Local news film (16mm) reels, shot between 1965 and 1980, both silent and with sound, taken by KNTV cameramen. They include
black-and-white and color footage, and are accompanied by newscast scripts and film storage logs. The films for 1970-1975
were not included in the original donation and were likely destroyed at the time.
KNTV began in 1955 as the first independent television station in San José. In 1960, it became an ABC affiliate, but maintained
a reputation for strong local news and entertainment programming. Throughout this period, KNTV news continued to focus on
local news for the South Bay and an emerging “Silicon Valley,” and Monterey and Salinas--a region distinct from San Francisco-Oakland,
or the North Bay. KNTV was sold to Landmark Communications in 1978, and in 2002, became a NBC station and later moved out
of San Jose.
4700 films and 22 linear feet of scripts
The scripts are available to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library & Archives. Only films that
have been digitized are available for viewing.