1. "Let's Learn About Liberia, Third and Fourth Grades," Liberian-United States Joint Commission for Economic Development, A Social Studies Textbook for Third and Fourth Grades in Liberia Schools, printed at the Visual Aids Center of the Liberian Information Service, Monrovia, Liberia, October, 1960.
2. "Gbalia and the Leopard," A Gola Folk Tale, Bai T. Moore. Introduction: All the tribes in Liberia have many interesting folk tales. This one from the Gola country was told by Elder Gandama of Wuedekoa, ear Yangaya. The leading characters of many Gola folk tales are animals. Produced by the Visual Aids Center of the Liberian Information Service.
3. Two copies of "Why Elephant Fears Goat," Joint Commission Reader Series No. 1.
4. "The Primer Writer."
5. "A B C's of Liberia for Second Grade.
6. Two copies of "We Go To School," A Pre-Primer for English Language, Reading - Writing - Numbers.
7. "Writing and Composition, First Grade."
8. "Living in Liberia, 1961," compiled by the United States Country Team in liberia 1961.
9. "Tribes of the Western Province and the Denwoin People, Republic of Liberia Interior Department, Bureau of Folkways, Research Series, 1955.
See also: Kessler file in Museum Box - Archives Office.
Date of Accession
31 October 2008
Bio History Note
Donald E. Kessler was a 1946 Manchester College graduate. He and his wife, Olive, spent many years in Liberia. In 1994 they made an inquiry to the College regarding their Liberian artifact collection. Would the College like to have it? After discussion, the College decided that the materials would extend Manchester's West African art collection.
These artifacts and materials were housed first in Calvin Ulrey Hall and then in the "Museum" in the basement of the Communications building. In the Fall of 2007 the entire "Museum" was either put on permanent loan to the Manchester History Center, or boxed and packaged for future display by the College. Jeanine Wine was responsible for the packaging. The African Art Collection was photographed and packaged and put into storage on the College Campus (Holl-Kintner). In the Summer of 2011 all items from the Holl-Kintner building were moved so that a major renovation project could begin. The African Art Collection was moved to the North Manchester Center for History for safe keeping. It was placed in the basement of the Center for History with the other objects on long term loan from the College.
The Liberian materials were found by Jeanine Wine in the "Museum." Many of them have Kessler's name on them and are part of the Donald E. and Olive Kessler Collection.
Description prepared 31 October 2008 by Jeanine M. Wine and updated 20 July 2011 by Jeanine M. Wine.