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Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence
    Inclusive Dates: 1893-1921
    Collection Number: mssReynolds
    Creator OR Collector: Reynolds, Howard
    Extent: 9 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    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.

    Administration Information


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Reynolds, Alice Reeves
    Reynolds, Howard


    Courtship -- California
    Teachers -- California -- Correspondence
    Traveling sales personnel -- Correspondence
    Women -- California -- Los Angeles

    Geographic Areas

    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