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Guide to the NewsTrak videotape collection
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The NewsTrak Videotape Collection consists 91 boxes of media coverage collected by the NewsTrak media monitoring firm from various television news stations, public relations firms, and government, corporate and non-profit public relations departments in the Sacramento area between 1987-2006. Media coverage includes media releases by local public relations firm Runyon, Saltzman & Einhorn, coverage of local and state politicians including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson during their terms as California governor, the Rodney King verdict, Proposition 5 on Indian Tribal Gaming, and public relations videos created by corporate and governmental public relations departments such as PG&E, UC Davis Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, and Pacific Bell. The collection has extensive coverage of crime and murder trials in Sacramento in the 1980s-1990s and included footage of serial killers Dorothea Puente, Eric Royce Leonard "Thrill killer," Michelle Cummisky "Batgirl killer," Wesley Shermantine, one of the "Speed Freak Killers," and other murder trials such as Tammy Holycross, Alex Dell Thomas, Erin Rae Kuhn-Brown, Curtis Dean Anderson Jr., Paul Lloyd Hensley, and Ramon Salcido that recieved extensive local and national television coverage. Also included is local Sacramento media coverage of national news events such as the 9/11 bombings and President Bill Clinton's sex scandal and impeachment.
91 linear feet (91 boxes)
All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. 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.
Collection is open for research use.