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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:

Oral history interview with Fern Eyring Fletcher

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 70
Scope and Contents

Interview by Hollis Scott with Fern Eyring Fletcher of her recollections of childhood, her father Stephen L. Chipman, various General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, experiences in high school, as a student at Brigham Young University, about faculty members at BYU, her teaching experiences at BYU, and her feelings about BYU. Includes sound recordings and a transcript.

Dates: 1981

Photograph of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227643381]
Identifier: MSS 3811
Scope and Contents

Group portrait of the Alice Louise Reynolds Club, the Salt Lake Chapter, taken at the Lion House on May 19, 1977. The names of the group members can be found on the back of the portrait.

Dates: 1977

Portrait of Alice Louise Reynolds

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225544508]
Identifier: UA 1284
Scope and Contents

Materials include a portrait of Alice Louise Reynolds. Dated approximately 1920.

Dates: approximately 1920

Alice Louise Reynolds diplomas

 File — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197235227235]
Identifier: UA 5706
Scope and Contents

Contains five diplomas for Alice Louise Reynolds for High School, Brigham Young Academy, and other education. Dated from 1892 to 1912.

Dates: 1892-1912

Alice Louise Reynolds notebook on senior theory

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239250670]
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.

Dates: 1889

Alice Louise Reynolds papers

 Collection — Box 4: [Barcode: 31197231038735]
Identifier: MSS 120
Scope and Contents

Material contains Reynolds's handwritten correspondence from 1912 to 1937; diaries from 1924 to 1925, 1934, and 1937; lecture notes on English literature and European history from 1894; and autobiographical and miscellaneous notes from 1935 to 1938. The materials document the various aspects of Reynolds's career and life. The diaries were kept largely when Reynolds was travelling in Europe and the Middle East.

Dates: 1894-1938

Alice Louise Reynolds photographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197239135640]
Identifier: UA P 6
Scope and Contents

Contains photographs and negatives of Alice Louise Reynolds, her family, and friends. Materials date from between 1876 and 1938.

Dates: 1876-1938

Students of the first twenty-five years

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233274908]
Identifier: UA SC 31

Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association minutes

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230329465]
Identifier: MSS SC 3014
Scope and Contents

Minutes of local church organization, commonly known as the YLMIA, headquartered in Provo, Utah. Clerks who wrote the minutes included Mary Borhard and Prilla Frisby. The minutes include regular mention of Alice Louise Reynolds, an officer of the organization.

Dates: 1901-1908

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Letters 4
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