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John Kessler Papers

Collection Overview

Title: John Kessler Papers

Predominant Dates:1980-1998

ID: RG 09/9.30

Creator: Kessler, John.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes


John Kessler was commanding officer(first executive officer) of the V-12 officer training school unit at Berea College during WWII.  Kessler also worked to organize reunions of V-12 alumni following the War.

Before and after his service in the Navy, Kessler was an insurance salesman.  In addition to organizing Navy V-12 reunions, Kessler also helped to develop the Navy V-12 Scholarship and the Navy V-12 Award (scholarships recognizing Berea College students who are able leaders and who promote community among their peers).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the papers of John Kessler, commanding officer of the V-12 officer training school unit at Berea College during WWII.  The papers include correspondence regarding V-12 reunions, correspondence with V-12 alumni, copies of articles about and by Kessler, and Kessler's US Navy officer service records.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the collection other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box Identification], RG 09/9.30: John Kessler Papers Records, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Berea, Ky.

Processing Information: Finding aid created 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: John Kessler PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence: V-12 Alumni Reunions, nd; 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: V-12 Alumni Reunions, 1986-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: V-12 Alumni, not regarding reunionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Navy V-12Add to your cart.
Folder 5: V-12 Alumni ReunionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Navy V-12 Alumni RosterAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Kessler's US Navy Officer Service RecordAdd to your cart.