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Noel B. Reynolds papers

Identifier: MSS 7935
Collection contains personal files including correspondence, research files, and course materials. The correspondence includes both personal and professional subject material. Included in the research files are the works of theorists of law and economy. The course materials contain those collected by Noel B. Reynolds at Harvard University as a student, as well as those collected at Brigham Young University as a faculty member in the Political Science Department. Materials date from between 1966 and 2011.


  • 1966-2011


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 Noel B. Reynolds papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Noel B. Reynolds (1942- ) is a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

After earning a Ph.D. in the Department of Government at Harvard University in 1971, Noel B. Reynolds accepted a position at Brigham Young University in the political science department. His honors and positions held include the chair of the Department of Philosophy, the Honors Program Professor of the Year, the associate academic vice president, the director of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), and the executive director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Reynolds has also served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, the University of Edinburgh, and BYU's Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Noel B. Reynolds has completed significant research and work on subjects ranging from Plato's political theory, constitutionalism and the rule of law, to authorship studies, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Book of Mormon.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Reynolds has served as a bishop, a stake president, and a mission president. He is married to Sydney Smith Reynolds, the first counselor in the general Primary presidency from 1999 to 2005, and they have eleven children.


Arranged in four series: 1. Correspondence, 1981-1997. 2. Research files, undated. 3. Faculty course materials, 1978-2011. 4. Personal course materials, 1966-1985.

The original order of these materials was maintained.

Custodial History

Donated by Noel B. Reynolds in July 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Noel B. Reynolds; July 2011.


Office files (University Archives collecting policy, July 2003).

Processing Information

Processed; Dani Peterson; August 2011.
Register of the Noel B. Reynolds papers
Dani Peterson
2011 August 8
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States