UCLA Makes Vintage KTLA News Footage Available Online

George Takei Protest - Publicity - S 2016
Courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive

George Takei Protest - Publicity - S 2016

Clips include coverage of visits by Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and actor George Takei protesting nuclear testing.

The public now has the opportunity to view news footage from as far back as 1958 thanks to the creation of an online portal by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

The UCLA KTLA News Project, which launched Friday, contains 100 news clips filmed in Los Angeles between 1958 and 1981 by local television station KTLA. The footage includes coverage of such notable events as visits from Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy, and a protest against nuclear testing in the Aleutian Islands in which Star Trek actor George Takei participated.

Dan Einstein, television archivist of the UCLA archive, said the clips give people a chance to re-experience important events in the city's history.

“Much of the news footage now available for viewing as part of the UCLA KTLA News Project hasn’t been seen since its original television broadcast,” he said in a statement. “This rare footage, shot on 16mm film, provides a unique opportunity to revisit historic snapshots in time in Los Angeles."

The archive, funded by the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, encompasses a variety of local, national and international news. Topics explored include politics, economics, civil rights and women’s activism.

The KTLA project adds to the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s mission of preserving and showcasing video footage. In particular, the archive contains many clips focused on social activism, an asset to those studying the topic, noted Mark Quigley, the manager of the archive’s research and study center.

“Among the clips now online are important stories relevant to social issues and activist concerns in the 1970s,” Quigley said in a statement. “It is our hope that this curated selection of footage will serve as primary source material for the study and understanding of these events and as further compelling evidence of L.A.’s long-held distinction as an epicenter for social change.”

News stories on additional topics will be added to the archive periodically.