SF State Bay Area Television Archive is a treasure trove of history on film — and streaming online

Author: Matt Itelson
February 22, 2023
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speaks in front of a podium with about 10 microphones attached to it
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Bay Area Television Archive/KQED collection

Students can license historical footage for their own work for free, while most filmmakers must pay to do so 

When filmmakers want access to historical footage of the Bay Area’s past, they turn to San Francisco State University, home to a massive and unique archive of local television news-film and documentaries from the 20th century. While Academy Award-winning films such as “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Milk” and “O.J.: Made in America” paid market rate to license the footage, San Francisco State students may do so for their own work at no cost.

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