The collection is divided into two subgroups: papers of Joseph Reichard, and papers of Anita Reichard. Each subgroup is made up of three series. In the first subgroup, these are: 1. Files of Service to Oberlin College, 2. Files of External Professional Activities, and 3. Publications File. The second subgroup consists of: 1. Biographical File, 2. Clippings File, and 3. Choir Tour Files.
In both sections of the collection, documentation is somewhat uneven. In Joseph Reichard's papers, coverage of professional activities is the most extensive. His work with the Oberlin language laboratory, as well as his role in popularizing this relatively new teaching method, are also well documented. Most of the materials in this subgroup consist of correspondence (both incoming and outgoing), programs and memoranda relating to conferences, and drafts of speeches given at these conferences. One of the speeches, given at a conference in Vienna in 1962, is in German, as is some of the correspondence.
In 1964, Anita Reichard accompanied the Oberlin College Choir, as manager and chaperone, on its tour of the Soviet Union and Romania. The two-month tour, which performed in twelve cities, was carried out under the auspices of the State Department's Cultural Presentation Program. Records relating to the tour make up most of the second subgroup. Especially noteworthy parts are the administrative papers (which include a personnel list and a copy of Oberlin's agreement with the State Department) and a collection of concert programs from the choir's performances abroad. There is also a file of photocopied newspaper articles and reviews, some of which are in Russian. Some bound volumes and other souvenirs of the trip are also included.