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About this collection

Background

Friedolin Kessler, (1913-1995), was the resident artist of the Almaden Quick Silver camp hired to document life in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). His forte was linoleum cuts, but he also worked with oil and acrylic, as well as having talent in wood art and mosaics. In 1938 he took a bicycle trip visiting every California Mission in the state, which he sketched and photographed and later produced beautiful linoleum cuts of each mission. The resulting prints were exhibited around California and at the World’s Fair in Treasure Island and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.

The Collection

All of the linolem block prints contained in this collection have been digitized, though a physical bound book of the Mission greeting cards is of note within the collection. For additional information about using the images in this collection, please contact the SJSU Special Collections Department.

 
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