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Ted Sahl Collection
MSS-2001-01-01  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Ted Sahl Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1976-2001
    Accession number: MSS-2001-01-01
    Creator: Sahl, Ted
    Collection Size: 11 cartons 27 boxes 3 oversize boxes (19 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University LibrarySpecial Collections & Archives
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: This collection documents the career of photojournalist Theodore (Ted) Sahl. Sahl spent the majority of his career documenting social and political events in the Bay Area. The bulk of this collection documents his photographic work with the gay and lesbian community in San José and the Bay Area from 1976-2001. The collection includes background research and working drafts of Sahl's book From Closet to Community: A Quest for Gay and Lesbian Liberation in San José & Santa Clara County (2002), personal papers, photographs and negatives depicting gay and lesbian life in San José, published and unpublished essays, and materials related to the San José Gay Pride Committee.
    Physical location:

    Vault 2, Range 2B
    Languages:

    Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the collection. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files from or derived from these collections is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Ted Sahl Collection, MSS-2001-01-01, San José State University Library, Special Collections & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the San José State University Library by Theodore (Ted) Sahl, October 12, 2001.

    Processing Information

    Processing and finding aid by SJSU Special Collections & Archives Staff, reviewed by Danelle Moon. Guide encoded by Russell Rader, 2006

    Biographical History

    Theodore (Ted) Sahl is an award winning photographer in San José, California. Sahl has spent the last 30 years as a photojournalist, documenting social and political events in the Bay Area. Although best known for his involvement with the gay and lesbian community (GLBT), he also covered the anti-nuclear demonstrations at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, and the Farm Labor Strikes that occurred during the 1970's.
    Sahl's long time association with the GLBT community began in 1978 after a bitter dispute took place between the gay community and members of the Christian right. Local Christian groups were upset over the San José City Council's decision to issue a proclamation in support of Gay Pride Week. While the Christian groups mobilized against the City Council, the gay community held a rally in support of Gay Pride Week. Intrigued by the grassroots activism and interested in recording the event, Sahl attended the protest and thereby launched a life long career documenting the GLBT community.
    Initially, the GLBT community distrusted Sahl's motives as a heterosexual outsider. At that time, many individuals in the gay community were still "closeted" and did not wish to be photographed. Over the next three decades however, Sahl gained the trust of the GLBT community and today is widely recognized for his work as a photojournalist and as an outspoken advocate for gay rights.
    Sahl served as the staff photographer for a number of local GLBT newspapers including the Lambda News, South Bay Times, Our Paper and Valley Views. His photographs have appeared in a number of works, including a 1999 San José Mercury News documentary on the city's lesbian and gay community, entitled "A Community of One." In 1981, the San Francisco Cable Car Award Association nominated Sahl for an award in photojournalism. He was also the recipient of an honorable mention in Advocate magazine's National Photo Contest in the "People" category and has the distinction of being the only heterosexual to ever become the President of the Board of the San José Gay Pride Celebration Committee.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the career of photojournalist Ted (Theodore) Sahl, who spent the majority of his career documenting social and political events in the Bay Area through photography. The bulk of this collection documents his photographic work with the gay and lesbian community in San José and the Bay Area from 1976-2001.
    The collection contains approximately 6,000 photographic images of the GLBT community. The collection also includes working drafts of Sahl's book, From Closet to Community: A Quest for Gay and Lesbian Liberation in San José & Santa Clara County (2002), personal papers, oral histories, a brief selection of Sahl's published and unpublished essays, and materials from the Jose Gay Pride Committee (1976-2001, 1995-1997(bulk)). In addition, the collection contains political materials and memorabilia from the San José gay community such as local gay and lesbian newsletters and papers, newspaper clippings, political buttons, programs, flyers, bulletins, and magazines.

    Arrangement

    The Ted Sahl Collection consists of seven series: Series I: Personal Papers; Series II: Community Events, Organizations and Politics; Series III: Photographs & Negatives; Series IV: Audiotapes; Series V: Plaques & Ephemera; Series VI: Oversized Materials: Series VII: Morgue (GLBT Reference Materials); Appendix A: Index of Negatives.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sahl, Ted
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Photojournalists
    Gays -- Political activity -- California -- San José
    Gays -- Political activity -- California -- Santa Clara County
    Gays -- California -- San José -- History
    Gays -- California -- Santa Clara County -- History
    Gay liberation movement -- California -- San José
    Gay liberation movement -- California -- Santa Clara County
    Gays -- California -- San José -- Photographs
    Gays -- California -- Santa Clara County -- Photographs
    Gay pride parades -- California -- San José
    Coming out (Sexual orientation) -- California -- Santa Clara County
    Antinuclear movement -- California -- Livermore
    Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers -- California