Guide to the Fred C. Koch Papers 1802-1983, bulk 1908-1983
Cage 851

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Koch, Fred C.
Fred C. Koch papers
Cage 851
Date [inclusive]
1802-1983, bulk 1908-1983
3.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
3.0 linear feet of shelf space 6 boxes and 1 oversize folder
The Fred C. Koch Papers consists of materials collected by Fred Koch on Germans from Russia and German immigration from Russia to the other points in the world, including the United States, South America, and Canada. Koch was a born in Kolb, Germany before immigrating with his family to Ritzville, Washington. The collection includes correspondence, personal notes, publications, genealogy, and newspapers.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Fred C. Koch Papers, 1802-1983, bulk 1908-1983. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biogrpahical Note

Fred Koch was born in Kolb, Russia in 1901. He immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 5 to Ritzville, Washington. Koch started in the newspaper business in Wenatchee, Cashmere, Spokane, and Seattle, all in Washington State. During World War II, he was in the Office of War Information in London, the Office of Psychological Warfare in Paris, and was in military government in Frankfurt and Berlin. He was a graduate of the University of Washington.

Koch is the author of The Volga Germans: In Russia and the Americas, from 1763 to the Present, which is one of the first English-language histories of the Volga Germans.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of Fred Koch’s research files on Germans from Russia and their immigration to other parts of the world. The materials include correspondence to multiple individuals on history and genealogy, newspaper clippings and copies of articles on Germans from Russia, Koch’s personal research notes and annotations, and publications and annotated photocopies of publications on Soviet Union and Russian history, German immigration from Russia to the United States, Canada, and South America, and texts on genealogy.

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Arrangement note

The collection has been organized into three series: Correspondence, Research notes, and Published works.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1965-1983. This series consists of letters Koch exchanged with individuals who were authors or direct descendants of Germans from Russia. Some correspondence includes attached articles or photos. This material is arranged in folders for respective correspondents, in chronological order therein.

Series 2: Research notes, 1908-1982. This series is comprised of Koch’s personal notes, annotated photocopies of publications and articles, and annotations on Germans from Russia publications.

Series 3: Published works, 1802-1970, bulk 1916-1970. This series consists of books and texts that Koch collected, which discuss Germans from Russia history or genealogy. This material is arranged in folders for each publication, organized by author’s last name.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Fred Koch Papers was donated to Washington State University by Rodney Koch (MS.1984.23).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Brianna Webb and Steven Bingo in 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Amelia Werre Papers, Cage 5084

Emma Schwabenland Haynes Papers 1927-1982, Cage 573

Anna Biedel Weitz Papers 1904-1983, Cage 158

Germans from Russia Conference Recordings and Papers 1980-1994, 1998, Archives 310

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Records, Cage 850

Arthur Hartwig Notes on Germans from Russia 1916-1999, Cage 5085

Separated Materials note

The Karl Stumpp maps that were donated with this collection will be separated and catalogued with Washington State Univerity Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections map collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Koch, Fred C. -- Archives.


  • German Americans
  • Russian Germans -- America -- History.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1965-1983 

Box Folder

Solomon Bart on Germans from Russia 1965-1973 

1 1

Carson, Grassmück, Huber, and German Publishers 1972-1978 

1 2

Victor Donis on Germans from Russia 1965-1967 

1 3

Jacob Eichhorn on Germans from Russia 1965-1974 

1 4

Jacob Eichhorn on Germans from Russia 1979-1983 

1 5

Elmer Miller on Germans from Russia 1965-1978 

1 6

Victor Pedro Popp, Lydia Riffel, and Mennonites 1966-1977 

1 7

George Rath, Paul Reeb, and Pastor Lundblad on Germans from Russia 1966-1973 

1 8

Victor Reisig and Karl Stumpp on Germans from Russia 1966-1977 

1 9

Liss Rogel on Koch family 1973-1977 

1 10

Jakob Vogel and Kat Monroe 1969-1974 

1 11

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 Series 2 Research notes 1908-1982 

Box Folder

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Rosters 1970-1972 

2 12

Annotations on Germans from Russia 1963 

2 13

Berschauer, Kissler, and Klein Genealogy 1976-1977 

2 14

Canadian Census Records 1958-1968 

2 15

"The Coast" Vol. XV No. 1 1908 

2 16

Economy and church in Russia texts 1968 

4 27

Germans from Russia essays 1939-1973 

2 17

Germans from Russia in Colorado Study Project 1976 

2 18

German and Russian Poetry and Music 1962-1965 

2 19

"Die Stellung des Staates und der Regierungsbehörden im Rheinland zum Auswandererproblem im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert" by Hermann van Ham 1933 

2 20

Helmut Brandt correspondence 1942 

2 21

Koch family genealogy notes 1946-1969 

4 28

Russia and Her Colonies by Walter Kolarz 1952 

2 22

Die Deutschtumsinsel an der Wolga by Lothar König 1938 

2 23

Newspapers on Germans from Russia 1920-1982 

4 29

Research notes on Germans from Russia A undated 

3 24

Research notes on Germans from Russia B undated 

3 25

Research notes on Germans from Russia C undated 

3 26

Russian history and German immigration 1969-1972 

5 30

Russian history and South American immigration xerox copies 1929-1974 

5 31

Studien über die Geschichte der Wolgadeutschen by David Schmidt 1930 

5 32

Soviet Union history xerox copies 1919-1972 

5 33

Thiel family genealogy 1968-1973 

5 34

"Wolgadeutsche Monatshefte" 1922 

5 35

Map of German colonies along the Volga undated 

Oversized folder

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 Series 3 Published works 1802-1970, bulk 1916-1970 

Box Folder

Climbing the Schmidt Family Treeby Carol Benzel Schmidt 1973 

6 36

"The Crimean Tartars, Volga Germans and Meskhetians: Soviet treatment of some national minorities" by Minortity Rights Group 1973 

6 37

Faith of our Fathers by Susan Yungman 1972-1973 

6 38

Our Parents Were Russian German by William Urbach 1963 

6 39

Rückblicke by Johannes Grassmück 1931 

6 40

Die Deutschen Wolgakolonien by Fritz Heinz Reimesch 1922 

6 41

Die Rußlanddeutschen by Jakob Riffel 1928 

6 42

Die Rußland Deutschen by Karl Stumpp 1965 

6 43

Der Russische Coloniet by Wilhelm Webel 1802 

6 44

Hattie Plum Williams papers 1916-1970 

6 45

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