Scope and Content
Title: Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence
Inclusive Dates: 1893-1921
Collection Number: mssReynolds
Creator OR Collector:
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
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Abstract: Correspondence between traveling salesman Howard Reynolds and teacher Alice Reeves Reynolds of Los Angeles (both before and
after their marriage in 1903).
Language of Material: The material is in English.
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[Identification of item], Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Gift of William R. and Alice B. Granewich, October 2016. This collection of correspondence was given to Katherine Thomson
of Upland, California (and preserved by her) by Alice Reeves Reynolds' attorney after her death in the 1950s. It was accepted
at the time that there were no remaining heirs or relatives. Katherine Thomson placed the material with Alice Granewich in
the early 1990s. Material placed on deposit at The Huntington Library in 2000 and converted to a gift in 2016.
Howard Reynolds was born in England in 1863 to George W. Reynolds and Emma Reynolds. The family moved to the United States
in 1872. Alice Reeves was born in Illinois in 1865. By 1894, Alice was living on Bunker Hill in Los Angeles, teaching; she
and Howard were corresponding by letters on an almost daily basis at that time. Howard was an underwear salesman and traveled
around the United States for his job. He worked for the Baker Underwear Company along with his father.
Howard and Alice were married in 1903. In 1927, they were living in La Crescenta, California. Howard died in 1932 in Los Angeles
and Alice died in the 1950s, also in Los Angeles.
Scope and Content
The majority of this collection is made up of letters by Howard Reynolds to Alice Reeves Reynolds both before and after their
marriage in 1903 (1894-1921), although there is half of a box of letters by Alice to Howard (1901-1911). In these letters,
one can follow their courtship and marriage. Howard often talks about his business and his travels (especially throughout
the American west) and Alice talks about her life as a teacher, social events, trips, health, etc.
There are a several other letters by various family members and friends including Howard’s father George W. Reynolds, Alice’s
sister Carrie Reeves Slaydon, and a fellow traveling salesman working with Howard, Karl H. Vesper.
The collection also contains a few pieces of ephemera, some invoices from the Baker Underwear Company, and many empty envelopes.
There are also transcripts of many of the letters, but not all.
Reynolds, Alice Reeves
Courtship -- California
Teachers -- California -- Correspondence
Traveling sales personnel -- Correspondence
Women -- California -- Los Angeles
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
Invoices -- United States -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century