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Kenneth Kerslake Papers

Identifier: MS Coll 152

Scope and Content

The Kenneth Kerslake papers date from 1957-1970 and primarily consist of Kerslake’s correspondence (only a couple letters are present in the collection), journals, and sketches.


  • 1957 - 1970



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Biographical/Historical Note

Kenneth A. Kerslake was born March 8, 1930 in Mount Vernon, New York. Kenneth became seriously interested in art in high school. In 1950, he attended Pratt Institute in New York City, where he began his formal study of art. Following the advice of his professors, Kenneth transferred to the University of Illinois in 1953 and discovered his medium: printmaking. He continued at the University of Illinois and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts. Kenneth loved working with young, fresh minds, and after graduating, he spent 38 years teaching at the University of Florida. Kenneth was the founder of the University of Florida's Printmaking Program and was honored as a Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. His works have been featured in dozens of exhibitions and public collections, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Library of Congress and the National Collection, the Yale University Art Gallery and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Kenneth received numerous honors and awards, including the Joseph Pennell Fund Selection Committee Purchase Award, Distinguished Faculty Awards and Teacher of the Year for the College of the Arts. Kenneth passed away on January 7, 2007.


University of Florida, College of the Arts. (n.d.). Kenneth Kerslake. University of Florida, College of the Arts, Faculty and Staff Directory. Retrieved November 17, 2021, from


.51 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, journals, and sketches created by printmaker and University of Florida professor at the School of Art and Art History, Kenneth Kerslake.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Transferred from Sara Kerslake via Bob Mueller, 2007.

Related Materials

Kenneth Kerslake Papers at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

A Guide to the Kenneth Kerslake Papers
Finding aid created by Matt Kruse
November 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America