The materials in this collection relate to the life and art career of Friedolin Edward Kessler. The materials consist of personal
papers, photographic reproductions of his art, and a few original art pieces.
The artist, Friedolin Kessler (1913-1995), was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 12, 1913, and was the only son of Czech
and German parents. At age sixteen, he enrolled in art school at Washington University in St. Louis. After he graduated, he
joined the Missouri Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Then in 1936, he was relocated to California with his camp, where
they settled in the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park. As the resident artist, the CCC hired him to document life in the
work camp. His specialty was linoleum cuts, though he also created paintings, wood art, and mosaics. In 1938, he took a bicycle
trip to photograph and then sketch every California Mission, later producing linoleum cuts of each mission. Those prints were
exhibited around California, including at the Golden Gate International Exposition at Treasure Island and the Palace of the
Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
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permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not
intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions
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