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Black Americana Collection
MSS.2015.01.15  
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Photographic Materials Series I : 1910-2008

Physical Description: 1.0 Box

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.
This series contains photographic materials, over-sized photgraphic prints, and albums from 1910-2008.

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Files are arranged alphabetically by format.
 

Printed Materials Series II : 1889-2008

Physical Description: 1.0 oversize box

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.
Series also consists of printed fans, programs, pamphlets, marketing images, postcard books, and information cards datihng from 1915 to 2002.

Arrangement

This series is loosely arranged by format.
 

Textiles and Three-dimensional Objects, Series III : 1887-2000

Physical Description: 1.0 Box

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.