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Revisiting and Restoring the Multimedia History of San Francisco's Last African American Community

The “Revisiting and Restoring the Multimedia History of San Francisco's Last African American Community” grant project was a partnership with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL),  Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and San Francisco State University’s Bay Area Television Archive (BATA). The grant projects described below were supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. San Francisco Public Library led the team of community partners, BATA and BAVC, to bring together unique Bayview Hunters Point's historical and cultural materials to preserve, digitize and share through civic engagement, thereby increasing awareness of local history and lifelong learning opportunities.

Shades of Bayview Hunters Point

San Francisco Public Library held Photo Day on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Bayview Branch Library. Over 100 images were copied from community members. The images are being added to the online database and have been published in Shades of Bayview book available for circulation and reference.

San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive

With the grant funds, BATA repaired, re-mastered, digitally preserved and presented 115 local 16mm newsfilm featuring the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Produced by local TV stations between 1956 and 1980 and newly accessible to the public online, this archive provides unique glimpses of a proud community determined to help itself. Watch never before seen footage including Eloise Westbrook, Ruth Williams, Adam Rogers, Mrs. Osceola Washington, Sylvester Brown, Dr. Arthur Coleman and many other community leaders and activists. All available free online: https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/7456

The 1963 documentary film Take this Hammer (the Director's Cut) - featuring writer James Baldwin visiting the Bayview Hunters Point - has also been preserved and made available online. Below is the link to view Take this Hammer (the Director's Cut): https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/216518.

Bay Area Video Coalition

The Bay Area Video Coalition produced a documentary film Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point about the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Point of Pride combines archival footage from the 1950's 60's and 70's from Bay Area Television Archive with present-day viewpoints and reactions to these images from the past to create a compelling portrait of a community marked by struggle and fueled by hope. The film premiered at San Francisco Public Library on June 24, 2014.