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Jonathan F. Reichert papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20-4F-1356

Scope and Contents

Jonathan F. Reichert papers, 1941-2000 contains the personal and professional papers of Jonathan F. Reichert, including personal and professional correspondence; certificates of educational and extracurricular achievement; event programs and flyers; course and lecture notes and materials including posters, View-Masters, and overhead projector transparencies; lecture recordings; clippings; draft, proof, and hard copies of Reichert's books; lecture notes and research pertaining to the Strategic Defense Initiative.


  • 1941-2000


Terms of Access and Use

The Jonathan F. Reichert papers, 1941-2000 are open to researchers.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Jonathan F. Reichert is a professor emeritus in physics at the University at Buffalo. Throughout his career, Reichert has held strong interests in solid state experimental physics, the Strategic Defense Initiative, and undergraduate education.

Reichert was born on August 29, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the son of Victor E. Reichert, rabbi and long-time friend of American poet Robert Frost. He received a B.S. in Physics from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland in 1953, and went on to receive his Ph.D. in the same field from Washington University in St. Louis in 1962.

After completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard University, he transitioned into a career in academia, becoming an assistant professor at Western Research University in 1965. Reichert held a variety of other professorships as well, becoming assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University in 1968 before accepting a position as associate professor at UB in 1970.

In 1973, Reichert achieved tenure at UB, where he held major University responsibilities and chaired a variety of committees. Most notably, he questioned the structure of the introductory physics course, helped develop UB's General Education Program, instituted and chaired the "Physics in the 80s" lecture series, developed the "innovations in Science" program, and developed undergraduate laboratories, including the UB Physics Shops.

Outside his University activities, Reichert developed TeachSpin, Inc. in 1992, which provides reliable, affordable instruments and courses to physics instructors, and retired from UB in 1998 to focus on the project full-time. He has continued to be an active member of the physics community, beginning the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation in 2014 to help fund and furnish laboratory programs and participating as a board member, founding member, and mentor in the Advanced Laboratory Physics Association (ALPhA).


7.9 Linear Feet (5 cartons, 1 oversize box, 1 triangular roll storage tube, 2 negative slide boxes, 1 slide tray)

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This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Jonathan F. Reichert, professor emeritus of physics at the University at Buffalo.


This collection is arranged in five series: I. Biographical Materials, 1941-1955; II. Professional Papers, 1953-1990; III. Teaching Materials, 1966-1998; IV. Books, 1976-2000; and V. Strategic Defense Initiative, 1979-1995.

Acquisition Information

The Jonathan F. Reichert papers were gifted to University Archives by Jonathan F. Reichert, in December 2016 as accession 16-021.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Grace Trimper, November 2018; finding aid encoded by Grace Trimper, November 2018.


Finding Aid for the Jonathan F. Reichert papers
Finding aid prepared by Grace Trimper.
28 November 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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