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Jon A. Reynolds papers

Identifier: Jon A. Reynolds papers

Scope and Contents

The Jon A. Reynolds papers primarily consist of correspondence, photographs, slides, transparencies, journals, brochures, maps, guides, posters, files, newspaper clippings, and military service awards. This collection contains four main components: Reynolds' experience in the Vietnam Conflict, his appointment as Air and Air Defense Attaché and assistant to Secretary of the Air Force, as well as his post-military position as President of Raytheon Company, and time spent in his undergraduate and graduate studies, teaching and research. They are divided into four corresponding series: Series I (U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, 1963-1996)documents the creator's time as a pilot, air traffic controller, and POW/MIA in North Vietnam; Series II (U.S. Air Force Military Defense, 1984-1990)documents cultural, social, and military life primarily in China,and the Soviet Union during the 1980s; Series III (President of Raytheon Company, 1994-2010) contains records of the companies business activities in China, while Series IV (Education and Teaching, 1955-1981)contains coursework, research, teaching materials, and ephemera from various Trinity organizations.


  • 1957 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

Jon A. Reynolds was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1937. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating in 1959 with a B.S. in Engineering. During his college years, he participated in the Air Force ROTC, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. Reynolds attended flight school in 1960-61, and then participated in Cold War deployments, including the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was later deployed to South Vietnam in 1963, where he flew 165 missions before being assigned to Thailand in 1964, where he participated in bombing runs on North Vietnam. His plane was shot down on November 28, 1965, and was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese army. He remained a prisoner of war for over seven years, spending time in several POW camps, including the infamous Hanoi Hilton (Son Tay). Reynolds was released in February, 1973. He enrolled at Duke University later that year, earning an M.A. (1975) and a Ph.D. (1980) in military history. Reynolds posted to the US Air Force Academy as an instructor and director of the military history department and then to the Naval War College. After attending Defense Intelligence School and receiving training in Mandarin Chinese, Reynolds served in Beijing, China,as Air Attaché (1984-1986) and Defense and Air Attaché (1986-1988)and Chief U.S. Military Representative in China from 1986-1988. Returning to the United States, he became the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force from 1988-1989, and then Director of the Defense Attaché System with the Defense Intelligence Agency until his retirement in 1990. He became the President of Raytheon Company, China from 1994-2003.


21.5 Cubic Feet (18 records center cartons, 3 manuscript box, and 2 flat boxes.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, photographs, slides, transparencies, journals, brochures, maps, guides, posters, files, newspaper clippings, and military service awards documenting Jon A. Reynolds activities as a pilot, air traffic controller, and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War from 1963-1973; as well as a student at Trinity College, Duke University, and a teacher at the Naval War College (U.S.). The collection further documents Reynolds' roles as an Air Defense Attache to China (1984-1988), senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (1988-1989), and finally, as Director of Defense Attache system until his retirement from the military in 1990 when he became President of Raytheon Company in China until 2003.


Series 1: U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, 1960-1996, Series 2: U.S. Air Force Military Defense, 1984-2013, Series 3: President of Raytheon Company, 1994-2010, Series 4: Education and Teaching, 1955-1981.

Processing Information

The Biographical History was written by Miriam Neiman. Series 1 also processed by Miriam Neiman in Spring 2016. Michelle C. Sigiel arranged and described formerly unprocessed and newly acquired portions of the collection that accrued between Spring and Fall 2016 as well as materials remaining unprocessed from the initial accession 2015-001 in Spring 2016.
Guide to the Jon A. Reynolds papers
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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