Guide to the Robert Holguin Papers CEMA 89

University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
(805) 893-8563

Title: Robert Holguin Papers
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 89
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 boxes
Date: 1974 - 1998
Abstract Note: Robert Daniel Holguin (1953- ) was born and raised in California. He graduated from Baldwin Park High School and received his Bachelor and Master degrees from UCLA. His main focus of study was television production and directing. As a Mexican American his collection reflects his interest in films that cover the history and plight of Latinos in the United States. Grant requests, scripts and clips from some of his films are included. There are also personal writings and law papers that show his struggle to make it in the film industry.
General Physical Description note: 1 document box
Location note: Del Norte

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These papers were donated by Robert Holguin on Feb.19, 2004

Biographical/Historical note

Robert Daniel Holguin was born January 21, 1953 in Los Angeles, California. He received his high school education in Baldwin Park High School. In 1976 he completed his undergraduate study of Motion Picture and Television Production at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1980 he completed his Master of Fine Arts in UCLA also from the School of Theater Arts. Robert Holguin won many awards such as the WNET Independent documentary fund for being the Producer and Director of “Crystal City: The Brown Out” and the UCLA Jim Morrison Award best undergraduate film director for “Es Mi Abuelita” in 1975. Throughout his life, he has worked in various productions and news networks such as NBC and CBS doing camera work and directing. He has also taught courses in Mount San Antonio College and Cal Poly Pomona in television studio production and business report writing.

Series Desciption

Personal and Biographical (1974- 2004) This series contains school assignments, a federal court case regarding Holguin's discrimination case, notes and diaries of his life experiences. There are also some papers from his university classes.
Production, Applications, and Contract Documents (1978- 1991) In this series there are contracts, grant applications, and other documents that Robert had to work with to generate funds for his productions. Included with his applications are his resumes that convey the work that he did over a number of years.
Plays and Documentary Scripts (1977-1990) This series contains five different scripts. These are: Crystal City: The Brown Out, The Dawning, The Life Support of South Texas, Mother’s Day and the Ghetto Man. The Dawning script and the video titled Takeover may be different versions of the same project.
Videos (1980s and undated) Included are digital files from the Takeover. Also in this collection is a documentary about his grandmother titled Es Mi Abuelita (from which he recieved the UCLA Jim Morrison Award for best undergraduate film director). There is a documentary about Cuban refuges. Last, there are video segments from KNBC news.

Conditions Governing Access note

Service copies of audiovisual items may need to be made before viewing or listening. Please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


Personal and Biographical

Box 1, Folder 1

School Assignments circa 1974

Box 1, Folder 2

Federal Court Case, Discrimination on the job 1977-1981

Box 1, Folder 3-4

Notes and Diaries circa 1986-1998

Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous Papers circa 1981-2004

Box 1, Folder 6

Picture Slides undated


Production, Application, and Contract Documents

Box 1, Folder 7-11

Production Applications and Contract 1978-1991

Box 1, Folder 12

Grant Application 1980

Box 1, Folder 13

EBC Contract and Release Forms 1980

Box 1, Folder 14

Humanities Projects in Media Guidelines 1987

Box 1, Folder 15

National Endowment Application and Response 1989


Plays and Documentary Scripts

Box 1, Folder 16

Crystal: The Brown Out 1977-1980

Box 1, Folder 17

The Life Support of South Texas circa 1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 18-19

The Dawning circa 1989-1990

Box 1, Folder 20

Mother's Day 1990

Box 1, Folder 21-27

Ghetto Man undated



Film V/100900

2 On the Town (Lowriders - Car Club) 1980

U-Matic V/100991

Crystal City 1980

Film V/104821

Muscular young man cutting grass in the jungle undated

DVD V/104822

Es Mi Abuelita, Francisca Castruita 1989-1975 undated

U-Matic V/104823

Robert Holguin KNBC Feature Online Editor undated

VHS V/104824

Documentary on Cuban Refuges in 1980 at Fort Caffee Arkansas undated