There's nothing like old broadcast recordings to conjure up historical moments. So we're fortunate to have the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive, a collection of "over 4000 hours of newsfilm, documentaries and other programs produced locally in the Bay Area and Northern California between 1939-2005." Founded in 1982, the TV archive is maintained by the Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.
The recordings document important local events and feature a variety of activists, politicians, entertainers and other celebrities, such as Joan Baez, Ronald Reagan, Jesse Unruh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ken Kesey, George Moscone, and many more. About four percent of the footage (about 200 hours) have been digitized and is viewable for free on Archives website. Eventually the entire collection will be accessible online.
You can browse or search the whole collection by keyword and date. And you can also watch videos from the already-digitized online collections.
Among the 16 Sacramento-related videos that are online:
* News report on Robert Kennedy's campaign stop at the Sacramento Municipal Airport. May 16, 1968
* News report on the United Farm Workers protest in Sacramento. April 10, 1966.
* Interview with Gov. Ronald Reagan. Jan. 16, 1969.
* Press conference with Secretary of State Jerry Brown. April 9, 1970.
IMAGE CREDIT: Robert Kennedy shakes hands with well-wishers at the Sacramento Municipal Airport. From the May 16, 1968 news report by CBS5 KPIX-TV.