Collections

Gado Images works with niche collections around the world to find unique, never before published content and make it available to creatives worldwide. Strong points of Gado Images’ collections include African American History, vernacular photos and snapshots of everyday life, postcards, history of science, medicine and technology, California History, and more.

Afro American Newspapers

Scholars have called this collection one of the best black history collections in the world. It includes images of people and events that celebrate Black History. Aretha Franklin, Coretta Scott King, Harry Belafonte, Jackie Robinson, the Jacksons, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, and Whoopi Goldberg, are just some of the African American civil rights activists, entertainers, and sports figures represented in this collection. Many of the photos feature events that celebrate the everyday life of the community and its members.

Clarence Gatson Collection

This collection contains photos from the personal archive of San Francisco photojournalist Clarence Gatson. From 1975 until his untimely passing in 1992, Mr. Gatson served as photographer and production manager for the Sun Reporter, the paper-of-record for the San Francisco Bay Area’s African-American community. The collection has strong coverage of entertainment and fashion. Mr. Gatson was deeply involved in the Los Angeles entertainment scene, and his photos include candid shots of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and countless other entertainers, many of whom he knew personally.

Smith Collection

The Smith Collection, Gado Images’ wholly-owned archive, contains archival and contemporary images covering diverse topics ranging from science and technology, minorities and immigration, and war to vernacular snapshot photographs, postcards, and ephemera. Strengths include California history, women in history, and the natural sciences.

The Rex Brandt Sketchbooks

This collection from the Laguna College of Art + Design includes images from the sketchbooks of American watercolorist Rex Brandt. Remembered as one of the founders of the California Watercolor movement, Brandt painted vivid landscapes across the world from the mid 1930s through the 1990s, gaining international recognition. Known as a gifted landscape painter, many of Brandt’s most compelling images feature vistas from his travels through Europe.

Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries

Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university, and is considered one of the top research universities in the world. The Special Collections of the university’s Sheridan Libraries, represented by Gado Images, contain thousands of photographs, engravings, lithographs and other visual materials. These materials document the history of the university, including significant scholars, innovations in science and medicine, and contemporary student life. The Libraries’ collections also include hundreds of rare early portraits of African-Americans, a substantial collection of Civil War broadsides, propaganda and promotional posters, and many other unique artifacts.

Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1980, but its strength is its thorough documentation of nineteenth-century America through popular music. Thousands of scores from the collection include striking color lithographs on their covers. Because color lithography predated photography, this collection includes some of the only graphic resources we have to illustrate nineteenth-century America.

Stuart Lutz Collection

Stuart Lutz, a respected authority on autographs and letters, has spent years collecting photographs, ephemera, documents and other artifacts related to the Vietnam War, with a goal of creating the largest private Vietnam War collection in the world. His collection includes rare photographs of leaders like Ho Chi Minh, hundreds of snapshots from soldiers in the field, and images of entertainers like Bob Hope, as well as buttons, posters, signs and other ephemera from the homefront, representing both pro-war and anti-war perspectives.

Elizabeth Morse Collection

Held by collector Elizabeth Morse, the Morse Collection includes thousands of travel and reportage images shot on Kodachrome film from the 1940s to the 1980s. Ms. Morse–an accountant by trade–has exhaustively researched her collection. Each image includes detailed metadata, with provenance data also available. Images from the collection document locations including Afghanistan, the USSR, Cuba and Israel.