The Black Americana Collection is a collection of photographs, printed materials, textiles, and three-dimensional objects
related to the African American experience in northern California, and collected by Ted Sahl, a photo-journalist who practiced
in San Jose.
Theodore (Ted) Sahl is an award-winning local photographer in San José, California. Sahl spent over 30 years documenting social
and political events in the Bay Area through photojournalism. Although best known for his involvement with the Santa Clara
County lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, Sahl photographed other social movements in the
region, including the anti-nuclear demonstrations at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, Cesar Chavez and the Farm
Labor Strikes in the 1970s-1980s, and the African American community in Santa Clara County. A champion of social justice,
Sahl, used photography to document and empower marginalized communities.
(4.5 linear feet)
Copyright has been assigned to San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission
to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections & Archives. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions
also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational
The collection is open for research.