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Alex Cherian

Bay Area Television Archivist

Special Collections & Archives

Bay Area Television Archive

About Me

I've been the Library's Bay Area Television Archivist since I emigrated to the US in 2007 from England. I'm the son of Indian farmers and English factory workers, was the first person in my family to attend college and am proud to serve our students and community.

How I Can Help

I work on over 100 commercial projects a year with clients like CNN, HBO, and Netflix and directors such as Spike Lee, Ken Burns and Ava DuVernay. I can provide SF State students with free access to the same unique film and video resources, for class projects.

Ask Me About

  • Using archival footage to make your video project really stand out.
  • How amazing 16mm film can look, when digitized in 4K.
  • The myth of expertise.


Master of Film Studies with Film Archiving (Distinction), University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK)

Master of Shakespeare & Elizabethan Culture (Distinction), Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK)

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (1st Class), Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK)

Research and Publications

Cherian, Alex & Gambone, Katie (March/April 2022). Preserving and Showcasing AV Collections. [Article] Online Searcher Vol. 46, No.2.

Cherian, Alex (August 2014). James Baldwin’s visit to Bayview Hunters Point - Racism, censorship, and a vision of democracy. [Article] San Francisco BayView National Black Newspaper.

Cherian, Alex (2012) The Making of Take this Hammer [Video] DIVA web platform:

Cherian, Alex (2014) Point of Pride [Video] DIVA web platform:

Cherian, Alex (2016) An interview with Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong [Video] DIVA web platform:


Bay Area Television Archive, DIVA platform

Bay Area Television Archive, Quartex platform