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Guide to the Black Americana Collection
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Series I :  Photographic Materials circa 1910-2008 (bulk 1980-2008)

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series consist of photographs focused on the African American experience. Included are photographs of African American subjects and political rallies taken by Ted Sahl, as well as a small photographic album that features African Americans living in Santa Cruz during the 1950s, and miscellaneous photographs taken by others. Sahl photographed African American schools, churches, community celebrations, and famous celebrities. Other photographs include political events such as the SJSU African American Faculty and Staff Association political marches and outreach events.
Box one contains one folder of miscellaneous photographs, and three binders. Sahl's original albums have been rehoused in archival binders. Number one depicts African Americans in Santa Cruz, which Sahl purchased from a local antique shop. The title of the album is "Jessie May" and dates between 1940-1950. Album number two is dated March 13, 2007, and includes newspaper articles on black gay veterans and the military "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Clay Wilson, a Korean War veteran, is featured in the article, and there are photographos of Marie Johson Calloway, a local African American artist. Album number three documents SJSU African American faculty and the student association protest for equal opportunity in higher education. It also includes images taken by Sahl of the Cesar Chavez monument opening ceremony on Sept. 4, 2008 at SJSU, and images of celebrities such as Angela Davis, Tom Bradley (former mayor of Los Angeles), Reverend Jessie Jackson, Bishop Tutu, Willie Brown, and OJ and Nicole Simpson.


Files are arranged alphabetically by format.
Box 1

Photographs and Album circa 1940-1950, 1980-2008

Box 2

Oversized Photographic Prints circa 1910,1980-2008


Series II :  Printed Materials 1889-2008 circa 1930-2000

Physical Description: 3 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of magazines, postcards, and news clippings. A wide variety of attitudes towards African Americans throughout the twentieth century are represented within this series including Jim Crow era postcards and materials that celebrate the contributions of African American artists, writers and politicians in American society. A small collection of sheet music is included in this series varying from "negro spirituals" to "minstrel music" and tunes made popular by African American singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. Other notable materials include original "Coon Chicken" advertisements, a small collection of paper advertising fans depicting African Americans. Examples include a fan of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a "Darkie Toothpaste" advertisement fan.


This series is loosely arranged by format.
Box 3

Postcard albums circa 1920-1950

Box 4

News clippings, printed fans, programs, pamphlets, sheet music 1889-2008

Box 5

Marketing images, postcard books, information cards 1915-2002


Series III :  Textiles and Three-dimensional Objects, n.d.

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of textiles, dolls, and ceramic figurines that depict African Americans. Included is a Sambo rag doll, a Mr. T doll, and a toy car produced by Disney for the amusement park ride "Autotopia" featuring a black figurine driver and rider.
Box 6

Dolls and ceramic figurines n.d.

Box 7

Textiles, button, toy car, 1887-2000