Harry Reuben Reynolds papers, 1930-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Reynolds, Harry Reuben, 1898-1974
Harry Reuben Reynolds papers
1930-1970 (inclusive)
5 boxes, (2.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number
Correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, subject files. Subjects include Utah State University theater productions and art exhibits, centennial celebrations, and the Utah State Fair.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Harry Reuben Reynolds came to Utah State University in 1923 as an art instructor. For the next forty-five years, Reynolds taught in the art department at Utah State. During his time at the college, Reynolds played an important role in promoting the arts at the University and in the community and state. His papers reflect that involvement and are a testament to the recognition he received as an artist and as a civic leader.

Reynolds was born in Centerburg, Ohio on January 29, 1898 and passed away in Logan, Utah March 10, 1974. Reynolds received his initial schooling in art at the Chicago Art Institute and graduated from that school in 1923. During his time at Utah State, Reynolds continually worked at furthering his education. In 1930, he spent nine months touring in France, Spain, and in the Canary Islands. While in Europe, he studied and photographed sculpture, paintings, and formal gardens. After returning to USU, he incorporated these photographs into his art classes as visual aids. In 1939, he spent a year taking classes in Art History at the University of Iowa and in 1961, he completed a short course at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.

In addition to his ongoing efforts to enhance his education, Reynolds was involved in promoting the arts in Utah. One area in which he made an impact was his involvement with the Utah State Fair. Reynolds served on the Board of Directors from 1940 until the 1960's and in 1962 was elected President of that Board. As general Art Chairman for the "Days of '47" Centennial Celebration Committee, he was instrumental, in bringing the noted art exhibit "100 Years of American Painting" to Utah from the Whitney and the Metropolitan Museums of Art in New York.

As a recognition for his promotion of and contributions to the advancement of art in Utah, Reynolds was selected as the Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Utah Art Educators Association. Reynolds was also honored in an appointment by the Governor to spearhead the major project of inventorying all art owned by the State of Utah.

At Utah State University, in addition to his duties as an instructor and lecturer, Reynolds was also involved in many extra-curricular activities. Reynolds served as the faculty advisor to the Buzzer yearbook from 1946-1962 and chaired the Utah State University Art Committee for a number of years. In 1955, he accepted the position of Production Manager for USU production "Look On he Land," a play written to celebrate Cache Valley's Centennial. The Play was an outstanding success and has been revived again in recent years. Because of Professor Reynolds fine work as an educator, he was nominated and became a finalist for the "Instructor of the Year" award in 1959.

H. Reuben Reynold's civic work aside probably his most important contributions came as a professional photographer Reynolds did pioneering work in the use of slides as backdrops for theater performances. He was also one of the first to produce quality photomicrographs and was asked to do such work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Reynolds work was of such high quality, that he was often invited to display his art at shows throughout the country He was specially invited to show his work at the National Professional Photographers Convention and in 1939 was asked to lecture on the topic "The Why of the Additive and Subtractive Processes in Direct Color Portraitures."

Reynolds in his years at Utah State University brought a lasting quality and reputation to Utah art and to the Utah State University Art and Photography Departments.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Harry Reuben Reynolds Papers span a forty year period from the 1930s to the 1970s. The Reynolds Papers reflect his involvements in art and theater while at Utah State University.

The papers came to Utah State organized in subject areas. This organization was refined but mainly kept intact. In addition to the many subject files, there were two portfolios containing newspaper clippings chronicling the highlights of Reynold's career, and a collection of photographs by and of Reynolds.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


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Permission to publish material from the Harry Reuben Reynolds papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Harry Reuben Reynolds papers, 1930-1970. (COLL MSS 106). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 U.S.A.C. Art Department Invoices 1947-49, and 1957
1 2 U.S.A.C Art Department: Listing of photo equipment at the University 1946-47
1 3 Art Education University class: Handwritten lecture notes and typed information booklets
1 4 Art Workshop: correspondence
1 5 Art Workshop: publicity
1 6 Buzzer Yearbook: Newspaper clippings
1 7 Buzzer Yearbook: Miscellaneous 1961-62
1 8 Buzzer Yearbook: Miscellaneous 1961-62
1 9 Cache Valley Arts Festival: Newspaper clippings
1 10 Cache Valley Centennial: College Centennial Production Committee: Meeting minutes and correspondence 1955-56
1 11 Cache Valley Centennial: Newspaper Clippings
1 12 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Correspondence 1955-57
1 13 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Costume measurement information
1 14 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Handwritten notes by Reynolds regarding the production
1 15 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Misc., lists, outlines, and info
1 16 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Newspaper Clippings
1 17 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Printed Matter
1 18 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Programs, souvenir programs, program ticket
1 19 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Purchase orders, requisitions, bills, receipts 1955-57
1 20 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Rehearsal book and lyrics
1 21 Cache Valley Centennial Production "Look On The Land": Unused Stationary
1 22 Correspondence: Anne Carroll Moore 1930-38
1 23 Correspondence: Anonymous letters negative of both USAC leadership, and of Fritz Champ
1 24 Correspondence: Committee on Services Which the Art Institute Might Render
1 25 Correspondence: Misc. 1929-73 & undated
1 26 Correspondence: Student 1930-67
1 27 Correspondence: Exhibits 1945-56
1 28 Exhibits: Newspaper clippings
2 1 Exhibits: Newspaper Clippings
2 2 Exhibits: Newspaper Clippings
2 3 Exhibits: Newspaper Clippings flyers, and programs
2 4 Film Festival Clippings
2 5 Honors: Certificates of Award
2 6 Honors: Letters of Congratulation
2 7 Honors: Newspaper Clippings
2 8 Honors: Utah State University Oscar Awards 1958
2 9 Honors: Utah State University Robins Awards 1964
2 10 Honors: Who's Who In America┬░
2 11 Honors: Who's Who In American Art
2 12 How-to books and advertising brochures
2 13 Letters of recommendation from S.R Stock and A Stark
2 14 Pastel by H.R. Reynolds
2 15 Photographs: Correspondence concerning
Photographs removed
3 12 Photomicrographs: Correspondence about
3 13 Photomicrographs: Information concerning
3 14 Photomicrograph
3 15 Professional Photographer Convention 1939
3 16 Reynolds: Art articles & misc
3 17 Reynolds: Newspaper Clippings
3 18 Reynolds: Personal History
3 19 Reynolds: Personal History
3 20 Reynolds: Private photo business material
3 21 Reynolds: Slide Collection information and clippings
3 22 State of Utah Art Inventory
3 23 State of Utah Art Inventory: Newspaper Clippings
3 24 State of Utah Art Inventory: North Cache Junior High School Collection 1965
3 25 State of Utah Art Inventory for the "100 Years Of American Paintings" exhibition
3 26 Student Evaluations: Professor Reynolds Art classes
3 27 Table Manners sheet: 318th (Aircrew) College Training Detachment at the USAC
3 28 Teaching Contracts 1951 and 1953
3 29 Theater: Newspaper Clippings
3 30 Theater Programs
3 31 Theater: Script for "A Star Was Born In '96."
3 32 USAC Authorization slips for travel
Also, State of Utah Travel expense papers.
3 33 USAC Faculty Association Constitution with proposed amendments
3 34 USAC Miscellaneous materials
3 35 USAC Student Publications Council materials
3 36 USAC Summer School bulletins, announcements, and fliers advertising summer workshops
3 37 Utah Centennial: Booklet advertising
3 38 Utah Centennial: Correspondence 1946-47
4 1 Utah Centennial: U.S.U. Bulletin
4 2 Utah Centennial Arts Division: Booklet of Information January 20, 1947
4 3 Utah Centennial Art Show" 100 Years of American Painting" : Agenda, Budget, News release, proposed promotion plan, tentative listings of artist tour guides
4 4 Utah Centennial Art Show "100 Years of American Painting" : Programs
4 5 Utah Centennial Art Show "100 Years of American Painting" : Transcripts from three radio shows advertising the Art show
4 6 Utah Centennial Commission: Arts Division Final Report Sept. 15, 1947
4 7 Utah Centennial Commission: Arts Division Source Book
4 8 Utah Centennial Commission: Centennial Programs
4 9 Utah Centennial Commission: Guidelines and rule sheets for various centennial programs
4 10 Utah Centennial Commission: Invitations and Thank-You Notes
4 11 Utah Centennial Commission: Minutes of various committees of the Centennial Commission, all dating from early 1946
4 12 Utah Centennial Commission: Two-minute speech produced to be read in church and civic groups to inform the residents of Utah about the upcoming Utah Centennial celebrations and events
4 13 Utah Centennial Commission: Official Souvenir programs
4 14 Utah State Fair: Correspondence 1958
4 15 Utah State Fair: Correspondence 1959
4 16 Utah State Fair: Correspondence 1960
4 17 Utah State Fair: Correspondence 1962
4 18 Utah State Fair: Newspaper Clippings
4 19 Utah State Fair: Clippings
4 20 Utah State Institute of Fine Arts
4 21 Utah State University Art Gallery
4 23 Unused Centennial Commission and Art Department stationary
4 24 Emptied envelopes from the Reynolds correspondence
5 Salt Lake Tribune issues from 1947 celebrating Utah's Centennial Year
5 Logan Herald Journal issues from 1956 celebrating Cache Valley's Centennial Year

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Artists--Utah.
  • Theater--Utah--Logan.
  • Utah--Centennial celebrations.
  • Personal Names :
  • Reynolds, Harry Reuben, 1898-1974.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Utah Centennial Commission.
  • Utah State Fair.
  • Utah State University. Art Gallery.
  • Utah State University. Dept. of Art.
  • Utah State University. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives. (contributor)
  • Utah State University--Faculty--Archives.