Koch, Sigmund (1920-1996)

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The Sigmund Koch collection includes manuscripts, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, financial materials, correspondence, interviews, audio materials, film and video, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials.

Manuscripts include items written by Koch; items written by others; eulogies; curriculum vitae; holograph notes; and other items. Manuscripts by Koch include “A Proposal for an ‘Aesthetics Research Center”; “A Proposal by Boston University to Carnegie Crop of N.Y.” (1973); Psychology in Human Context: Essays in Dissidence and Reconstruction; and “Notes toward a Proposal for an ‘Aesthetics Research Center” (1973).

Manuscripts written by others include “The Void Within” (1989) by Susan Kestenbaum; “Perceptual Aspects of Cartooning: The Pictorial Representation of Event” (1972) by Anthony G. Barrand, John Roberts, and Thomas Toleno; “Excerpts from Writings of Painters, Poet, Musician, and other Artists…”; “Remarks on the Retreat into Conformism” (1989) by Cornelius Caster; and “Formative Field Testing for the Television Arts Project”(1973) by Fran Aversa, among other items.

Eulogies include “Rosemary Lys Koch” by John Silber (1989) and items pertaining to Sigmund Koch (1996).

Curriculum vitae include materials pertaining to Patricia Mathis Harvey and other items from 1988.

Holograph notes include “Time Table” (1976); “Palmer”; “Kyle Stage: Rock and Roll”; legal sized notebooks; and unidentified fragments.

Other items include lecture notes pertaining to Boston University politics, financial and academic affairs; “Transcript Of A Portion Of The Meeting Of The University Council” (1976); and unidentified text fragments.

Printed materials include articles, offprints, and other items. Articles include “The Political Philosophy of Biological Endowments: Some Considerations” from Social Philosophy and Policy and “The Explanatory Role of Existence Proofs” from Ethics (1975) by Alexander Rosenberg; “The Psychological Studies” (1975) from the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation; and “A Journey at the Dangerous Edge of Things; Some Reflections on William Bevan’s Legacy” (1994) from Psychology, Science and Human Affairs by Frank Kessel.

Offprints include articles by Koch and articles by others. Offprints by Koch include “The Nature and Limits of Psychological Knowledge” (1981) from American Psychologist; “Psychology and Emerging Conceptions of Knowledge as Unitary” from Behaviorism and Phenomenology; and articles from the Journal of Experimental Psychology, among other items.

Offprints by others include items by Alexander Rosenberg, including articles from Behaviorism; “Economics is Too Important to Be Left to the Rhetoricians” from Economics and Philosophy; and “Methodology, Theory, and the Philosophy of Science” (1985) from Pacific Philosophy Quarterly, among other items. Other offprints include Theory and Psychology (1992) and Sonus (1992).

Other printed materials include a report titled “Problems and Programs: A Report on The College of Arts and Science, University of Texas at Austin” (1967-1970) by John Silber; The Charlottesville Tapes 1982; The World at Boston University (1981); “Kant on Ideas” from Sonderdruck by Steven Rosenberg; “Inside the Creative Mind” from Bostonia by Jon Queijo; clippings pertaining to Arthur Miller; and other items.

Professional materials include items pertaining to the Ford Foundation and items pertaining to university business, grants, research, and program development, among other items. Prominent among these are items pertaining to the Aesthetic Research Archive; Arhur Miller; Edward Albee, Ulrich Ranzen, and Norman Dello Joio; and Toni Morrison and Milton Babbit.

Research materials include notes by Koch pertaining to interviews and research. Prominent among these are items related to the Aesthetic Research Archive; Edward Albee; the Ford Foundation; Arthur Miller; and Toni Morrison, among others.

Financial materials include returned checks from 1984 to 1989; 1987 federal tax forms with personal tax materials; materials pertaining to the will and estate of Helen Koch; papers from Continental Casualty Life Insurance (1977); “Current Restricted Fund Report” (1987-1988); “Faculty Appointment Form” (1990); and materials for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (1982), among other items.

Correspondence includes personal letters, professional letters, and files. Personal correspondence includes items pertaining to an IRS audit (1985-1987); items to and from the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (1970); “Fine and Ambrogne (Goldberg)” (1977-1979); items to and from Chase Manhattan Bank pertaining to trust fund materials and other accounts (1977-1980); and items to and from Merrill Lynch (1978-1979).

Professional correspondence includes items pertaining to the Aesthetics Research Archive; the University Professors Program; the Ford Foundation; the National Translation Center; and the Commonwealth Fund Meeting, among other items.

Interviews include interviews of Edward Albee (1986); Milton Babbit (1987); Edward Barnes (1987); Saul Bellow (1986); Norman Dello Joio (1986); Ulrich Franzen (1986); Erik Hawkins (1986); Mercedes Matter (1986); Arthur Miller (1987); Toni Morrison (1987); Violette Verdy; and Richard Bellow, among others.

Audio materials include cassette tapes and microcassettes. Cassette tapes include interviews with notables Edward Albee; Milton Babbit; Edward Barnes; Sharon Basco; Saul Bellow; Ulrich Franzen; Erick Hawkins; Norman Dello Joio; Mercedes Matter; Arthur Miller; Toni Morrison; and Violette Verdy, among others. Other cassette tapes include interviews conducted by Milton Babbit, including “Lagniappe”; “Philomel”; “Three Compositions”; and “Paraphrases.”

Microcassettes include an oral review by Patricia Mathis (with Alex Rankin) or some items in shipment (2005).

Film and video includes U-Matic cassettes, VHS tapes, DVD, and beta tapes. U-Matic cassettes include “Conversations with SK” – interviews of artists for the Aesthetic Research Archive – and feature notables Edward Albee; Milton Babbit; Saul Bellow; Edward L. Barnes; Norman Dello Joio; Ulrich Franzen; Erick Hawkins; Mercedes Matter; Arthur Miller; Toni Morrison; Richard Wilbur; and Violette Verdy. Also included in U-Matic cassettes is a “Sigmund Koch Memorial Video” (1996).

VHS tapes include copies of the U-Matic cassette interviews from “Conversations with SK.”

DVD includes copies of VHS tapes of interviews conducted for the Aesthetic Research Archive, including those of Edward Albee; Saul Bellow; Norman Dello Joio; Arthur Miller; Toni Morrison; and Robert Motherwell.

Beta tapes include items pertaining to the Aesthetic Research Archive interviews (1983-1988).

Photographs contain black and white prints of Sigmund and Lys Koch, Zelda Fichandler, and “Arena Stage Celebrates its 40th Anniversary”; color prints pertaining to nature, trips, and family; and slides pertaining to vacations, “250 Water Street E”, and Harper’s Ferry.

Memorabilia includes a death certificate for Helen Koch (1977); a program for “A Conversazione on a Metaphor of Our Times” (1989) at the Tsai Performance Center; a program for “Empire Brass” (1989) at the Tsai Performance Center; a booklet for “The Dream” (1994) from the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity; as well as ID and business cards, among other items.

Other materials include the resumes; items pertaining to the National Endowment for the Humanities; grant proposals – both approved and cancelled; computer disks for the Aesthetics Research Archive project; and a list of professors in the University Professors Program (1989-1990), among other items.