Charles N. Kessler papers

Charles N. Kessler papers

Dates: 1863-1919

Includes a series of papers that discuss the adventures of early Montanans. The papers tell stories such as unsuccessful searches for gold on the Porcupine River, encounters with extreme weather conditions, interactions with Indians and the settling of Yellowstone. Also included in the collection is an 84 page checklist for items in the Kessler Library.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kessler, Charles N. (Charles Nickolas), 1874-1957
  • Call Number: MSS 6003
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Charles N. Kessler papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6003; Charles N. Kessler papers; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6003, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1995.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1995.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Mines and Mineral Resources; Montana--History--19th century
Processing Information
Processed; Meghan Mathews; 20 November 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West, (Collection development policy of 19th- 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Kessler (Charles N.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T08:54-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Charles Nickolas Kessler (1874-1957) collected and maintained a personal library and artifact collection of Montana history.

Charles Nickolas Kessler was born on 7 July 1874 in Montana to Nickolas Kessler and Louisa Ebert. In 1891 he began working at his father’s Montana brewery. He later attended a Chicago school where he was involved in the pioneering of scientific brewing methods. He graduated from the school in 1895 after which he returned to Montana and assumed the presidency of the brewery. He was an officer and founding member of the United States Brewers Association and was actively involved in the anti-prohibition movement.

Charles N. Kessler also collected and maintained a rather large personal library and artifact collection of Montana history because of his love for the area. In 1905 he married Sarah Hewett. The family lived in Helena, Montana until 1923 when they moved to Los Angeles where Charles worked as an insurance salesman. In 1933 they returned to Helena for a time to reopen the brewery, although they maintained their home in California simultaneously. Charles N. Kessler died in Los Angeles on 25 October 1957.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts