Theodore Wesley Koch Papers: 1894-1941
Summary Information
Title: Theodore Wesley Koch Papers
Creator: Koch, Theodore Wesley, 1871-1941
Inclusive dates: 1894-1941
Extent: 12 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Librarian at the Library of Congress, University of Michigan and Northwestern University, and bibliophile. Correspondence, articles and pamphlets, papers relating to his books and articles, and topical files relating to his interest in Carnegie Libraries, literary forgeries, the work of the American Library Association's Library War Service during World War I, library Americanization programs, 1919-1921, and the library building of University of Michigan; also photographs.
Call number: 851701 Aa 2; UAm
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Dorothy Koch Bestor (donor no. 4120) and came to the library in 1964 and 1973. Other files were transferred from the Graduate Library of the University of Michigan (donor no. 1278).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Theodore Wesley Koch Papers , Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Theodore W. Koch (1871-1941) was for many years a prominent figure in American librarianship. After completing his M.A. degree at Harvard University in 1894, he was employed by the library at Cornell University to catalogue the Fiske Collection of Dante material. He worked at the Library of Congress from 1902 to1904 and then moved on to the library of the University of Michigan, where he served as assistant librarian,1904-1905, and librarian,1905-1916.

A dispute with the Board of Regents led to his dismissal from his post at the University of Michigan so he returned to the Library of Congress, where he served as chief of the order division. During World War I he was involved in the American Library Association's Library War Service program to provide books for soldiers. In 1919 he was appointed librarian of Northwestern University where he served until his death in 1941.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Koch papers are very incomplete for the part of his career before he went to Northwestern. Much of the earliest correspondence deals with the gathering of material for his "A Portfolio of Carnegie Libraries," Very little material on his work at the University of Michigan has survived, although a few reports from Byron A. Finney on the operation of the library and copies of Koch's proposal for a new library in 1915 are included in the collection.

Although the collection is much larger for the years after 1919, it is apparent that even for these years many of his professional files were either retained by the Northwestern University Library or destroyed. There is surprisingly little information on the activities of the A.L.A. or other professional organizations. Much of the correspondence consists of family and personal mail rather than the activities of the Northwestern library.

A high proportion of the material from this period relates to the writing and publication of his many books and pamphlets. Although Koch's files on Carnegie libraries, literary forgeries, the A.L.A. Library War Service, and Americanization programs may be of interest to scholars, many of his publications involved the translation and publication of works aimed merely at bibliophiles. These works were often published by such groups as the Caxton Club of Chicago or the Roxburgh Club of San Francisco which are interested in printing as an art form.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Americanization.
  • Libraries -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Emigration and immigration.
  • Libraries -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Photographs.
  • American Library Association.
  • Koch, Theodore Wesley, 1871-1941.
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan. Library.
  • Apostles Club (University of Michigan)
  • Detroit Public Library.
  • Ellis Island Immigration Station (N.Y. and N.J.)
  • Koch, Theodore Wesley, 1871-1941.
  • University of Michigan. Law Library.
  • University of Michigan. Library.
  • University of Michigan. Medical Library.
  • Adams, Randolph Greenfield, 1892-1951.
  • Barbour, Levi L. (Levi Lewis), 1840-1925.
  • Barrett, Albert M. (Albert Moore), 1871-1936.
  • Belden, Charles Francis Dorr, 1870-1931.
  • Boucke, Ewald A. (Ewald Augustus), 1871-
  • Bowker, R. R. (Richard Rogers), 1848-1933.
  • Champion, Edouard, 1882-1938.
  • Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940.
  • Demmon, Isaac Newton, 1842-1920.
  • Douglas, Lloyd C. (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951.
  • Evans, Charles, 1850-1935.
  • Fife, Robert Herndon, 1871-1958.
  • Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938.
  • Foote, Henry Wilder, 1875-1964.
  • Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
  • Gillette, Fredericka Botsford, 1875-
  • Goodrich, Francis Lee Dewey, 1877-1962.
  • Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909.
  • Huebsch, B. W. (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Jordan, Myra Beach, 1863-1946.
  • Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
  • Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963.
  • MacChesney, Nathan William, 1878-1954.
  • McMurtrie, Douglas C. (Douglas Crawford), 1888-1944.
  • Mason, William Smith, 1866-
  • Milan, Carl Hastings, 1884-1963.
  • National Committee of the United States for the Restoration of the University of Louvain.
  • Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908.
  • Otis, William Augustus, 1855-1929.
  • Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955.
  • Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939.
  • Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931.
  • Scott, Walter Dill, 1869-1955.
  • Snyder, Franklin Bliss, 1884-1958.
  • Stevenson, Burton Egbert, 1872-1962.
  • Todd, Albert May, 1850-1931.
  • White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
  • Wilson, Halsey William, 1868-1954.
  • Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Undated, 1894-June 1921 (36 folders)
Box   2  
July 1921-October 1926 (36 folders)
Box   3  
November 1926-October 1930 (34 folders)
Box   4  
November 1930-April 1937 (33 folders)
Box   5  
May 1937-1950 (18 folders)
 
Biographical information [series]
Box   5  
Miscellaneous
 
Articles, Pamphlets, and other writings [series]
Box   5  
Undated, 1900-1928 (10 folders)
Box   6  
1929-1931
Box   6  
1933-1934
Box   6  
1935-1940
Box   6  
1941-1950
Box   6  
Book: Les Livres a la Guerre 1920
 
Topical Files [series]

(about libraries and other interests)

Box   6  
Newspaper clippings,1901-1950 (2 folders)
 
Carnegie Libraries
Box   6  
Papers undated (2 folders)
Box   6  
Newspaper clippings 1902-1911 (3 folders)
Box   6  
Printed material undated, 1900-1906 (4 folders)
Box   6  
Dante and Dante Society (8 folders)
Box   7  
Literary forgeries (4 folders)
Box   7  
Library War Service during World War I (6 folders)
Box   7  
Library War Service

(newspaper clippings about)

Box   7  
University of Michigan Library building 1915 (2 folders)
Box   7  
Americanization materials (4 folders)
Box   7  
Americanization (newspaper clippings about) (2 folders)
Box   7  
Americanization (printed material concerning) (5 folders)
 
Miscellaneous Chronological Papers [series]
Box   8  
Undated, 1893-1950 (16 folders)
Box   8  
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings 1922-1928
 
Papers concerning books and articles [series]
Box   8  
Reading in and out of College
Box   8  
University Libraries (2 folders)
Box   8  
The British Museum
Box   8  
General Libraries (3 folders)
Box   9  
General Libraries (4 folders)
Box   9  
Reading--a vice or a virtue (2 folders)
Box   9  
The Mirror of the Parisian Bibliophile (3 folders)
Box   9  
NY Republic--Lacroix
Box   9  
Orlando Furioso-Aristo
Box   9  
Eden Anto-Fogazzaro
Box   9  
Milkau's Handbook
Box   9  
Geschicte der Bibliot ken--Hessel (2 folders)
Box   9  
The Sigismond Inheritance-Uzanne
Box   9  
Francesco Colonoa--Nodier
Box   9  
The Bibliomaniac--Nodier
Box   9  
The Assembly of Books (4 folders)
Box   9  
The Essence of Poetry (2 folders)
Box   10  
A Bibliophile's hell-Asselineau
Box   10  
Bibliomania--Flaubert
Box   10  
The French Pastry Cook--Dumas
Box   10  
A Letter on Bibliophiles--Duhamel
Box   10  
Books in the War
Box   10  
The German Book Exhibit (3 folders)
Box   10  
The Florentine Book Fair (2 folders)
Box   10  
Tales for Bibliophile (3 folders)
Box   10  
The German Book Crisis
Box   10  
College and University Library Statistics (2 folders)
Box   10  
Books are the Gateway to the World--Stefan Zweig
Box   10  
The Old Book Peddler--Stefan Zweig (2 folders)
Box   10  
The Invisible Collection, Thanks to Books & Notes--Stefan Zweig
Box   10  
Bibliofons-Babler
Box   10  
Miscellaneous Books (3 folders)
Box   10  
Miscellanea (2 folders)
Box   11  
Miscellanea (10 folders)
Box   11  
Student notes (10 folders)

(include notes and essays from classes at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard)

 
Photographs [series]
Box   12  
TWK portrait and group photos (Apostles Club)
 
Americanization and Immigration
Box   12  
Americanization and citizenship classes circa 1920
Box   12  
Immigration circa 1918-1920 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Deportation scene 1919
Box   12  
Japanese immigrants in California
 
Libraries
 
Public
Box   12  
Detroit Public Library (children's roam, auto deliveries, branches)
Box   12  
Galesburg, Illinois
Box   12  
New York City
Box   12  
Michigan
Box   12  
Various (non-Michigan) (2 folders)
 
College and University
 
University of Michigan
Box   12  
Law Library
Box   12  
Medical Library
Box   12  
Various
Box   12  
Michigan (various)
Box   12  
Various (non-Michigan) (2 folders)
 
Other
Box   12  
John Rylands Library
Box   12  
State Law Library, Hartford, Connecticut
 
World War 1 1914-1918
Box   12  
American Library Association (2 folders)
Box   12  
American Red Cross
Box   12  
YMCA
Box   12  
Miscellaneous
Box   12  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
Box   12  
Scrapbook containing postcards of library buildings
Box   12  
Scrapbook of library plans
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index of Correspondents
Adams, Randolph Greenfield, 1892-1951.
  • 1935, 1936
Barbour, Levi L. (Levi Lewis), 1840 -1925.
  • Nov. 21, 1904
Barrett, Albert Moore, 1871-1936.
  • Undated, Aug. 24, Nov. 10, 1919, Aug. 11, 1923, Jan. 1, 1924, Sept. 12, 1925, July 11, 1926, Jan. 2, 1927, Oct. 21, 1928, Apr. 5, 1930, July 12, 1932, June 11, July 13, 1933, 1934, Mar. 1, Nov. 12, 1936.
Belden, Charles Francis Dorr, 1870-1931.
  • 1925, 1926, 1929
Boucke, Ewald A. (Ewald Augustus), 1871-1943.
  • May 17, June 12, 1920, Feb. 7, Mar. 27, 1926, July 12, 1928, Dec. 6, 1929
Bowker, R. R. (Richard Rogers), 1848-1933.
  • Aug. 19, Oct 19, 1915, Mar. 24, 1916, Sept. 19, 1916, May 16, 1927, Dec. 19, 1928
Champion, Edouard, 1882-1938.
  • 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936
Cross, Arthur Lyon, 1873-1940.
  • Aug. 16, 1915
Demmon, Isaac Newton, 1842-1920.
  • Mar. 22, 1904
Douglas, Lloyd C. (Lloyd Cassel), 1877-1951.
  • Feb. 21, 1918
Evans, Charles, 1850-1935.
  • Apr. 1, 1925, Aug. 9, 1925
Fife, Robert Herndon, 1871-1958.
  • 1925, 1926
Finney, Byron Alfred, 1849-1938.
  • Aug. 31, 1903, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, May 26, 1914, Aug. 4, 1916, Oct. 10, 1916, June 6, 1919, Feb. 23, 1920, Mar. 2, 1920, Feb. 1, 1923, May 13, 1925, June 5, 1926, Mar. 29, 1932, Feb. 13, 1938, Apr. 29, 1938.
Foote, Henry Wilder, 1875-1964.
  • Jan. 7, 1925, June 17, 1926, July 16, 1926.
Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940.
  • Dec. 12, 1936, Dec. 22, 1938, Jan. 20, 1940
Gillette, Fredericka Botsford, 1875-
  • July 26, 1915, June 16, 1926, Dec. 9, 1926, Jan. 20, 1930, Aug. 6, 1930, Nov. 7, 1930, Mar. 31, Apr. 16, 1931, Sept. 15, 1932, Sept. 25, 1933, Apr. 24, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940
Goodrich, Francis Lee Dewey, 1877-1962.
  • 1914, 1915, Jan. 28, 1918, Dec. 4, 1919, Nov. 17, 1920, Aug. 26, 1921, June 12, Dec. 3, 1926, 1929, Jan. 10, 1930, June 10, 1930, Feb. 16, 1932, July 28, 1935, Nov. 18, Dec. 3, 1937, Feb. 6, 1941.
Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909.
  • Aug. 9, 1895.
Huebsch, B.W., (Benjamin W.), 1876-1964.
  • June 16, 1925, Dec. 19, 26, 1933
Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Apr. 6, 1915
Jordan, Myra Beach, 1863-1946.
  • Dec. 27, 1937, Sept. 12, 1939, July 3, 1940
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
  • Nov. 20, Nov. 28, 1923.
Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963.
  • July 6, 1923, July 2, 1925, Nov. 13, 1926, June 6, 27, 1928
MacChesney, Nathan William 1878-1954.
  • 1923, 1924, 1926, June 19, 1940
McMurtrie, Douglas C., (Douglas Crawford), 1888-1944.
  • 1927, 1928, Aug. 29, 1929
Mason, William Smith, 1866.
  • 1922, 1925, 1926, Apr. 16, 1931, Dec. 28, 1934, July 17, 1935, 1937, 1938, Oct. 5, 1939
Milan, Carl Hastings, 1884-1963.
  • 1919-1925
Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908.
  • Mar. 1, 1897, May 13, 1897, 1900
Otis, William Augustus, 1855-1929.
  • 1904, 1905, 1906
Putnam, Herbert, 1861-1955.
  • May 2, 1904, Sept. 12, 1913, July 31, 1915, Dec. 13, 1915, Jan. 15, Aug. 19, 1916, Sept. 5, Sept. 25, 1916, July 25, 1918, 1919, Mar. 12, 1920, Jan. 17, 1923, Apr. 27, 1939
Richardson, Ernest Cushing, 1860-1939.
  • 1915, 1916, 1919
Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931.
  • Mar. 1, 1915, July 20, 1915
Scott, Walter Dill, 1869-1955.
  • Nov. 4, 1923, Mar. 12, 1924, Feb. 16, 1925, May 27, 1925, Jan. 30, 1926, July 26, 1927, May 2, 1929, Aug. 30, 1929, Apr. 21, 1931, Jan. 9, 1933, May 8, 1934, Nov. 1, 1935, June 17, 1936, June 26, 1936, June 13, 1938, May 5, 1939
Snyder, Franklin Bliss, 1884-1958.
  • Undated, Apr. 13, 1939, Nov. 28, 1939
Stevenson, Burton Egbert, 1872-1962.
  • 1920, June 2, 1921
Todd, Albert May, 1850-1931.
  • June 26, 1926, Nov. 21, 1926, Jan. 22, 1927
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
  • Aug. 29, 1904
Wilson, Halsey William, 1868-1954.
  • 1917, May 25, 1921, Nov. 4, Nov. 17, Dec. 16, 1926, Jan. 15, 1927, Aug. 29, Dec. 2, 1929, June 17,1931, May 7, Aug. 6, 1936
Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942.
  • 1931, 1932, 1937, 1938, 1939