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Mary Ross Reynolds papers

Identifier: MSS 119 Oversize

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.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1963

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 authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

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.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box) ; 27 X 14 x 32 cm

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Mary Ross Reynolds.

Processing Information

Processed by Leslie M. Behm in October 2012.

Finding Aid for the Mary Ross Reynolds papers,1912-1963
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA