Campus: CSU San Jose -- February 22, 2002
Private Collection Of Gay/Lesbian History Donated To
San Jose State University
San José State University has announced that Theodore (Ted)
Sahl, a local award-winning photographer, has donated his collection
of San José gay and lesbian history works to the university library.
This collection is the first historical documentary of the gay and lesbian
movement in the Santa Clara County.
The Ted Sahl Archives is a collection of photographs, negatives, essays,
newsletters, newspapers, magazines, books and the rough drafts of his
new book. These materials provide a historical perspective of the San
José gay and lesbian community between 1977 and 2001.
Sahl is the author of From Closet to Community - A Quest for Gay and
Lesbian Liberation in San José and Santa Clara County, which
will be released this spring. "This historical documentary covers
the gay movement in San José and Santa Clara County - a heart-breaking
struggle which included many victories and defeats," stated Sahl.
"This collection is in keeping with the focus on local and university
history as developed by the SJSU Library Special Collections,"
said Patricia Breivik, dean of the university library. "The Sahl
archives will have a special place within the university's growing collection
of local history."
The collection will be on display at the Library Special Collections
facility at 1875 Senter Road, in San José. The facility is open
to the public on Monday through Friday by calling for an appointment
Sahl served as the staff photographer for the Lambda News, Our Paper,
South Bay Times and Valley Views.His photos have appeared in a number
of other works, including a 1999 San Jose Mercury documentary on the
San José lesbian and gay community, entitled "A Community
of One." In 1981, the San Francisco Cable Car Award Association
nominated Sahl for an award in photo journalism. He was also the recipient
of an honorable mention in Advocate magazine's National Photo Contest
in the people category.
Contact: Nancy L. Stake at 408-924-1166