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Thomas F. Koch (1925-2015) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/199
The Thomas Koch papers are arranged into three boxes and span the period 1939-2005. Included are biographical materials, correspondence, and items relating to Koch’s work with Mad magazine. The bulk of the collection, along with most of the correspondence, centers on Bob and Ray broadcasts and includes a selection of Koch’s typescript comedy scripts, sketches and other writings. Completing the collection are magnetic audiocassette tapes featuring: Fibber McGee and Molly recordings, both vintage ones from the 1930s to the early 1950s and Koch-authored programs dating between 1957 and 1959; Koch dictating Bob and Ray content; and Bob and Ray programming of Koch’s scripts including “A Cure for California,” “Slow Talkers,” and others.


  • 1939 - 2015


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


3 Boxes


The Koch papers are arranged first by physical format and thereafter according to topical headings. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Northwestern University Archives by Evan Koch, Tom Koch’s grandson, on Feb. 25, 2016 (Accession #16-29).
Guide to the Thomas F. Koch (1925-2015) Papers
Charlotte Frank and Kevin B. Leonard
June 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US