Our moving image collections feature local newsfilm, documentaries and programs donated to the J. Paul Leonard Library by broadcasters and private individuals, to be preserved as an academic resource.
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Film Archivist: Alex Cherian
Bay Area Television Archive
J. Paul Leonard Library
SF State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Our unique film and video bring the Bay Area's history of cultural revolution in the Twentieth Century to life. You can browse through clips in SF State's Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA) or try a database search, to discover other material not yet available online.
Search 70,000 film and video records. New records are added on a regular basis.
All clips may be viewed online from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
TV Archive in the Media
"Bay Area Proud," KNTV
"Finding 'lost' newsfilm collections," KQED Radio
"From the Archives," CBS 5's Eye on the Bay
On Demand Collections
We work with SF State faculty to create custom collections in DIVA of our digitized content to support course work and for special projects. Contact the Film Archivist for further details.
Selected On Demand Collections – View All
Willie L. Brown Jr. Collection
Archival film and video featuring the life and work of politician Willie Brown, covering the 1960s-90s.
Dr. Maya Angelou's Blacks, Blues, Black!
A 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society.
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 to the Black Panther Party's Oakland Chapter, 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.
Bay Area Sports Collection
Bay Area local news coverage of sporting events and personalities including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, athletics and more.
SF State Strike Collection
Local newsfilm covering events relating to the San Francisco State College Strike, from the late 1960s.