University Archives



2015-06-26 10:30:27

University Archives buys and sells autographs and historical documents.

It has compiled an inventory of historically significant documents, manuscripts, letters and relics, in all price ranges.

The archives are part of the University Companies, which began in 1979.

Historical figures featured in the archives include former United States Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.


John Reznikoff, President

John Reznikoff, the company’s founder, started collecting in 1968.

Reznikoff has appeared on TV, radio, has written many articles, and been mentioned in national and local newspapers and magazines.

According to the University Archives website, John has:

[An] encyclopedic knowledge of rare and historic manuscripts, documents and relics, his unswerving passion for integrity, and his respect for and staunch desire to preserve our history for future generations draw the attention of curators, investors, collectors, foundations, and the press.

John is headquartered in Westport, Connecticut, and frequently wears a wireless headset to free him to move about and conduct business.


Reznikoff trained with the Illuminati of autographs, the late Charles Hamilton.

His other mentors included the late Robert Batchelder and Robert Tollett. Tollett’s heirs selected Reznikoff to purchase the 7-figure estate.

Another great influence in Reznikoff’s life was the late Robert A. Siegel, namesake of the philatelic firm which continues to be a leader in the field nearly 80 years after its inception. Siegel was a grandfatherly figure to Reznikoff, and helped him launch his full-time career at age 18.

Expert witness

Reznikoff frequently appears as an expert witness having to do with questioned documents, not necessarily autographs.

‘Law & Order’ episode

In February 2009, the hit TV show “Law & Order” broadcast an episode that was modelled in great part after the achievements of Reznikoff’s career.

Purchase of Barack Obama’s jeep

The 2000 Jeep Cherokee once owned by President Barack Obama has been purchased by John Reznikoff. The car is being housed at Classic Car Gallery in Southport.

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