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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 680

Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson) Koch collection of American drawings


Drawings by American artists for book illustrations from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • Creation: 1858-1940 and undated


.25 linear feet (1 box)

Includes a drawing in pen and black ink by Benjamin F. Gridley, two pencil drawings by Keith William, a drawing of a girl in pen and ink by Katharine Pyle, two drawings in black crayon by Charles Herbert Woodbury, a signed drawing in pen and ink for Rip van Winkle by Alfred Cornelius Howland, and a signed watercolor on board for Oscar Wilde's The happy prince and other tales by Everett Shinn, a signed drawing by Francis X. Chamberlin, entitled Weber and Fields, and a signed drawing by Rockwell Kent, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

Frederick R. Koch is a collector of rare materials.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of Mr. Frederick R. Koch, 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10021; received: 1981 Apr.

Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson), collector. Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson) Koch collection of American drawings: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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