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About Bay Area Television Archive

Established in 1982, the TV Archive preserves 6000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other TV footage produced in the Bay Area and Northern California from the Twentieth Century. We are a part of the J. Paul Leonard Library's Department of Special Collections and oversee material owned by local TV stations KPIX-TV, KRON-TV, KQED and KTVU. The Bay Area TV Archive’s digitization projects are supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Contact Bay Area Television Archivist Alex Cherian if you have any questions (Email: / Tel: 415-405-5565).


Number of items in DIVA: 2148


Iranian Diaspora Collection

Local newsfilm reports from the 1950s-1970s featuring events, issues and culture relating to the Bay Area's Iranian diaspora.

Belva Davis Collection

News and special interest reports produced for local TV stations by pioneering Bay Area TV journalist Belva Davis, between 1976-2004.

Black Panther Party Collection

Local newsfilm and privately produced footage relating mainly - but not exclusively - to the Black Panther Party's Oakland Chapter, from the 1960s & 70s.

Bay Sunday Show

Co-created in 1989 and hosted by Barbara Rodgers, Bay Sunday was an award winning public affairs program, produced by Ch.5 KPIX-TV.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire & Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Local newsfilm from the 1960s and 1970s, featuring the Northern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire and the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, both co-created by Phyllis and Ron Patterson.

African American Art Exhibitions, 1968-1973

Newsfilm reports featuring African American art exhibitions, artists and organizers in San Francisco and Oakland, covering the period 1968-1973.

Zebra Murders Collection

Local newsfilm reports featuring press conferences, interviews, protests and crime scenes relating to a series of killings in San Francisco that happened between 1973-4, which came to be known as the Zebra murders. 

Los Siete de la Raza

Local newsfilm reports relating to the arrest, trial and release of Los Siete de la Raza in San Francisco, from 1969-1970

Edmund Kemper Murders Collection

Local newsfilm relating to the investigation and trial of serial killer Edmund Kemper from 1973.

Zodiac Killer Collection

Local TV newsfilm footage relating to the serial killer known as Zodiac, who operated in Northern California during the 1960s and 70s. This case has remained open in several counties since 1969.

John Linley Frazier Murders Collection

Local newsfilm featuring the mass murders committed by John Linley Frazier (aka The Killer Prophet) in Soquel California, on October 19th 1970. Includes footage covering the discovery of the killings, the subsequent investigation and the trial of Frazier.

1966 Bayview Hunters Point Uprising

Local TV news footage and news bulletins relating to the Bayview Hunters Point social uprising, from late September and early October of 1966. As residents around San Francisco's Third Street vented their frustration over living conditions and the fatal shooting of Matthew 'Peanut' Johnson, the National Guard was called out.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Blacks, Blues, Black!

A 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968 called Blacks, Blues, Black!, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society.

Willie L. Brown Jr. Collection

Archival film and video featuring the life and work of politician Willie Brown, covering the 1960s-90s.

Suzie Larsen Collection

8mm silent films produced by SF State alum Karl Griepenburg in San Francisco, featuring the fire which destroyed Sutro Baths in 1966 and a rock concert at Golden Gate Park, c1970. This collection was donated to the TV Archive by another SF State alum Suzie Larsen (Griepenburg’s daughter) and transferred by Movette Film Transfer.

Adult Entertainment Industry

Local newsfilm reports featuring the adult entertainment industry from the 1960s to the 1980s, including topless dancing, erotic movies and legal disputes.

Johnny Barnes Selvin Collection

Documentary and special interest programs produced for KTVU in the Bay Area between 1976-1991, by Johnny Barnes Selvin.

KQED Film Unit

Documentary films produced by the KQED Film Unit between 1963-73.

Muhammad Ali Collection

Local newsfilm relating to former boxing heavyweight champion of the world and cultural icon Muhammad Ali, produced between 1965-79.

Glide Collection

Newsfilm, documentaries and footage relating to the work of Rev. Cecil Williams and the Glide Memorial Church, covering the 1970s-90s.

KPIX Collection

Newsfilm, documentaries and programs produced by KPIX-TV, covering the 1950s-1990s.

Videowest Collection

Selected TV programs produced by independent studio Videowest, from the 1980s.

KRON-TV's Bay Area History Series

Experience San Francisco's rich history throughout the Twentieth Century in KRON-TV's Emmy award winning Bay Area History series.

Dorothy Goldner Collection

Stunning Kodchrome color footage shot at the Golden Gate International Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island (1939/40), produced by Orville C. Goldner.

Japanese American Collection

Local newsfilm and programs relating to the Bay Area's Japanese American community, covering the 1950s-1990s.

Local Emmy Awards

Local Emmy Awards winning programs produced in the Bay Area, from the 1980s & 90s.

Occupation of Alcatraz Collection

Local newsfilm and documentaries relating to the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island (1969-71).

SF State Strike Collection

Local newsfilm covering events relating to the San Francisco State College Strike, from the late 1960s.

TV Archive Related

Short films about the TV Archive, it's collections and work.

KTVU Collection

Newsfilm and other  reports and programs produced by KTVU from the 1960s through to the 1990s.

KRON Collection

Newsfilm, documentaries and programs produced by KRON-TV, covering the 1950s-1990s.

KQED Collection

Newsfilm, documentaries and programs produced by KQED, covering the 1960s-1980s.

AIDS Crisis Collection

A compilation of local and national news reports and special programs relating to the AIDS crisis, from the 1980s and 90s.

Bay Area Sports Collection

Bay Area local news coverage of sporting events and personalities including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, athletics and more.

Wine Country

Local newsfilms and documentaries from the 1960s and 70s, featuring the winemaking industry in Sonoma County.

San Francisco Street Artists Movement

Local newsfilm reports from the 1970s covering the San Francisco Street Artists Movement and their attempts to challenge local government restrictions.

César Chávez Collection

Local newsfilm and special programs relating to César Chávez, the United Farm Workers union and agricultural workers, from the 1960s & 70s.

Bayview Hunters Point Collection

Local television newsfilm and documentaries featuring the Bayview Hunters Point Community in San Francisco, covering the 1950s-70s.

KPIX Discovery Collection (1953)

Episodes from an early TV series about the arts called Discovery, produced in 1953 by KPIX-TV and the San Francisco Museum of Art.

KPIX San Francisco Pageant Series

A Peabody Award winning series produced by KPIX-TV in the 1960s, about the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Fog Town Network Collection

Selected episodes from the Fog Town Network variety show, produced by Albert P. Pappalardo in San Francisco between 1993-96.

Saul Rouda Collection

Documentary films produced in the Bay Area from the 1960s-80s, made available by local filmmaker Saul Rouda.