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UCLA Film & Television Archive’s moving image holdings include the KTLA Newsfilm Collection of local and national news from Los Angeles, California, circa 1958 to 1981.  Despite the significance of television news during this era, many broadcasters did not recognize the historical value of their newsfilm collections and much local footage was discarded by the industry.  KTLA’s donation of its surviving film material and copyright to UCLA is a notable exception.

This unique collection represents an invaluable research resource for a host of disciplines.  The selection of clips here documents local and national issues, covering politics, economics, civil rights and women’s activism, as well as African American, Asian American, Chicano/a/x, Native American and LGBTQ communities.  Additional segments featuring the esteemed former Mayor of Los Angeles, Thomas (Tom) J. Bradley, are also available on our website.

Made possible by a grant from The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation.