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Charles H. Kessler Family papers

Identifier: MS 053


This collection consists of correspondence between members of the Jewish-American Kessler family of Pottstown, Pennsylvania dating from the World War II period (1940-1946). Also included in the collection are newspapers and other items relating the war and the Kessler Family. The bulk of the collection includes the letters to home written by father David, and sons Charles and Robert Kessler while the three served in the armed forces of the United States. Particularly poignant are the materials relating to Robert who died in German captivity in April 1945.


  • 1935-1948,
  • Majority of material found within 1943-1945


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..


.5 Linear feet (1.5 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into six groups: the first four groups consists of correspondence and documents relating to a specific family member (David, Charles, Robert, and Anna) and the remaining two include newspapers and miscellaneous letters and items. Members of the family include: parents, David and Anna; sons Robert and Charles; daughters Rita and Rhoda; and the children's aunts and uncles Gene, Irwin, Rose, Sam and Helen.

Ownership and Custodial History

Charles H. Kessler, a 1970 graduate of the Associate Degree Program at Franklin and Marshall College, donated this collection to the College in 2001. The materials were personally collected and maintained by Charles Kessler until that time.

Processing Information

Processing completed August 2001.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States