Mary Ross Reynolds papers Edit


MSS 119 Oversize


  • 1912 – 1963 (Creation)


  • .5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Libraries Special Collections' reading room.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Mary Ross Reynolds Papers, MSS 119, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Mary Ross Reynolds.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Leslie M. Behm in October 2012.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Born in Pleasant Valley, Livingston County, Michigan; Mary Ross attended Michigan Agricultural College, graduating in 1903. She married Chauncey Preston Reynolds in 1902, an editor of the Prairie Farmer. Widowed in 1910 with two small children, she embarked on a successful career as an editor of weekly farm journals, and was among the first women in the field. Moving to D.C. to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture during WWI, she later accepted a job offer in Philadelphia, PA. In Philadelphia, she began collecting cookbooks, which she later donated to her Alma Mater. Her donation became the core of the MSU Libraries Special Colletions' cookery collection. Mrs. Reynolds was recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award at the MSU Commencement Exercises in 1947. She passed away on January, 6 1963.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of correspondence, notes on cookbooks, collecting cookbooks, her biography, newspaper articles she wrote, and photographs. Within the newspaper clippings, is the advertisement Mary Ross Reynolds answered for her first editorial job in Springfield, Mass.