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William E. Koch Collection

Creator: Koch, William E.

Date: circa 1957-1981

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 42513

Space Required/Quantity: 15.50 cubic feet

Title (Main title): William E. Koch Collection


Biog. Sketch (Full): William E. Koch was a professor of English and folklore at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Riley County. He was the president of the Kansas Folklore Society, performed folk songs before clubs and college groups, and published several articles on central plains life and folklore. He is the editor of Folklore from Kansas: customs, beliefs, and superstitions, published in 1980.

Scope and Content

Scope and content: The William Koch collection contains publications, clippings, research reports, audiotapes, and correspondence documenting Koch's interest in Kansas folklore and history. The records are organized by topic and include music, barns, architecture, specifics on various small Kansas towns, poetry, furniture, crafts, the Salter House Museum, protest songs, folk festivals, the folklore of various American Indian tribes, clippings on American Indian life and issues, interpreting proverbs, desk top graffiti, student customs, farmer's almanacs, courtship and marriage, and newsletters from the Kansas Folklore Society. The majority of the reports were created by Koch's students during his tenure as a professor of English and folklore at Kansas State University.

Portions of Collection Separately Described:

Specific Contents Identified:

Headings or descriptors assigned to subsections of the material, for example labels on a particular box or group of boxes.

  • 1957-1976
  • 1957-1976
  • 1968-1973
  • 1973-1976
  • 1973c-1981c
  • 33 Rpm vinyl records
  • 33 Rpm vinyl records
  • Audio/visual materials: interviews with Koch; discussion on Quantrill's Raid, folksongs, housing traditions, and other topics
  • Copies of A/V materials

Index Terms


    Kansas Folklore Society
    Koch, William E.
    Ethnic folklore -- Kansas
    Folk art -- Kansas
    Folk music -- Kansas
    Folklore -- Kansas
    Indians of North America -- Folklore
    Vernacular architecture -- Kansas

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