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William H. Kessler papers on Michael Heizer sculpture project for Michigan State Capitol Complex, circa 1969-1981

Kessler, William H., 1924-2002

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of architect William H. Kessler measure 0.4 linear feet and date from circa 1969 to 1981. Included are correspondence, business records, a project file, printed material, and photographic material relating to Kessler's service on the [Michigan] Special Commission of Art in State Buildings, and the Commission's pilot project, a sculpture by Michael Heizer for the West Plaza of the State Capitol Complex in Lansing.
Correspondence is with Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York City, Kresge Foundation, Governor William G. Milliken, Mott Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and others, regarding the Heizer sculpture. Business records include commission meeting agendas and minutes, financial reports, and lists of benefactors to the Heizer sculpture project. The Heizer Sculpture File contains biographical data on Heizer, descriptions of his sculpture design, a copy of the plaza plan, the sculpture dedication program, and other printed material. Printed material consists of newspaper clippings. Photographic material includes photographs, slides, and negatives of Heizer and his sculpture, "This Equals That."

Biographical/Historical Note

William H. Kessler (1924-2002) was an architect active in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from the Chicago Institute of Design in 1948, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1950. Kessler later started his own eponymous architecture firm and became a member of the Michigan Special Commission on Art in State Buildings.


The papers were donated by William H. Kessler in 1982.