Bay Area Television Archive

The Archive 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 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.




Tech Trends: History of Bay Area revived through remastering old news film footage. 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 online in SF State's Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA). New material 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.

 Selected Collections

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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.

Digital Special Collections

Additional online content from the Library's digital asset management system, ContentDM.

TV Archive in the Media

Evolution of TV Broadcast Technology & Preservation

Tech Trends: History of Bay Area revived through remastering old news film footage. KRON 4

"Bay Area Proud," KNTV

"Documenting Black History in the Digital AGE," KFAI Radio

"From the Archives," CBS 5's Eye on the Bay