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Kessler Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Collection number: MS-107

Scope and Contents

Charles and Jeannette Kessler donated 140 items, from antique Ban Chiang pottery, antique textiles to Tibetian photographs. Jeannette Kessler was an avid collector of antique textiles.  Some pieces she bought to show and some she had made into clothes.  In all over 60 textiles from South East Asia are part of this collection.

Charles Kessler made several trips to Tibet in 1999 and 2000.  Kessler, an amateur photographer, was fascinated by the people he met there and created a photography exhibit, “Faces of Tibet” which has been exhibited in galleries previously.  These are 67 images from that exhibit that are part of this collection.  The photographs were taken with a LeichaM6 Camera on his travels.  


  • Acquired: 2011-02-25

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


4.0 Boxes

9.8 Gigabytes

4 items



Source of Acquisition

Jeanette G. Kessler

Method of Acquisition

signed deeds of gift, one 2/25/2011 and one 7/8/2011 for items in the Kessler Collection

Appraisal Information

1 PC Kain Tompan Kalianda from Sumatra, over 100 years old. 1 Guinsing Red from Tanganan Bali, over 90 years old. 3 Ban Chiang Vases ranging from 1650 to 3000 years old. 9 books, 1 trunk of Indonesian weavings, items form Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mynamar

Accruals and Additions

A folder entitled Ban Chiang Pottery, Kessler Collection is in the Director's office. It contains recipts and certificates of authenticity for the Ban chiang pottery found in the Kessler Collection. Articles about the legal issues surrounding Ban Chiang Pottery are also in the folder. Photographs of the pottery are there. Reciepts for two pieces of tapestry (framed on 1st floor Odum Library) with valuations are in a folder titled Kessler Tapestry Appraisals Reports, Info. There are also articles about each type of tapestry. The folder is in the Director's office. Folder with signed deeds of gift, correspondence, and obituary for C. Kessler in a folder titled Kessler Collection, Obit, correspondence etc. deed of gift is in folder in director's office. Contains contact information. Folder titled Kessler Collection(copied from file returned to Mrs. Kessler) contains reciepts, appraisals and photographs of textiles in the collection. There is also a paperback book "Ban Chiang: Art and Prehistory of Northeast Thailand" in the folder. There is a folder entitler "Faces of Tibet" Kessler collection which contains an artists statement and technical data of the photographs. There is also an envelope with framable prints of two photographs from Faces of Tibet. These are in the director's office.

Other Descriptive Information

Digitized Images: Faces of Tibet

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-05-01: Revised for DACS compliance by Douglas Carlson.

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Valdosta State University Archives, Odum Library
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta GA 30601 United States
229-259-5055 (Fax)