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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Sources

Description of Series

Series I. Photographic Materials, 1931-1991, undated

Series II. Fashion Files, 1946-1986, undated

Series III. Personal Files, 1942-1997, undated

Series IV. Works by Others, undated

Index

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Ferne Koch:

An Inventory of Her Papers & Photographic Archive at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Koch, Ferne, 1913-2001
Title: Ferne Koch Papers & Photographic Archive
Dates: 1931-2000
Abstract: Photographic prints, negatives, slides, correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, and ephemera document the life and work of American photographer and fashion consultant Ferne Koch.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-1251
Extent: 7 document boxes, 7 cartons, 9 flat boxes (25.3 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Biographical Sketch

Ferne Koch (née Goodman), was an American photographer and fashion consultant born in Houston, Texas, on April 8, 1913. Her interest in photography began in the 1940s as an aid to her work in the New York fashion industry, but it quickly expanded to all areas of her life.

In 1947, she married Arthur C. Koch, an engineer and World War II veteran with a strong interest in the arts. The two traveled extensively throughout their lives together, exploring Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. Ferne also traveled extensively on her own, while working as a fashion consultant researching lace, bridal designs, and new clothing styles. During every excursion she took many photographs, both in the course of her work and in artistic pursuits.

During the Korean War, Arthur Koch was recalled by the Army and stationed at Ft. Rucker in Daleville, Alabama. As Ferne adjusted to the life of a war bride, she photographed the lives of the residents of the Wiregrass region. These images, and others taken throughout the southeast, would go on to earn her national recognition. From 1951 to 1961, she was represented by the New York photographic agency, Pix, and she exhibited her work in Houston, Seattle, and New York. From the mid-1950s through the mid-1980s, her work was not exhibited, but in 1986 she began printing and exhibiting her photographs once more. She passed away on October 13, 2001.

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Scope and Contents

Photographic prints, negatives, slides, correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, and ephemera document the life and work of Ferne Koch. The collection is organized into the following four series: I. Photographic Materials; II. Fashion Files; III. Personal Files; and IV. Works by Others.

Koch's photographic output is arranged chronologically, with materials being grouped by location per the creator's original order. Large prints are housed together in flat boxes, and all negatives have been separated to box 14. Featured prominently are photographs taken in Daleville, Alabama, Blakely, Georgia, and Paris, France. Also present are photographs taken during several trips to Europe, throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Far East, among others.

Koch devoted most of her professional life to fashion. Series II. documents her work in this field with both photographic and paper materials. Among the former are slides, which Koch used as presentation tools. Also present are research materials and materials relating to her involvement with Fashion Group, a professional organization that caters to those working in the fashion industry.

Series III. contains materials pertaining to the exhibition of Ferne Koch's photographs, several of the Koch family's homes, their travels, involvement in the arts, as well as family photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence. The exhibition materials contain mostly snapshot photographs of Koch at events in the 1980s and related printed materials. Some of these appear again in scrapbooks, as do an array of materials related to travel, fashion, and the arts. The correspondence, which dates 1942-1997, pertains to all areas of Koch's life and work.

Included in Series IV. are prints by other photographers, including Jameson Baker, P. Greenberg, and Debora Hunter.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research. Part or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center's Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: reference@hrc.utexas.edu.

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Index Terms

People
Koch, Ferne, 1913-2001
Subjects
Women photographers
Places
Blakely (Ga.)
Daleville (Ala.)
Paris (France)
Document Types
Clippings
Black-and-white negatives
Gelatin silver prints
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift, 2003

Processed by:

Kevin O'Sullivan, 2010

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Sources

Dallas Museum of Art. Beaux Arts Ball [auction catalog]. Dallas, Tex.: Dallas Museum of Art, 1997.

Koch, Ferne. Photographic studies: Daleville & Blakely 1950-51, Paris 1948-1955. Dallas, Tex.: Documentary Arts, Inc., c1990.

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Container List

 

Series I. Photographic Materials, 1931-1991, undated

Filling Station during Depression, 1931
Container
14.1 Negatives
Northeastern United States, 1943
Container
1.1 Contact prints
Container
7.1-4 Slides
Mexico, 1945-1949
Container
1.2-3 Prints
Container
15 Large prints
Container
1.4 Contact prints
Container
7.5-7 Slides
Jamaica, 1947
Container
1.5 Prints
New Orleans, 1947
Container
1.6 Prints
Cuba and cruise, 1947
Container
1.7 Prints
Container
15 Large prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
Paris and France, 1948-1955
Container
1.8-10 Prints
Container
15-16* Large prints [*7 prints moved to the Ferne Koch Loose Print Collection, see 2003:0045:0001-0007]
Container
1.11-19 Contact prints
Container
7.8-9 Slides
Container
14.10 Negatives
Belgium, 1948
Container
1.20 Prints
Container
15 Large prints
Container
1.21 Contact prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
Holland, 1948
Container
1.22 Prints
Container
1.23-24 Contact prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
Geneva, Switzerland, 1948
Container
1.25 Contact prints
Container
7.10 Slides
Container
14.10 Negatives
Haiti, 1940s
Container
1.26 Prints
New York, 1940s
Container
1.27 Prints
Yosemite National Park, 1940s
Container
1.28 Prints
Container
7.11 Slides
Container
14.10 Negatives
Daleville, Alabama, 1950-1951
Container
1.29-3.6 Prints
Container
16-18* Large prints [*17 prints moved to the Ferne Koch Loose Print Collection, see 2003:0045:0011-0030]
Container
3.7 Contact prints
Container
7.12-15 Slides
Container
14.2 Negatives
Container
3.8-4.2 Catalog lists
Container
4.3 Exhibition materials
Container
4.4 Printed material
Blakely, Georgia, 1950-1951
Container
4.5-6 Prints
Container
19* Large prints [*3 prints moved to the Ferne Koch Loose Print Collection, see 2003:0045:0008-0010]
Container
7.16-17 Slides
Container
4.7 Programs
Container
4.8 Exhibition materials
Northwestern United States and Pacific coast, 1951
Container
4.9 Prints
Container
4.10 Contact prints
Container
7.18-19 Slides
New Mexico, 1951
Container
4.11 Prints
Container
20 Large prints
Container
14.3 Negatives
Louisiana, 1953
Container
4.12 Prints
Container
7.20 Slides
Italy, 1955
Container
4.13 Prints
Container
4.14 Contact prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
France, 1961
Container
4.15 Prints
Container
22 Large prints
Container
4.16 Contact prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
London, 1978
Container
4.17 Prints
Container
4.18 Contact prints
Container
14.4 Negatives
Japan, 1983
Container
4.19 Prints
Paris and France, 1984-1989
Container
4.20-5.5 Prints
Container
21 Large prints
Container
5.6-17 Contact prints
Container
7.21-22 Slides
Container
14.6-7 Negatives
Barcelona, Spain, 1986
Container
14.10 Negatives
Alabama, 1988
Container
5.18 Contact prints
Container
14.10 Negatives
Spain and Portugal, 1985-1989
Container
6.1-2 Prints
Container
21-22 Large Prints
Container
6.3-4 Contact prints
Container
14.5-6, 10 Negatives
Mexico, 1991, undated
Container
6.5-6 Prints
Container
7.23 Slides
Container
14.7-8 Negatives
Scandinavia, undated
Container
7.24-25 Slides
Aspen, undated
Container
6.7 Prints
Container
6.8 Contact prints
Container
7.26 Slides
Container
14.9 Negatives
Quebec, undated
Container
7.27 Slides
Victoria, British Columbia, undated
Container
7.28 Slides
Unidentified
Container
6.9-10 Prints
Container
22* Large prints [*1 print moved to the Ferne Koch Loose Print Collection, see 2003:0045:0031]
Container
7.29 Slides
Container
14.10-12 Negatives

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Series II. Fashion Files, 1946-1986, undated

Container
7.30-8.2 Presentation slides, 1946, 1948, 1983, undated
Container
8.3 Photographs
Fashion Group [tours], 1984, 1987
Container
8.4-5 Photographs
Container
14.11-12 Negatives
Container
8.6-9 Lace research materials
Container
8.10 Essays, notes, programs
Container
8.11 Clippings
Container
8.12 City of New York, Golden Anniversary of Fashion, commemorative booklet from 1948

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Series III. Personal Files, 1942-1997, undated

Container
8.13-14 Correspondence, 1942-1997
Exhibits
Container
8.15-17 Photographs and slides
Container
14.13 Negatives
Container
8.18 Clippings
Container
18.19-20 Postcards
Container
8.21-23 Related ephemera
Floor tile samples and home interiors
Container
8.25 Color transparencies
Koch houses and boat
Container
8.26-9.3 Prints, slides, clippings, diary
Personal Photographs
Container
9.4-5 Ferne Koch, prints and slides
Container
9.6-7 Arthur Koch, prints
Container
9.8 Wedding, prints
Container
9.9-15* Assorted personal [*1 print moved to the Ferne Koch Loose Print Collection, see 2003:0045:0032]
Container
14.10, 14-17 Negatives and color transparencies
Travel ephemera
Container
9.16-19 New York, 1978, 1980, 1984
Container
9.20-21 Aspen, Colorado, 1988
Container
9.22 France
Container
9.23 New Harmony, Indiana
Container
9.24-28 Alley Theatre materials
Container
9.29-32 Miscellaneous
Container
14.18-21 Envelopes for negatives
Container
10-13, 23 Scrapbooks

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Series IV. Works by Others, undated

Container
22 Large prints

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 Ferne Koch--Bar Code Index 

  • 1--059188000024966
  • 2--059188000024955
  • 3--059188000024944
  • 4--059188000024933
  • 5--059188000024922
  • 6--059188000024911
  • 7--059188000024900
  • 8--059188000024897
  • 9--059188000024886
  • 10--059188000024875
  • 11--059188000024864
  • 12--059188000024853
  • 13--059188000024842
  • 14 [negatives - kept on site at HRC]
  • 15--059188000024762
  • 16--059188000024773
  • 17--059188000024784
  • 18--059188000024795
  • 19--059188000024809
  • 20--059188000024810
  • 21--059188000024820
  • 22--059188000024831
  • 23--059188000025460

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