Howard and Alice Reynolds correspondence

Finding aid prepared by Brooke M. Black, September 24, 2017
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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.

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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

Subjects

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

Genre

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


Container List

Box 1

Correspondence: A – Reeves

Folder  1

A. Goodman & Co. Letter to Howard Reynolds and George W. Reynolds (1902)

Folder  2

Alexander, Eva. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, July 25)

Folder  3

Baker Underwear Company. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1901-1904)

Folder  4

Baker, J. S.(?) Letter to [Howard Reynolds] [undated]

Folder  5

Beardsley & McPheron. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1904, May 9)

Folder  6

Campbell, M. B. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Aug. 25)

Folder  7

Cooper, Alice C. Letter to Carrie Reeves Slaydon (1901, Aug. 12)

Folder  8

Dakin, H. E. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1901, Mar. 8)

Folder  9

Davison, Royal E. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1901-1904)

Folder  10

Dickinson, A. W. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1900, Dec. 21)

Folder  11

Dodson, William Ernest. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Jan. 26)

Folder  12

Engel, Sylvia. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1907, June 13)

Folder  13

Engel, Sylvia. Letter to Howard Reynolds and Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, June 1)

Folder  14

Ferguson, John H. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1911, Jan. 4)

Folder  15

Flack, Anna G. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Feb.)

Folder  16

Fuller, Emma J. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1907, Dec. 17)

Folder  17

Hanna, Alfreda. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900, Jan. 29)

Folder  18

Hansen, -----, Dr. Letter to [Howard Reynolds] [after 1903]

Folder  19

Hawley, Cal E. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900-1903)

Folder  20

Hawley, Cal E. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Carrie Reeves Slaydon (1900-1901)

Folder  21

Hyde, G. F. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1908)

Folder  22

International Silver Company. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1906, Nov. 19)

Folder  23

Ironside, Harry A. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900-1901)

Folder  24

James, Emily B. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904-1908)

Folder  25

Jay, Edith M. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, Aug. 21)

Folder  26

Jenkins, Evaline. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1911, Sep. 22)

Folder  27

Kammermeyer, Harold. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Feb.)

Folder  28

Lamon(?), C. W. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1901, Nov. 20)

Folder  29

Lane & Cooper. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1898, Mar. 4)

Folder  30

Lang(?), Neal(?) Letter to Howard Reynolds (1901, Apr. 3)

Folder  31

Little, William. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900-1908)

Folder  32

Lockwood, Ethel. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906-1907)

Folder  33

Lovejoy, Clara Collis. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Dec. 12)

Folder  34

M----, L. B. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900, Mar. 19)

Folder  35

Maddux, Lillis G. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Apr. 8)

Folder  36

Maddux, Lillis G. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1905, Dec.)

Folder  37

Maddux, S. H., Mrs. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, May 15)

Folder  38

Nielsen, Matthias. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1901, Oct. 1)

Folder  39

O'Kiefe, James E. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1910, Aug. 6)

Folder  40

Parry, Frank S. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, Aug. 6)

Folder  41

Potter, Nellie I. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, July 3)

Folder  42

Potter, Nellie I. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1902-1903)

Folder  43

Quincey, Z. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1908)

Folder  44

Reeves, Eliza. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Apr.)

Folder  45

Reeves, Eliza. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1905-1908)

Box 2

Correspondence: Reynolds, Alice Reeves – Reynolds, George W.

Folder  1

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1901)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1902)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1903)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1904)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1905)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1906)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1907)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1908)

Folder  9

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1909)

Folder  10

Reynolds, Alice Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1910-1911)

Folder  11

Reynolds, Annie. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1908, Nov. 21)

Folder  12

Reynolds, Arthur. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1897-1907)

Folder  13

Reynolds, Emma. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1902, Feb. 28)

Folder  14

Reynolds, G. Bergen. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1911, Jan. 4)

Folder  15

Reynolds, George W. Letter to "My dear children" (1889, Apr. 5)

Folder  16

Reynolds, George W. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1889-1902)

Folder  17

Reynolds, George W. Letters to Howard Reynolds and Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904)

Box 3

Correspondence: Reynolds, Howard to Baker – Reynolds, Howard to Alice Reeves Reynolds, 1901

Folder  1

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Baker Underwear Company (1904, July 14)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Graham Sykes & Co. (1908, July 17)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1894-1895)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1897)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1898)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1899)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1900)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, July)

Folder  9

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, Aug.)

Folder  10

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, Sep.)

Folder  11

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, Oct.)

Folder  12

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, Nov.)

Folder  13

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1901, Dec.)

Box 4

Correspondence: Reynolds, Howard to Alice Reeves Reynolds, 1902, Jan.-Aug.

Folder  1

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Jan)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Feb.)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Mar.)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Apr.)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, May)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, June)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, July)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Aug.)

Box 5

Correspondence: Reynolds, Howard to Alice Reeves Reynolds, 1902, Sep.-1904, May

Folder  1

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Sep.)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Oct.)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Nov.)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1902, Dec.)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Feb.)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Mar.)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Apr.)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, May-Sep.)

Folder  9

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, Feb.-Mar.)

Folder  10

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, Apr.)

Folder  11

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, May)

Box 6

Correspondence: Reynolds, Howard to Alice Reeves Reynolds, 1904, June-1907, Apr.

Folder  1

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1904, June-Dec.)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1905, May 13)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Mar.)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Apr.)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, May)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Oct.)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Nov.)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906, Dec.)

Folder  9

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Feb.)

Folder  10

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Mar.)

Folder  11

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Apr.)

Box 7

Correspondence: Reynolds, Howard to Alice Reeves Reynolds, 1907, May-1921 – Reynolds, Howard to Scripps

Folder  1

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, May)

Folder  2

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, June)

Folder  3

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Aug.)

Folder  4

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Sep.-Nov.)

Folder  5

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, Feb.-Mar.)

Folder  6

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, Apr.-June)

Folder  7

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, Aug.)

Folder  8

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, Sep.)

Folder  9

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1908, Oct.)

Folder  10

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1909, Mar.)

Folder  11

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1909, Aug.-Nov.)

Folder  12

Reynolds, Howard. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1911-1921)

Folder  13

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Arthur Reynolds (1886, June 21)

Folder  14

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Emma Reynolds (1885, Dec. 11)

Folder  15

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to Ethel Reynolds (1885, Dec. 17)

Folder  16

Reynolds, Howard. Letter to E. W. Scripps (1904, July 5)

Box 8

Correspondence: Sandford – Wood and unidentified authors

Folder  1

Sandford, H. T. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1906, Feb. 25)

Folder  2

Schwanecke, Henry. Letters to Carrie Reeves Slaydon (1891-1893)

Folder  3

Slayden(?), W. W., Mrs. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1909, Sep. 14)

Folder  4

Slaydon, Carrie Reeves. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903-1909)

Folder  5

Slaydon, Carrie Reeves. Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1905-1909)

Folder  6

Slaydon, Carrie Reeves. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1901-1903)

Folder  7

[Slaydon, William W.] Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1906, Aug. 10)

Folder  8

Star Loan Company. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1903, Feb.)

Folder  9

Sullivan, Emma R. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Feb. 14)

Folder  10

Sullivan, Emma R. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1906)

Folder  11

Sullivan, John. Letters to Carrie Reeves Slaydon (1888-1889)

Folder  12

Thornton, Ginnie B. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1909, Apr. 16)

Folder  13

Vesper, Karl H. Letters to Howard Reynolds (1901-1904)

Folder  14

Willcox, Elmer, Mrs. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Oct. 2)

Folder  15

Wilson, H. P. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1905, Feb. 1)

Folder  16

Wood, Harmon & Co. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds [before 1903]

Folder  17

-----, Carrie. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Mar. 30

Folder  18

-----, Fay(?) Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1910, Nov. 10)

Folder  19

-----, Florence. Letter to Howard Reynolds and Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Nov. 18)

Folder  20

-----, Hope(?) Letters to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1906-1907)

Folder  21

-----, Hope(?) Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds and Howard Reynolds (1908, Jan. 11)

Folder  22

-----, Jane. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds (1907, Nov. 13)

Folder  23

-----, Mary. Letter to Alice Reeves Reynolds [undated]

Folder  24

[unidentified author]. Letter to Howard Reynolds (1886, Mar. 23)

Box 9

Ephemera, Invoices, and Collection Information

Folder  1

The Baker Underwear Company Invoices (1902-1911)

Folder  2

Empty Envelopes: Miscellaneous (1889-1904)

Folder  3

Empty Envelopes: To Alice Reeves Reynolds (1893-1910)

Folder  4

Empty Envelopes: To Howard Reynolds (1901-1910)

Folder  5

Ephemera (1906)

Folder  6

Harold Reynolds Travel Itinerary [between 1900 and 1910]

Folder  7

Newspaper Clippings [undated]

Folder  8

Information about Collection and Transcripts