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1887-2008 (Bulk 1980-2000)

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The Black Americana Collection 1887-2008 (bulk 1980-2000) is a collection of photographs, printed materials, textiles, andthree-dimensional objects. The formats include historic postcards, news clippings, programs, sheet music, textiles, dolls, and figurines relatedto the African American experience. Some of these materials project racist attitudes towards the community during the 20th century. TedSahl, photo-journalist and collector, has documented the African American community in San Jose since the 1970s. The photographicmaterials include images of celebrities political rallies, and social events in San Jose, as well as a small photographic album that featuresAfrican Americans living in Santa Cruz during the 1940s-1950s. The historic post-card collection illustrates the racists attitudes during the eraof Jim Crow. This eclectic collection of black americana documents the struggles, achievements, and contributions of the African Americancommunity in American society and culture. This collection is arranged into three (3) series: Series I: Photographic Materials; Series II:Printed Materials; Series III: Textiles and Three-dimensional Objects

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The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

African Americans in popular culture. African Americans -- Race identity.
African Americans -- Collectibles.
Racism in popular culture -- United States.
Sahl, Ted

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