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Alice Louise Reynolds notebook on senior theory

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9155

Scope and Contents

Contains the notebook Alice Louise Reynolds used while a student at Brigham Young Academy. Includes notes from courses on teaching, including theory, history of education, and educational systems. Written in cursive. Inscribed by Reynolds with the date of August 8, 1889 and the words "Senior Theory" on the inside cover.


  • 1889


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alice Louise Reynolds notebook on senior theory must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Alice Louise Reynolds (1873-1938) was a Brigham Young University professor. Alice Louise Reynolds was born on April 1, 1873 to George Reynolds and Mary Ann Tuddenhaum Reynolds. At age 12, she was sent to study at Brigham Young Academy after the death of her mother, where she studied under Karl G. Maeser. She graduated from the Academy in 1890, and went on to pursue a Bachelor of Pedagogy degree from the University of Michigan, from which she graduated in 1895. Reynolds returned to Brigham Young Academy to teach college-level courses, becoming the first woman to do so. She was awarded two other degrees, a Bachelor of Didactics from the Church Board of Education in 1897, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University 1910. She was the first woman to be a full professor at Brigham Young University. Besides teaching, Reynolds was a national Democratic committee member and convention delegate. She was active and served in the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the National American Women Suffrage Conventions, and the League of Women Votes. Along with her political and social service, she continued studying at such universities as Cornell, Berkely, Columbia, and the University of Chicago, along with study in London and Paris. She also became the committee chair of the Brigham Young University library. Reynolds served on the board for the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for 20 years, and was also called to the General Board of the Relief Society. In this calling, she edited the Relief Society Magazine and made contributions to the literary lessons of the Relief Society curriculum. Reynolds died of cancer on December 5, 1938.


1 folder ((0.05) linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased from Saber Ben Hassen in August 2018. Hassen found the item at an estate sale in Sugarhouse, Utah.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Saber Ben Hassen; 2018.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy

Condition Description

Some pages at the end of the book have been torn out, causing some issues with the binding.


Dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.




The title is mostly a supplied title, but the words "senior theory" come from the inside cover of Reynolds's notebook.


The notebook has the date August 8, 1889 written on the inside cover. It was not written all in one day, but there is no date indicating when the notebook was finished.

Processing Information

Processed; Krysta Taylor, student archives intern, and John Murphy, curator; 2018.



Register of Alice Louise Reynolds Notebook
Krysta Taylor
2018 October 17
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States