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Noel B. Reynolds papers

Identifier: MSS 7935

Scope and Contents

Collection contains personal files including correspondence, research files, and course materials. The correspondence includes both personal and professional subject material, including letters from his mission in Uruguay. 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. Collection also contains a transcription of his mission letters made in 2022.


  • 1961-2022


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Noel B. Reynolds was born in 1942. 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, Reynolds has served as a missionary, 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.


7 cartons (7 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in five series: 1. Noel B. Reynolds correspondence, 1981-1997. 2. Noel B. Reynolds research files, approximately 1980-1996. 3. Noel B. Reynolds faculty course materials, 1978-2011. 4. Noel B. Reynolds graduate coursework, 1966-1985. 5. Noel B. Reynolds mission papers, 1961-1964, 2022.

Custodial History

Donated by Noel B. Reynolds in July 2011 and January 2023.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Noel B. Reynolds; July 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Noel Reynolds and Sydney Reynolds; January 2023.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Dani Peterson; August 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; June 2023. Series 5 added.

  • Three cartons of books were delivered to library acquisitions.
Register of the Noel B. Reynolds papers
Dani Peterson
2011 August 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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