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Frank Reynolds Professional Papers (MS-00926)

Abstract

The Frank Reynolds Professional Papers contain architectural drawings, photographic slides, and corporate records detailing the work and travels of American architect Frank Reynolds between 1946 and 2012, with a focus between 1964 and 2008. The collection includes records from Reynolds' doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and of his firm Frank Reynolds Architects. Also included are lecture materials from his time as a professor of architectural history, computer graphic design, and urban planning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Photographs in the collection were collected by Reynolds during his travels throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

Finding Aid - PDF
Date
1946-2012
bulk 1964-2008
Extent
18.82 Cubic Feet (20 boxes, 19 rolls, and 3 oversized boxes)
21.11 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Papers
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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, with the exception of materials that are restricted to protect personally identifiable information. Restrictions are noted at the file level of this inventory. If use copies do not exist, reformatting/production of use copies is required before access will be granted; this may delay research requests. Advanced notice is required.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be protected by copyrights and other rights. See Reproductions and Use on the UNLV Special Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permissions to publish.

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Scope and Contents

The Frank Reynolds Professional Papers contain architectural drawings, photographic slides, and corporate records detailing the work and travels of American architect Frank Reynolds between 1946 and 2012, with a focus between 1964 and 2008. The collection includes material from Reynolds' professional work from his architectural firm Frank Reynolds Architects, photographic prints and publications produced from his photography company Air Plan, and reports for the City of Las Vegas. Educational material include his studies for his doctoral degree and lecture material his time as a professor of architectural history, graphic design, and urban design at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Visual materials primarily consist of color slides, as well as negatives and photographic prints, that detail his personal travels and studies. Photographs were collected during his travels throughout the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South America. The collection also contains material performed throughout Reynolds' professional career, with a focus on urban planning, design, and studies. Locations for Reynolds’ urban and architectural design work include West Bloomfield Township, Michigan; Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia (MYAS); and Las Vegas, Nevada. Publications and photographic prints included pertain to Reynolds’ work, studies, and lectures in urban planning and architectural history. Additionally, the collection contains drawings from throughout his architectural career, including redesigns for General Motors offices, as well as conceptual drawings, photographs, and publications for General Motors’ 1964 New York World's Fair exhibit.

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Detroit, Michigan on October 3, 1931, Frank Elon Reynolds started his architectural career as a city planner in Phoenix, Arizona. Beginning in the mid-1970s, he worked in Pontiac and West Bloomfield, Michigan as an architect and city planner. In the early 1980s, Reynolds worked in Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah, Saudi Arabia as a city planner while collecting photographs of historic architecture throughout the region. Reynolds moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in the late 1980s, where he worked for the City of Las Vegas as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development for twenty two years. During this time, Reynolds also taught architectural history, graphic design, and urban planning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture for twenty-years. Reynolds also flew commercially and took extensive aerial photographs of Las Vegas, which he used to illustrate his urban planning and design lectures. Reynolds retired in 2007 and died on November 9, 2015.

Source:

"Frank Elon Reynolds." The Detroit News. November 15, 2015. Accessed May 22, 2019. https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/detroitnews/obituary.aspx?n=frank-elon-reynolds&pid=179865636

Arrangement

These records are organized into three series:

Series I. Visual material, 1964-2004;

Series II. Educational and professional papers, 1961-2012;

Series III. Architectural drawings, 1946-2008.

Preferred Citation

Frank Reynolds Professional Papers, 1946-2012. MS-00926. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NvLN::MS00926
Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated in 2019 by Randi Ingram and Rick Reynolds; accession number 2019-036.

Processing Information

In 2019, as part of an archival backlog elimination project, Jimmy Chang rehoused and arranged the materials, wrote the finding aid, and entered the data into ArchivesSpace.

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