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Guide to the Papers of Peter Koch, 1974-2003 M1584
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  • Title: Peter Rutledge Koch papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M1584
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 157.0 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1975-2006
    Physical Location: Special Collections materials are stored offsite and must be paged in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Abstract: Papers of find press printer, Peter Koch, include press proofs, correspondence, teaching files, sales and financial material, student work, job files and media.
    creator: Koch, Peter Rutledge

    Processing Information note

    Listed by Drew Padley, 2008; Series x. processed by Glynn Edwards, 2009.

    Preferred Citation note

    [Identification of item], Peter Koch Papers, M1584, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.


    Collection is open for research to boxes listed in Container listing; Project files are in process and not yet available.

    Related Archival Materials note

    Peter Koch's hard drive has been processed separately; please see M.1584.Media.


    Peter Rutledge Koch has been designing and printing books and ephemera since 1974, beginning his career in Missoula, Montana with one platen press. He since settled in the San Francisco Bay area and following the San Francisco literary tradition of fine press printing, has acquired an international reputation and several more presses. His clients and collectors range from major international research libraries to bibliophilic organizations and private collectors and publishers. Between commissions, he designs, prints and publishes limited editions of ancient Greek philosophers, the musings of maverick poets, and the images of world-renowned wood engravers and photographers. Editions Koch specializes in publishing limited edition livres d'artiste, broadsides, portfolios, and text transmission objects.
    His works have previously carried the imprints: Black Stone Press, Peter Koch, Printer, and Hormone Derange Editions.
    When not working in his studio, he teaches the history of typographic design and printing on the Albion hand press at the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library Press.
    [From the website: http://www.peterkochprinters.com/index.php]

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Peter Koch Papers contain correspondence, project files (proofs, plans, templates, etc.), manuscripts, sales records, student projects, etc.

    It is arranged in 14 series:

    1. General files
    2. Teaching files
    3. Financial
    4. Job files
    5. Correspondence, alphabetical
    6. Correspondence, miscellaneous
    7. Media
    8. Datebooks, planners, etc.
    9. Reviews, awards, Roxburgh Club
    10. Book sales
    11. Poems & Essays About Koch
    12. Dirk Lee Archive
    13. Student Projects
    14. Book archives

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bancroft Library. Friends
    Black Stone Press.
    Book Club of California.
    Gleeson Library Associates.
    Koch, Peter Rutledge
    Phillips, Matt, 1927-
    Press in Tuscany Alley.
    Roxburghe Club of San Francisco.
    San Francisco Public Library
    Fine press
    Fine printing--20th century
    Fine printing--California
    Fine printing--San Francisco, Calif.