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Guide to the KOVR-TV film collection
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The KOVR-TV Film Collection documents the work of Sacramento's then ABC television affiliate from 1967 to 1981. The bulk of the collection contains day-to-day news stories. KOVR, with bureaus in both Sacramento and Stockton, focused on events within Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties. KOVR-TV is the oldest continuously operating television station in the Sacramento region having started broadcasting on September 5, 1954.
385 linear feet (352 boxes)
All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to the archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
The collection is open for research under the terms of use of the Center for Sacramento History, City of Sacramento. The migration of requested film to a digital format for use may be required and may need specialized third party vendor services. If the Center does not own an access copy, the cost of migration, to be paid fully by patron, will include 1) any necessary preservation efforts upon the original film, 2) a master digital file to be retained by the Center, and 3) a digital access file to be retained by the Center. The access file will be shared with the requesting patron upon completion of digitization; sharing of the the master file is contingent upon licensing. Pricing and project time-frame will be quoted upon request. Note that the length of time for migration of the film depends on vendor services and the payment for these services by the party requesting the digitization. News director’s cue sheets of the daily news films are available from 1965 through 1980. The daily cue sheets are chronological and list the film captured each day. Since the collection currently has limited subject indexes, dates provide the best access to the collection. Whenever possible, requests for footage should include a date.