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Friedolin Edward Kessler Art Collection
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Series I: Linoleum Block Prints, 1935-1938

Physical Description: 1.0 Folio Drawers

Scope and Content of Series

This series consists of forty-seven linoleum block prints (thirty-five 35 10x8 four 12x14). The 10x8 prints document famous landmarks in Santa Clara County, including the famous light tower, Stanford Memorial Chapel, Santa Clara University, Alum Rock Part, Santa Clara Court House, and the California State Capitol Building in San Jose, San Jose Normal School, and the Winchester House. The 12x14 prints depict Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers, including that of a CCC boy, a fire-line, forest conservation and youth conservation workers. Kessler joined the CCC in Missouri and his unit was transferred to California, settling in the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park. He became the resident camp artist and the CCC images represeent the forcefullness of New Deal art.


This series is arranged by title.

Folder 1, Early Automobile in San Jose 1938


Folder 2, Auzerais House 1938


Folder 3, Alum Rock Park 1938


Folder 4, California’s First State Capitol, San Jose 1938


Folder 5, Electric Tower—San Jose 1938


Folder 6, Horse Car on the Alameda 1938


Folder 7, Lick Observatory 1938


Folder 8, Mission San Francisco de Asis, Delores 1938


Folder 9, Santa Clara College 1938


Folder 10, Santa Clara County Court House 1938


Folder 11, San Jose State Normal School 1938


Folder 12, Stanford Memorial Chapel 1938


Folder 13, YWCA—San Jose 1938


Folder 14, Winchester Mystery House 1938


Folder 15, "CCC Boy," 12x14 1935


Folder 16, "The Fireline" 12x14 1935


Folder 17, "Forest Conservation," 12x 14 1935


Folder 18, "Youth Conservation," 12x14 1935


Series II: California Missions Greeting Cards Book, 1938

Scope and Content of Series

This series consists of Kessler’s bicycle journey across California in 1938 where he sketched and photographed every mission from Sonoma to San Diego. He spent a full year creating linoleum cuts of each mission. Each of the missions are represented in a hard-bound wood sample book entitled“The California Missions Greeting Cards Book,” and the resulting prints were exhibited in California and at the World’s Fair in Treasure Island, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. The book consists of 22 pages and each linoleum cut includes the name of the mission.

Page 1, Mission Santa Clara de Asis 1938


Page 2, Mission San Carlos de Berrmeo Carmel 1938


Page 3, Mission San Jose 1938


Page 4, Mission San Miguel Arcangel 1938


Page 5, Mission San Juan Bautista


Page 6, Mission San Buenaventura 1938


Page 7, Mission Santa Barbara 1938


Page 8, Mission San Fernando Rey 1938


Page 9, Mission San Louis Rey 1938


Page 10, Mission La Purisima Concepcion 1938


Page 11, Mission Santa Cruz 1938


Page 12, Mission Santa Inez 1938


Page 13, Mission San Diego de Allcala 1938


Page 14, Mission San Juan Capistrano 1938


Page 15, Mission San Francisco de Asis, Delores 1938


Page 16, Mission Asistencia San Antonia de Pala


Page 17, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa 1938


Page 18, Mission San Gabriel Arcangel 1938


Page 19, Mission San Antonio de Padua 1938


Page 20, Royal Presidio Chapel, Monterey 1938


Page 21, Mission Soledad 1938


Page 22, Mission San Francisco Solona 1938


Series III: San Jose Art League Exhibit Poster Boards, 1940-1977

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content of Series

This final series consists of four exhibit posters highlighting the work of the San Jose Art League through Mercury News clippings dated between the years 1940-1977.

Exhibit Poster Boards 1940-1977