The William I. Koch Art History Collection is a special collection within the University's Mabee Library. Donated through the generosity of William I. Koch, the collection consists of more than 12,000 monographs, exhibition catalogs, periodical volumes, auction catalogs and ephemera items covering the history of visual arts, photography and architecture.
Bill Koch is founder and president of The Oxbow Group, a diversified holding company included by Forbes as one of the 500 largest privately held companies in America. The Oxbow Group consists of more than 30 companies specializing in producing electricity from alternative sources such as wind and geothermal sources, coal and petroleum coke trading, oil production, composite pipe manufacturing and real estate development.While the collection focuses primarily on European and American arts and artists from the mid-19th through mid-20th centuries, virtually all time periods are represented. A substantial collection of catalogues raisonnes, limited editions, and major reference works are also included.
Koch's savvy isn't limited to his business success in the oil industry. His winning the 1992 America's Cup demonstrated that competitive sailing isn't limited to only those few for whom it's a career. He launched an even more daring experiment with an all-female America's Cup Crew in 1995.
A native of Wichita, Koch also is well known for his philanthropic endeavors and his leadership role in developing the Koch Crime Commission, which encourages innovative local solutions by bringing together experts and citizens from across the nation and Kansas.
The William I. Koch Art History Collection welcomes use by any researcher. However, due to the specialized nature of the collection, the items are available for in-library use only.
Access is available most hours that the Mabee Library is open but it is advisable to contact the Special Collections Department at 785-670-1981 for an appointment at least 24 hours in advance.
The current list of holdings in this collection is accessible through the ATLAS on-line library catalog by selecting the author term "William I. Koch Art Collection."