected programming,
scripts, publicity items, programs, and posters relating to the Latino community. There are photographs relative to Mexican
American art and culture, transcripts of interviews with various members of the Latino entertainment industry. A significant
amount of correspondence, audio tapes, video tapes, color slides and other items concern his close friend, the late Carlos
Almaraz, a veteran Chicano artist. Other notable celebrities represented are Vikki Carr, Lorenzo Lamas, Cheech Marin, Ricardo
Montalban, Kenny Ortega, Paul Rodriguez, Cesar Romero, Lalo Schifrin, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. The collection is
of great value to the study and understanding of Latino entertainment and the arts in the last decades of the 20th Century.
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This collection is open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Dan Guerrero, 2002. This collection continues to grow periodically.
Biographical / Historical
Dan Guerrero began his multi-faceted career in New York where he moved from East Los Angeles at age twenty to pursue studies
in musical theater. He performed off-Broadway, in regional theatre, summer stock and in musical revues at Manhattan's most
fabled cabarets including the Bon Soir in Greenwich Village.
He later became a successful theatrical agent with clients in the original casts of countless Broadway musicals in the years
A Chorus Line to Cats, representing Tony Award winners and future Hollywood stars. He returned home to Los Angeles for an equally successful time
as a casting director for stage and television before turning his talents to producing and directing.
Television credits include the PBS
Concert of the Americas co-produced with Quincy Jones, the NBC
Vida Awards, a ground-breaking bilingual talk show for comic Paul Rodriguez that aired internationally on Univision, the HBO Latino stand-up
Loco Slam and
Navidad en las Americas , a bilingual Christmas special for Buena Vista International that included a best-selling CD release with Ricky Martin, Jose
Feliciano and Placido Domingo among the international artists.
Live concert events include multiple productions at the Kennedy Center;
Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World in the Opera House; the
AmericArtes Gala in the Concert Hall;
Pablo Neruda: A Centenary Celebration in the Terrace Theatre; and
Japan! Culture + Hyper Culture in the Rooftop Gallery.
Other non-broadcast events; the world premiere of
Concierto para Mendez for the Los Angeles Opera; the
San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival for artistic director Linda Ronstadt;
The Maravilla Concert to inaugurate the Roy E. Disney Performing Arts Center at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the
Placido Domingo Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Davies Hall with the San Francisco Youth Symphony and Chorus and the
Concerte Chicano et Tex Mex at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France.
Guerrero also produced
Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano, an award-winning documentary on his late father, Chicano music legend Lalo Guerrero. The film aired nationally on PBS stations
Voces series hosted by Edward James Olmos and included a DVD/CD release. It continues to screen at national and international Film
Festivals including the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival where the film garnered awards for Best Documentary,
Best Director and Best Song. The Spanish-language subtitled version has screened in Latin America in a nine-week run at Cineteca
Nacional Mexico in Mexico City.
At the same time, Guerrero has crossed the country with his critically acclaimed solo show
¡Gaytino! following the 2006 world premiere run in Los Angeles produced by the Center Theatre Group. He has performed the autobiographical
play with music at commercial venues that include the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, New York's Zipper Theatre, the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art and the historic Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe where his performance was introduced by Governor
¡Gaytino! is also a favorite on the university circuit, playing on campuses from Northwestern to North Dakota State, the University
of Maryland, UC Santa Barbara, and UCLA.
Guerrero is an influential activist, speaking out in print, television and radio interviews in English and Spanish on both
Latino/Chicano and LGBTQ issues. He is a popular figure on the speaking circuit and has addressed groups and organizations
including the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC, the Southern Arizona LULAC Youth Leadership Conference in Tucson,
the California Teachers Association Conference in Palm Springs and the National Education Association conference in Washington,
DC among many others.
His most recent presentation,
Activism and the Arts: A Life Journey has been hailed for its portrayal of the interconnected lives of artists and activists who fueled the civil rights struggles
of the past several decades. The talk has been presented at the University of CA Santa Barbara, UCLA, University of Texas,
Austin, the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, and a LULAC conference in Dallas. The Smithsonian Latino Center and the Human
Rights Campaign recently brought it to the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
He has been recognized for his activism and career achievements by the California State Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives,
the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Council of La Raza, the California Legislature and the County of Los
Angeles Board of Supervisors. Industry honors include an Imagen Award, an Honorary Local Emmy Award and an Alma Award nomination.
The LA City Council also declared Dan Guerrero Day in the city of Los Angeles for his contributions to the city and he was
recently honored at the LA Times Latinos de Hoy awards at the Dolby Theater with the inaugural LGBT Ambassador Award.
Guerrero is a Distinguished Community Scholar at UCLA's Cesar E Chavez's Chicana/o Studies Department where he created a course
based on his solo show
¡Gaytino! Performance and the Power of One. The latter led to his appointment as a Regents' Lecturer jointly in the UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies
and the LGBT Departments.
[Identification of Item], the Dan Guerrero Collection on Latino Entertainment and the Arts, CEMA 78. Department of Special
Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
Lalo Guerrero Collection (CEMA 024).
Mark Guerrero Collection (CEMA 086).
The Dan Guerrero Research Collection is housed at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and includes his oral history.
The Dan Guerrero Gaytino collection is located at USC Libraries' ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Scope and Contents
The collection spans 20 linear feet, ranges from 1959-2016 and includes documents on Latino cultural and entertainment history
of recent years, focusing on Dan Guerrero's professional life in the world of entertainment as well as his personal family
life. It includes video and audio tapes of selected programming, scripts, publicity items, programs, and posters relating
to the Latino community. There are photographs relative to Mexican American art and culture, transcripts of interviews with
various members of the Latino entertainment industry. A significant amount of correspondence, audio tapes, video tapes, color
slides and other items concern his close friend, the late Carlos Almaraz, a veteran Chicano artist. Other notable celebrities
represented are Vikki Carr, Lorenzo Lamas, Cheech Marin, Ricardo Montalban, Kenny Ortega, Paul Rodriguez, Cesar Romero, Lalo
Schifrin, Edward James Olmos and Jimmy Smits. The collection is of great value to the study and understanding of Latino entertainment
and the arts in the last decades of the 20th Century.
Series I: Biographical includes articles related to Dan Guerrero's life and work.
Series II: Original Work includes material relating to There Goes the Neighborhood Press, a company formed by Dan Guerrero,
Michael Dagnery and Lisa Rosales following working together on 'El Show de Paul Rodriguez'; the company produced TV programming
over a two-year period before it dissolved. These files are arranged alphabetically.
Series III: Events includes material related to events produced or directed by Dan Guerrero. The materials are grouped into
three sub series: Programs, Scripts, TV Productions/Scripts, and Film Festivals. Each of these sub series is arranged chronologically.
Series IV: Lalo Guerrero contains correspondence from the White House to Lalo Guerrero (Dan wrote the response), and a program
for Canción Mexicana, performed at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.
Series V: Gaytino includes various promotional materials and articles about the show.
Series VI: Carlos Almaraz includes correspondence from Almaraz which Guerrero states are "personal letters and post cards
sent to me by Carlos thru the 70s and early 80s before I returned to LA… including following his first trip to the Teatro
Campesino, his marriage, birth of his daughter, while painting the Zoot Suit mural and then from his wife Elsa Flores who
took up dropping notes and postcards." Also included are exhibition pamphlets, articles about his exhibits, articles concerning
his passing in 1989 and materials collected from a Memorial Event held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art.
Guerrero and Almaraz met in grammar school when they lived one block apart in East Los Angeles. The two graduated one year
apart (Guerrero graduated in 1959) from James A. Garfield High School, after which the two traveled to New York City for the
first time where they shared a one room apartment in the upper Westside 90s. Almaraz left New York within the year and Guerrero
left in 1982 to return to Los Angeles. The two remained best friends until Almaraz's passing in 1989.
Series VII: Photographs contains, at this point, images from the Artes de Mexico Festival in Los Angeles celebrating Mexican
art and culture. The event was produced and written by Dan Guerrero, an effort that was completely voluntary for all who participated,
performers and technical assistants included. Of particular interest are images of celebrities and prominent figures such
as Appolonia, Linda Ronstadt, Ricardo Montalban, Cheech Marin, Lalo Guerrero, Carmen Zapata, Paul Rodriguez and Edward James
Olmos. Video of the event is also available. Digital photographs ranging from years 1990-2013 are located in the library digital
Series VIII: Miscellany includes materials related to various productions, such as show schedules and rundowns (for such productions
as El Show de Paul Rodriguez and Al Dia Con Maria Conchita [Alonso]). Also included is a special issue of Time Magazine about
Hispanic culture, a dissertation entitled Musical Life of Mexican/Chicano People in Los Angeles, 1945-1985: A Study in Maintenance,
Change, and Adaptation and programs of cultural events. Included within the series are documents and files regarding Cesar
Chavez and his efforts to support the farm workers movement.
Series IX: Audio and Visual Materials contains over 100 audio and videotapes. The series is divided into seven sub series
as follows: El Show de Paul Rodriguez ran from 1990 to 1992; El Nuevo Show de Paul Rodriguez ran from 1992 to 1993; Fox Television
Specials includes four titles, all but one of which aired in 1991 to 1992; Television Specials includes episodic programming
and one time events such as Loco Slam, Navidad En Las Americas (a Behind the Scenes video of this event is also available
in English and Spanish), the 1995 Vida Awards and a concert honoring Latin music in the United States in the 1940s and 50s
entitled Vicki Carr, Memories, Memorias; Live Non-Broadcast Events includes footage of the Artes de Mexico Festival opening
ceremonies at Los Angeles City Hall (photographs are also available of this event in Series VI), the Imagen Awards, Lalo and
Amigos and video of Noche de Riza; Carlos Almaraz contains interviews of Almaraz by Mark Guerrero in 1976, footage from a
KCET show "Life and Times" and extensive footage of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art tribute to Almaraz including video
of the event, video salutes by Luis Valdez and Cesar Chavez and two songs written by Mark and Lalo Guerrero separately that
were performed at the event; Miscellany includes awards ceremonies (Alma Awards, Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards, Hispanic Heritage
Awards), Dan Guerrero on a number of shows speaking about his life and show business (appearances on Al Dia Con Maria Conchita,
on Café California, and on Vista L.A.), video his father, Lalo Guerrero (appearance on Al Dia Con Maria Conchita, appearance
on Vista L.A, backstage at the Orpheum Theatre after a stage show, and a concert in Paris, France titled Cité de la Musique,
a video presentation by Nancy Montoya for an event in Tuscon, Arizona entitled Lalo and Dan Guerrero in Lalo's Tuscon Barrio)
as well as stories written and events produced by Dan Guerrero that have aired on a variety of programs.
Series X: Posters, at this point, contains 15 offset posters varying in size and subject. Included are the works of Carlos
Almaraz and Patssi Valdez, several posters are signed in pen and marker.
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Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.