Bay Area Television Archive


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.


By appointment.


KRON 4 Television feature about the Archive: Tech Trends: History of Bay Area revived through remastering old news film footage


Film Archivist: Alex Cherian
(415) 405-5565


Bay Area Television Archive
J. Paul Leonard Library
SF State University
1630 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Introducing BATA

Film archivist shown in front of computer transferring film to digital formats.

Short film by KPIX-TV's Emmy Award winning producer Dave Stoelk.


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.

Database Search

Search 70,000 film and video records. New records are added on a regular basis.

Online Access

All clips may be viewed online from any computer, tablet or smartphone.


O.J. Simpson

More than 300 hours online. New material added regularly.

Digital Special Collections

Marlon Brando and Black Panthers at Bobby Hutton's funeral, Oakland California, 1968.

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

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Willie L. Brown Jr. Collection 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 in African clothing. 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 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 Panthers members standing in two long rows with their hands folded in front of them. Black Panther Party Collection

Local newsfilm and privately produced footage relating to the Black Panther Party's Oakland Chapter, from the 1960s & 70s.

Happy African-American girl smiling at the camera. Bayview Hunters Point Collection

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

Head shot of Oakland Raiders coach John Madden 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.