Bay Area Television Archive

The Bay Area TV Archive (BATA) features local newsfilm, documentaries and programs donated to the J. Paul Leonard Library by broadcasters and private individuals, to be preserved as an academic resource. Our unique film and video collections 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 material not yet available online.

The 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.

Short Film Introducing BATA

Man digitizing news footage


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

Database Search

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

Online Archive Access

More than 300 hours of video can be accessed online in SF State's Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA). New material is added regularly.

Additional online content is available in our Digital Special Collections (ContentDM), the Library's digital asset management system.

View clips from any computer, tablet or smartphone.

On-Demand Collections

The Bay Area Television Archive works with SF State faculty to create custom collections in DIVA to support course work and for special projects. Contact the film archivist for further details.

TV Archive in the Media