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Guide to the Ted Sahl Social Justice Collection
MSS.2010.10.25  
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Series I: Peaceful Protests: Anti-Nuclear 1980-2007 1980-2007

Physical Description

6 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series primarily documents Ted Sahl's photographic essays of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory anti-nuclear demonstrations that took place in the 1980s, as well as other blockades, demonstrations, and arrests associated with anti-war protest at United States Naval Bases, and nuclear power plants. These photographs provide a visual representation of the peace and anti-nuclear war movements in the Bay Area in the 1980s. Collectively each photographic essay provides a snap-shot view of civil rights activism and the struggle for freedom of speech in the late 20th century. A notable example is the "Family Day Demonstration" where protestors dressed up as skeletons to illustrate the fatally detrimental effects of poisonous radiation. Additionally, there are photographic images of anti-nuke and anti-war demonstration prayer vigils to honor the Japanese victims of the Hiroshima atomic bombing by the United States military at the end of World War II (See box 4 oversized photographs). Scholars interested in the history of anti-war and anti-nuclear campaigns will find visual representations of peace activists and organizers of the Livermore Action Group and other organizations connected to the San José Peace and Justice Center. This series includes print copies of the San José Peace Times newsletter published by South Bay Mobilization Activists. A unique find within this series is "Songs to Rock the Nation!" written by protestors from the Vandenberg Air Force Base U.S. strike weapons in 1983. These protests brought ordinary people together with high profile celebrities such as Martin Sheen and Joan Baez. Sheen participated in the Vandenberg protest and was eventually arrested. He is well known as an social justice activist. (See box 3)

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date. Note that the original essays have been removed from the plastic binders and re-housed in archival boxes and folders. Ted Sahl's original photographic essay, number, title, and number of photos are generally included in front of each folder, and may include negatives.
 

Box 1-3: Photographic Essays

 

Box 1

 

File 1: Continue Straight Archives Only: Social Activism 1980-2006

 

File 2: San Jose Peace Center History 1982-2007

 

File 3: Diablo Nuclear Plant Essay 1980-1987

 

File 4: No Wars! No Intervention! 1980-2005

 

Box 2

 

File 5: John Lemnitizer Charged with Blockading Lawrence Livermore Laboratory 1982

 

File 5: Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory 1982-1996

 

File 6: Anti-Nuke War Demonstration 1984-1988

 

File 7: Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory Protest 1982-2003

 

Box 3

 

File 8: Diablo Nuclear Power Plant Protesting to Stop Plant from Operating 1980-1987

 

File 9: Diablo Nuclear Power Plant 1981-1987

 

File 10: Tour of Shame Essay, Livermore Action Group (LAG) circa 1980's

 

File 11: Vanderberg AirForce Base Protest of U.S.A. Strike Weapons 1982-2001

 

Boxes 4-5: Oversized Photographs, Anit-Nuclear Protests 1980-2007

 

Box 6: News clippings (original and photocopies), news releases, articles, pamphlets, legislation and campaign initiatives, and published works on direction action 1981-2002

 

File 1: A Book titled "Direct Action" by Luke Hauser 1985

 

File 2: Binder with Newspaper Clippings, Correspondence, and Printed Matter

 

File 3: Newsletters, Ted Sahl Notes, poetry, Miscellaneous brochures

 

File 4: Newspaper Clippings,Miscellaneous Printed Matter 1982-2000

 

File 5: San Jose Peace Times Newsletter 1982-2004

 

File 6: Publication titled "Diablo Blockade"

 

File 7: Publication titles " Listen to our Hearts Song, Women in Jail for Peace"

 

Series II:Culture, Society and Politics 1970-2009 1970-2009

Physical Description

9 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series provides a visual representation of culture, society, and politics in the South Bay and beyond, and includes a significant body of images of Native Americans, Hispanic laborers, and African-American communities. Some of the primary examples include images of Native American burial grounds, the Watsonville Cannery and Farm workers Strikes, the Freedom Train in San José, the Klu Klux Klan protest in St. James Park, and images of anonymous homeless people. In addition, local festivals, social gatherings, university events, organizational rallies, and political protests are well represented. There are also several images of local and national politicians and celebrities. Some examples include Joan Baez, Tom Bradley, Jerry Brown, Cesar Chavez, Don Edwards, Jerry Falwell, Geraldine Ferraro, Jane Fonda, Jesse Jackson, Harvey Milk, Norman Mineta, O.J. and Nicole Simpson, Martin Sheen, and Bishop Tutu.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date. Note that the original essays have been removed from the plastic binders and re-housed in archival boxes and folders. Ted Sahl's original photographic essay, number, title, and number of photos are generally included in front of each folder, and may include negatives.
 

Boxes 7-9: Photographic Essays 1980-2007

 

Box 7

 

File 1: Native American Indians, Circa 1980's circa 1980's

 

File 2: Eight Homeless and Street People(San jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz) 1985-2002

 

File 3: Festivals, Social Issues, Protest U.S. Intervention in Central America 1977-1982

 

File 4: A Watsonville Canning Strike, Western Workers Service Association ( W.W.S.A.) 1985-1986

 

File 5: San Jose Hispanic Community 1982-2006

 

File 6: (Negatives Only) San Jose Political Council and Northern Californians Central Democratic Dinner

 

File 7: Social and Political Photos

 

File 8: Commercial "Non-Gay" Work

 

File 9: Annual San Jose New Years Parade, LGBT members of Vietnamese Community Marchin in Parade ( Negatives Enclosed)

 

Box 8

 

File 10: San Jose Hispanic Community 1976-1990

 

File 11: San Jose Political Council and Northern Californians Central Democratic Dinner 1976-1990

 

File 12: Anita Duarte, Two Essays: Business Woman, Feminist+Activist/ Political Office/ Aid for a Farm Worker's Plight 1979-1982

 

File 12: Contra Leader Visits USA to Raise Funds for Reagan Freedom Fighters Circa 1980's

 

File 13: California...Poltical Office Holders (Non Gay Inidividuals-Activists Plus) Circa 1980's

 

File 14: Celebrities Portraits

 

File 15: Essays of Celebrity Activists Involved in Social Protests 1977-1985

 

File 16: Dave Carranza, S.J. City Council Testifying: Favor a Marriage

 

File 17: Mr. J. Bradley

 

File 18: Santa Clara City Council Person

 

File 19: Reverand Cecil Williams

 

Box 9

 

File 20: U.S. Freedom Train Stops in San Jose Circa 1970's

 

File 21: Nineteen Major San Jose Events: Social and Political 1977-1989

 

File 22: KKK Rally and Recruiting in St. James Park; Turned into a Bloody Riot, 22 demonstrators attended

 

File 23: KKK Rally, Extra Photos

 

File 24: San Francisco, Weed-in Proponents to Legalize Pot in California 1982

 

File 25: Apartheid Protests and Blockades at UC Berkeley 1983-1985

 

File 26: Loaves and Fishes, St. Patrick's Church in San jose, Tradition Feeding of SJ needy during Christmas 1981-1989

 

File 27: Extra pictures of Loaves and Fishes, St. Patrick's Church in San jose, Tradition Feeding of SJ needy during Christmas

 

File 28: Miscellaneous Cultue, Society, and Politics

 

Boxes 10-15: Oversized Photographs 1970s-1980s

 

Box 16: News clippings (original and photocopies), articles, pamphlets, published works, and other correspondence 1986-2008

 

File 29: Several Publications, " Many Tickets But No Train" by Dr. Randall C. Jimenez, "Matlovich, The Good Soldier" by Mike Hippler, and a copy of of San Jose Studies Journal, Volume 20, Number 2- A Special Issue In Memory of Cesar Chavez

 

File 30: Newspaper titled, " Revolution, voice of the revolutionary communist party, USA" published September 24,2006 2006

 

File 30: March/Rally for peace flyers 2007

 

File 31: Newspaper clippings regarding the move to rename a stretch of Story Road in San Jose, California "Little Saigon" 2003-2008

 

File 32: Folder of printed matter relating to the 2004 Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference 2004

 

File 33: Publication relating to The Annual Human Relations Awards Breakfast titled " Unleashing the power of Peace" 2008

 

File 34: Special Commemorative Issue of "Washington Sqaure" regarding the 150th anniversary of the founding of San Jose State University 2007

 

File 35: Printed matter documenting Ly Tong, a vietnamese activist 1984-2007

 

File 36: Printed matter relating to the Hispanic community in San jose 2001-2007

 

Series III: LGBT Identity Politics 1970-2010 1970-2010

Physical Description

26 boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

his series documents the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the South Bay and the larger San Francisco Bay Area. The photographic content is quite diverse and it provides a long-term view of the South Bay LGBT community, from the early bar scenes, drag queen culture, to the political activism surrounding gay rights and gay marriage. Some of the most compelling images document AIDS epidemic victims, and include head shots of the faces of men and women who died from the disease. The printed materials provide documentation on the Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy (ILRM) of San José Inc., a non-profit organization committed to fostering equal rights, promoting a positive image of the LGBT community, and providing charitable support to gay and straight organizations in Santa Clara County. Founded in 1990, the IRLM has distributed over $100,000 to local organizations. They raise money through gay balls and drag queen coronations, stage shows, and other events. The balls prominently featured the spirit of the "Drag Queen" culture and they worked closely with the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center. This segment illustrates the connections between LGBT organizations and the importance of networking in the community. Other images document some of the LGBT political icons in Northern California. There are a number of photographs of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay candidate to be elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and of Robert Reformer, author, musician, and LGBT activist. The printed matter includes brochures, flyers, programs, news clippings, newspapers, pamphlets, and miscellany. Other unpublished essays and ephemera complement the numerous periodicals including On Out Now, A&U American AIDs, and newspapers and newsletters made popular among many LGBT organizations. The newsletters, magazines, and photographs represented here reflect the local grass roots activism and lifestyles, from the counterculture revolution of the 1970s to the impact of the AIDS epidemic in the South Bay. The Voices of C.A.R.E., People Living with HIV and AIDS, and the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDs Resources Emergency Act are also documented here.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date. Note that the original essays have been removed from the plastic binders and re-housed in archival boxes and folders. Ted Sahl's original photographic essay, number, title, and number of photos are generally included in front of each folder, and may include negatives. Please note that some of the photographic content in this series may contain partial nudity and/or graphic material.
 

Boxes 17-23: Photographic Essays 1970-2010 1970-2010

 

Box 17

 

File 1: LGBT Photos, Box #1 of 2 1977-2008

 

File 2: LGBT Photos, Book #2 of 2 1984-2008

 

Box 18

 

File 3: LGBT Herstory Essay 1977-1980

 

File 4: Ms. Nude San Jose Contest Pageant Circa 1982

 

File 5: A Mixture of LGBT Life 2005-2007

 

File 6: Doantion for Ted Sahl Archives: Peter Hilton Memorabilia, SJ LGBT Community 2007

 

File 7: Lifetime Essay on Robert Reformer of : Author, Musician,Activist, much loved icon of LGBT Community in Northern California No Dates

 

Box 19

 

File 8: First LGBT National March on Washington D.C 1979

 

File 9: LGBT Faces of AIDS 1980-2007

 

File 10: SJ Holy Union and SJ Kuyprt Family Portrait 1990

 

File 11: SJ Holy Union and SJ Kupyer Family Portrait and Johnie Staggs 1990

 

File 12: Lambda News, First LGBT Press Editor: Dan Relic

 

File 13: LGBT Desperado Owners John Snell loses lease moves to SJ opens Club St. John in SJ

 

File 14: Mr. Joddy ~Hairstylist( Actor, Activist, Stage Entertainer)

 

Box 20

 

File 15: Master Negatives- LGBT Archives/ Move to 938 The Alameda Building 2001-2006

 

File 16: Master Negatives- LGBT Archives/ Move to 938 The Alameda Building 2005-2007

 

File 17: Miscellaneous Negatives

 

Box 21

 

File 18: LGBT Community Book two: "Out in the Community" ,the Second Generation 1999-2007

 

File 19: Gay Men's Chorous- SJ City Hall Chambers

 

Box 22

 

File 20: SF Hookers Ball / A Photo Essay Erotic Exotic Ball/ Folsom Steet Fair 1978-1981

 

File 21: Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy Family Court System 1975-2008

 

File 23: 38th Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy Coronation 2009

 

File 24: 39th Imperial Royal Lion Monarchy Coronation( No Emperor/ Empress Elected) 2010

 

File 25: Empress Tanya Luna Shots

 

Box 23

 

File 26: Billy De Frank Family Group for Anniversary~25th Celebration 1970-1980

 

File 27: Billy De Frank Family Group/ For Anniversary~25th Celebration

 

File 28: "From Closest to Community" Book One LGBT

 

File 29: Pearl, a Transgendered Person in U.S/ Allessandra a Transsexual person in SJ

 

File 30: Jenny , Drag Queen -Mini Essay

 

File 31: Non Gay Topics 2008-2009

 

Boxes 24-29: Photo Boxes and Albums 1970-2010

 

Boxes 30-31: Oversized Photographs Undated

 

Box 32: Framed Photographs 1977-2009

 

Boxes 33-37: News clippings, newsletters, flyers, programs, brochures, pamphlets, and miscellany 1999-2009

 

Box 38: Magazines 2002-2006

 

Box 39: Published healthcare resources and personal stories from LGBT community

 

Box 40-41: VHS,Cassettes, CDs undated

 

Box 42-43: Colorful Ephemra (from Gay Pride Week) including other related posters and awards undated

 

Series IV: Recreation, Leisure, and the Enviornment 1970-1989

Physical Description

3 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This small series represents Ted Sahl's personal interests and his travel experiences while on vacation. This series is less political in nature and is focused almost entirely on recreation, leisure, and the environment. Sahl captured a variety of sports, including martial arts, flag football, flying, sailing, skate boarding, swimming, and wrestling. This series includes photographic essays, as well as oversized landscape photographs of California, New Mexico, Oregon, Point Lobos, Sante Fe, Tao Pueblo, Tacoma, and Yosemite. Additionally, it contains a number of images of historical figures and "Wild West" reenactments at the San José History Museum in Kelly Park, the Santa Cruz Cooper House, views of jazz musicians from the Los Gatos night clubs, wine festivals, and images taken after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earth Quake.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date. Note that the original essays have been removed from the plastic binders and re-housed in archival boxes and folders. Ted Sahl's original photographic essay, number, title, and number of photos are generally included in front of each folder, and may include negatives. ***Please note that some of the photographic content in this series may contain partial nudity and/or graphic material.
 

Boxes 44-45: Photographic Essays 1970-1989

 

Box 44

 

File 1: Skateboarding, Wrestling, Flag Football, Sail Boats, Airplanes, Swimming,Model Cars, Racing Club, Sports Coverage including Med Fly Spraying in Santa Clara County 1981

 

File 2: Loma Prieta Earthquake, A week in the life of Loma Prieta Earthquake-San Jose, Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, Salinas,and Watsonville 1989

 

File 3: Vacation: California, Oregon, New Mexico 1975-1986

 

File 4: Bay Area Photography Show/Annual S.F. North Beach Photo Fair 1978-1980

 

File 5: Negatives of Series IV

 

Box 45

 

File 6: San Jose History Museum 1970-1984

 

File 7: San Jose Theater and Stage Plays 1972-1984

 

File 8: Jazz Musicians Santa Cruz Cooper House, Los Gatos Night Club and Wine Festival 1978-1989

 

File 9: Blooming FLowers, The Alameda , SJ (Grand Opening) undated

 

File 10: Theater undated

 

File 11: Holiday Park undated

 

File 12: Miscellaneous Photos undated

 

Box 46: Oversized Photos undated

 

Series V: Ted Sahl--The Man, 1976-2010 1976-2010

Physical Description

10 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series documents the personal life of Ted Sahl--artist, photographer, researcher, and writer. The materials in this series include his personal writings, which include poetry and a draft copy of his book From Closet to Community, memorabilia, business logs, miscellaneous photographic essays, and art work, including self portraits.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date. Note that the original essays have been removed from the plastic binders and re-housed in archival boxes and folders. Ted Sahl's original photographic essay, number, title, and number of photos are generally included in front of each folder, and may include negatives.
 

Box 47: Photographic Essays

 

File 1: Personal Photos of Ted Sahl including Self-Portraits 1970s-2000

 

File 2: Ted Sahl: A Memorie 2001

 

File 3: " Ted Sahl Collects Ted Sahl" 1976-2007

 

File 4: Ted Sahl 2006 IRLM RE: Investiture

 

File 5: Ted Sahl Headshots

 

File 5: Miscellaneous Ted Sahl Photographs

 

File 6: "One Man Shows" Grand Opening of Ted Sahl Gallery 1970

 

File 7: Ted Sahl Artworks and Studio

 

File 8: Miscellaneous Negatives

 

Boxes 48-49: Oversized Photos undated

 

Boxes 50-54: Personal Papers: "My Sources", "Critical Tool's for My Work", awards, journals, poetry, artwork, self-portraits, and albums containing news articles 1975-2010

 

Box 55: "From Closet to Community" (first draft, working copy, and editor's copy) 2000

 

Box 56: Handwritten notes and logs used by Ted Sahl for business purposes