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Reynolds, Alice Louise, 1873-1938



  • Existence: 1873 - 1938

Biographical History

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.

Inaugural Annual Alice Louise Reynolds lecture [sound recording], 1988: sound disc label (lecture delivered 22 September 1988), Sept. 23, 2013 (b. Apr. 1, 1873; father George Reynolds; mother Mary Ann Tuddenhaum Reynolds; sent to Brigham Young Academy at age 12 after death of mother; studied under Karl G. Maeser; graduated from Academy in 1890; Bachelor of Pedagogy from University of Michigan; graduated from University in 1895; first woman to teach college-level courses at Academy; awarded a Bachelor of Didactics from Church Board of Education, 1897; awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, 1910; first woman to be a full professor at Brigham Young University; national Democratic committee member and convention delegate; General Federation of Women's Clubs; National American Women Suffrage Conventions; League of Women Voters; studied at Cornell; studied at Berkely; studied at Columbia; studied at University of Chicago; studied in London; studied in Paris; committee chair of Brigham Young University library; served on Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association board for 20 years; called to General Board of the Relief Society; edited Relief Society Magazine; literary contributions to Relief Society curriculum; d. of cancer on December 5, 1938)

Familysearch, via WWW, Dec. 4, 2014 (Alice Louise Reynolds; b. Apr. 1, 1873 in Salt Lake City, Utah; d. Dec. 5, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Alice Louise Reynolds Club records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 465
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes, correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, financial reports, and study courses of various chapters. Also includes newsclippings, tributes, an autobiography, and correspondence concerning Reynolds, and records of a project for a room in the library in remembrance of Reynolds.

Dates: 1932-1977

Alice Louise Reynolds collection of travel literature, 1898-1937

 Series — Box 3: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197231038727]
Identifier: MSS 120 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains travel guides, pamphlets, maps, and other literature related to Reynolds's travels in Europe and the Middle East. Materials were published between 1898 and 1937.

Dates: Publication: 1898-1937

Alice Louise Reynolds diaries and notes, 1894-1938

Identifier: MSS 120 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains diaries, lecture notes, correspondence, and autobiographical materials produced by Reynolds. Includes information on her teaching and travels. Materials dated between 1894 and 1938.

Dates: 1894-1938

Alice Louise Reynolds Library accession book

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231010007]
Identifier: UA 437
Scope and Contents

Contains an bound accession record (152 pages) listing the titles of books donated or purchased through the efforts of Alice Louise Reynolds. It also includes an extract from the Library Committee minutes explaining the genesis of the collection.

Dates: approximately 1915-1938

Associated Students of Brigham Young University records on World War

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231027423]
Identifier: UA 74
Scope and Contents

Bound notebooks with handwritten lists of Brigham Young University students enlisted in World War I and lists of those killed in action and receiving commendations. One notebook compiled by Alice Reynolds.

Dates: 1918-1919

English Department records

 File — Volume 1
Identifier: UA 20
Scope and Contents

Contains typewritten essays, stories, and poems written by members of an English class taught by Alice Louise Reynolds, 1934-1935.

Dates: 1934-1935

Harold B. Lee Library administrative records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2207
Scope and Contents

Contains files dealing with collection acquisitions for Brigham Young University Special Collections. Contains records for collection development; integrated library system; Alice Louise Reynolds and other collections; different library departments' papers; library annual reports, 1955-1985; budgeting requests and records; insurance values reports; library policy and procedure manuals; and other miscellaneous papers.

Dates: approximately 1955-1993

History of George Reynolds

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230316777]
Identifier: MSS SC 2057
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten manuscript. The item is a biogaphy on the life of George Reynolds (1842-1909) by his daughter Alice Louise Reynolds. George was a Mormon author who served on the board of directors of the Genealogical Society of Utah and as amember of the First Council of Seventies for the Mormon Church.

Dates: approximately 1920


 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230335520]
Identifier: MSS 369
Scope and Contents

Typewritten book draft. "A study of the historical, doctrinal, prophetical, and promise content of our L. D. S. hymns and classification based on the propriety of hymn selection." The work is a history and an analysis of LDS hymns and of those who wrote them. The item was coauthored by Florence J. Madsen (1886-1977).

Dates: approximately 1920

Library Committee meeting minutes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231036002]
Identifier: UA 209
Scope and Contents

Contains minutes of the Library Committee. It also includes a small tribute to Annie Gillespie and Alice Louise Reynolds.

Dates: 1917-1945

Additional filters:

Collection 17
Archival Object 2
Education 13
Colleges and Universities 12
Letters 4
Minutes (Records) 4
Europe -- Description and travel 3