SJSU has a large collection of historical photographic materials that document daily life in the Bay Area from 1910 to the present, as well as a large collection documenting the history of the university. Not all of our collections have been cataloged, including the Thomas King Slide Collection, Gerald L. French Photographic Collection, Emerson Shaw Photographic Collection, and miscellaneous collections. For more information about our holdings, please contact the Department Reading Room at 408/808-2062.
San Jose State Normal School, c. 1880
Photo of Fruit Canning Factory, San Jose
The John C. Gordon Photographic collection documents the history of
Photograph of SJSU Football Player, c. 1950s
The Bill Regan Photograph Collection documents San Jose State University (SJSU) from 1937 to 1953. The images chronicle a variety of campus events, sports, students, staff and faculty members. The collection consists of photographs and negatives.
Photo of Gay Pride Parade, San Jose
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 Jose 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 Jose & Santa Clara County (2002), personal papers, photographs and negatives depicting gay and lesbian life in San Jose, published and unpublished essays, and materials related to the San Jose Gay Pride Committee.