Koch (Ruth Lee) Papers, ca. 1920-1965

Descriptive Summary

Title
Koch (Ruth Lee) Papers, ca. 1920-1965
Creator
Koch, Ruth Lee
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ruth Lee Koch (1898-) was in turn assistant to the dean of the Speed Scientific School, head of the university purchasing system, secretary to the dean of the Speed School, and instructor in correlation in the same. She occupied these various positions from 1924 until she became cashier of the University of Louisville in 1935. She remained in this position until her retirement in 1964.
Ms.Koch was born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 28, 1898. She attended the University of Louisville from 1915 until she received her B.A. in mathematics in 1919. She next received her M.A. in history from the University of Louisville in 1922. Ms.Koch continued her association with the university by becoming an assistant to Dean Brigman of the Speed School in 1924, and remained with the university until her retirement in 1964, after which she became a research associate. Ms.Koch's other activities include membership and offices held in several organizations including the Soroptomist Club of Louisville, the Business and Professional Women's Club, Baraca-Philathea, the Kentucky-Tennessee Synod of the Lutheran Business Women's Missionary Group, and the Businesswomen's Group of Christian Women's Fellowship. In 1954 she was named as the Louisville Businesswoman of the Year.
The collection is composed almost entirely of material relating to the Speed Scientific School, especially the work of its first dean, Bennett M. Brigman (1881-1938). As an employee of the university, Ms.Koch worked with Brigman during the early days of the Speed School, and in 1964 and 1965 she researched a brief history of that school. The collection includes primary documents from the 1920's and 1930's which deal with Brigman's work in establishing the Speed School and his contribution toward improving the university's buildings and grounds. The remainder of the material was collected by Ms.Koch during the mid-1960s for her work on the history of the Speed Scientific School.

Contents of the Collection

B. M. Brigman to A. Y. Ford, 11 July 1923, "Relative to the School of Business."

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B. M. Brigman, "Investigations and Recommendations for School of Engineering of the University of…

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B. M. Brigman, The X. Y. Z. Scientific School, University of Louisville, circa 1924. Including a…

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Declaration of Trust between William S. Speed and Olive Speed Sackett and the University of…

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"Minutes of the Committee on Alterations at Third and Shipp Streets," 1924-1925.

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Misc. Correspondence Re Alterations on Belknap Campus, 1925-1927.

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Correspondence between R. A. Kent and B. M. Brigman Re U of L building and grounds, 1930-1931.

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Belknap Campus photographs, late 1920's and early 1930's.

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Map of Belknap Campus, 1934

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B. M. Brigman, "The Speed Scientific School," circa 1937.

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Ruth L. Koch, Research Notes and Correspondence Re History of Speed School, circa 1964-1965.

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Ruth L. Koch, Various drafts of history of Speed School, 1964-1965.

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Chronology of Speed School history, 1921-1965.

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Printed Material Re Speed School.

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George A. Hendon, "History of the University of Louisville,"n.d.

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Ruth Lee Koch

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-- group photograph "Seminar at Purdue, date?" written on back (Mr. and Mrs. John M. Houchens in…

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-- part of the Speed School faculty; Dean Brigman at extreme left (this shows the group standing on…

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-- workmen in foreground, Reynolds building and Patterson Hall in background; a kiln is in the…

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-- looking west at Patterson Hall

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-- Looking northwest at Patterson Hall with new addition already built

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-- Looking west, Patterson Hall on left behind Brigman Hall on right

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-- Looking east at Administration Building before the Law School and Brigman Hall were built

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-- Eastern Parkway? in background, cars parked in foreground

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