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Raymond Koch and Charlotte Moskowitz Papers

Identifier: LP000996

Scope and Content

The papers of Raymond and Charlotte Koch reflect their work at Commonwealth College and their later work in labor education.

Important subjects covered in this collection are: Arkansas: labor conditions; Labor songs; Arkansas: politics; O'Hare, Kate Richards; Commonwealth College; Southern tenant farmers; Communism; Williams, Claude and Joyce; Faubus, J.S. and Orval; Workers education; Koch, Lucien; Zeuch, William Edward; Labor plays

Series Description: Series I, Cooperative and Labor Colleges, Box 1 Sub-Series 1A, Commonwealth College, 1931-1975; Box 1 Material from and relating to Commonwealth College, including catalogues, reports, clippings, histories and the constitution. There is some material relating to the investigation of Commonwealth College on charges of communist activities.

Sub-Series 1B, Other Cooperative and Labor Schools, Box 1 Material from and relating to other cooperative and labor schools. Including histories, personal accounts, proceedings, guides, and pamphlets.

Series II, Correspondence, 1942-1983; Box 2 Raymond and Charlotte Moskowitz Koch personal correspondence after they left Commonwealth College. Including Raymond's World War II letters to Charlotte, and Raymond and Charlotte's letters to people associated with Commonwealth or interested in Commonwealth.

Series III, Published and Manuscript Material, Boxes 3-6 Sub-Series IIIA, Commonwealth College Published Material, 1925-1940; Box 3 Material published by Commonwealth College. Contains an almost complete set of the college newspaper and a few pamphlets and newsletters.

Sub-Series IIIB, General Published and Manuscript Material, Boxes 3-6 Published and manuscript material that relates to Commonwealth College, or to the cooperative and labor movements. Includes several working copies of Raymond and Charlotte Kochs' book, Educational Commune: The Story of Commonwealth College.


  • 1925 - 1982


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


Raymond Koch was born in 1909. In 1925, his family moved from Redland, Oregon to Polk County, Arkansas and Raymond Koch became a student at Commonwealth College at age 16. During his twelve-year stay at Commonwealth, Raymond Koch filled various posts including industrial manager, office manager and instructor in trade union problems.

Charlotte Moskowitz arrived at Commonwealth College in the fall of 1927. Already possessing two years of college credit from Syracuse University she completed her college degree at Commonwealth. In 1927 or 1928 she became executive secretary of Commonwealth. In 1934 she took on the additional duties of treasurer of the college.

Raymond Koch and Charlotte Moskowitz were married on December 21, 1930. They left Commonwealth College in August of 1937 to work in the field of trade union education in St. Louis.


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Raymond Koch attended Commonwealth College as a student and served as an employee of Commonwealth in various positions of management and as an instructor. Charlotte Moskowitz Koch earned a degree from Commonwealth College and later served as the college’s executive secretary and treasurer. Following their tenure at Commonwealth Mr. and Ms. Koch continued to work as advocates of cooperative and labor education. Their papers document the history of Commonwealth College and relate Mr. and Ms. Koch’s work in the labor movement.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 2) and Series 3 (Boxes 3-6). Folders are arranged alphabetically or chronologically depending on the series.

Series 1 and 3 are each further arranged into 2 subseries.


Raymond and Charlotte Moskowitz Koch deposited their papers with the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in August of 1980.


Photographs of Commonwealth College have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections. Two books have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1982.
Guide to the Raymond Koch and Charlotte Moskowitz Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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