Microfilm & Microfiche
Before digital storage became easy and cheap, microfilm was a way for libraries to maintain large collections of newspapers, government documents, and historical documents while saving physical storage space. The UC Berkeley Libraries still have extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers.
Since each roll of microfilm contains thousands of tiny images of the original pages of a document, you'll need a microfilm reader to magnify the images enough to read them. The UC Berkeley Newspapers and Microforms Department (40 Doe Library) has machines that read, print, and scan images from microfilm and microfiche.
Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.
Follow these links to the OskiCat records for collections of Underground Newspapers relevant to your research.
Guide is shelved with the "Microfilm Guides" in the Newspaper Room as MICROFILM 77553 guide
another copy of the Guide is in the Doe Reference Room, call number AP1.26 .U5
Guide is shelved with the "Microfilm Guides" in the Newspaper Room as MICROFILM 53043 guide
Guide is shelved with the "Microfilm Guides" in the Newspaper Room as MICROFILM 53044 guide
Individual titles may also be searched by title in OskiCat. Searching newspaper titles in OskiCat: The Movie! (40 seconds)
San Francisco Oracle (the original)
San Francisco Oracle (the facsimile)
San Francisco Oracle (the CD-Rom)
Black Panther (microfilm in the Newspaper Room, The Real Thing at the Bancroft)
Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives (library database)
Loading Microfilm: The Movie!
This short video from the University of Kansas Libraries shows a very similar microfilm reader to the ones owned by UC Berkeley -- but it is not exactly the same. If you have any questions, please ask the staff of the Newspapers and Microforms collection!
Scanning from Microfilm
You can save images from microfilm or microfiche to your flashdrive, in pdf or tiff format. You can use the scanning process to improve, crop or otherwise adjust the image-- very useful for old, scratched microfilm.
How to scan microfilm to a flash drive (note: updated instructions coming soon)