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Donald W. Reichle Audio Fidelity Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 17 Feb 2011

Biographical History

Audio Fidelity (1954-1984) was a small recording company based in New York City that offered very high technical specifications for early hi-fi and stereo audiophiles. The company was the first to cut a stereo LP for release (side 1 was The Dukes of Dixieland, side 2 was railroad sound effects), and Sidney Frey, its founder and president, was known as "Mr. Stereo" for his pioneering work in making stereophonic sound recordings widely available. Notable artists appearing on the Audio Fidelity label include Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Lalo Schifrin, Oscar Brand, Lionel Hampton, Larry Adler, Johnny Puleo, Patachou, Mohammed El-Bakkar, Leon Berry, Eddie Cantor, and many others

In 1985 the company changed its name to Milestone Records and in 1997 was purchased out of bankruptcy. The name "Audio Fidelity Records" is presently (2011) licensed to Morada Enterprises, which releases specialty CDs; the original Audio Fidelity catalog is currently (2011) being released under the Max Cat Records reissue label.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Donald W. Reichle Audio Fidelity Collection consists of recordings on the Audio Fidelity label. The majority are 33-1/3 record albums, with a few other formats also represented.

The collection also contains a CD with an extensive and comprehensive Audio Fidelity discography, compiled by the donor. The discography is interactive and contains the following information:

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.


Access Restrictions:

The collection is currently unprocessed and not available for research. Please contact Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Reichle, Donald W.

Corporate Bodies

Audio Fidelity (Firm)


Music -- History and criticism.
Sound -- Recording and reproduction.
Sound recording industry.
Sound recordings -- Collectors and collecting.

Genres and Forms

Long-playing records.


Collectors and collecting.
Sound recording.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Donald W. Reichle Audio Fidelity Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Donald W. Reichle, 2010.

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