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Frank Reynolds Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-090909

Scope Note

The Frank Reynolds 2 Papers comprise a set of personal papers belonging to the American journalist and broadcaster Frank Reynolds (1923-1983). A large number of condolence letters written to Mrs. Henrietta Reynolds, Frank's widow, are contained in this collection. Some single letters of condolence from prominent Americans are found in this archive. Also present are photographs depicting not only Frank Reynolds, but also many notable Americans, such as U.S. Presidents. Documents of many formats are also preserved: ABC News video tapes, plaques and awards, phonographic records, and objects.

The Frank Reynolds Papers 2 are housed in 24 boxes and amount to 22.25 linear feet of material. The documents date from 1938 to 1986, and the bulk of them date from 1968 to 1983.

The Frank Reynolds Papers 2 complement the Frank Reynolds Papers 1 which are already preserved in the Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections.


  • 1938 - 1986
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical note

Frank Reynolds (1923-1983) was an award-winning American television broadcaster. He was from East Chicago, Illinois. Reynolds studied at Wabash College in the state of Indiana. After earning a Purple Heart for his military service during World War II, Reynolds embarked upon a career in journalism. In 1947, he took a job in Hammond, Indiana at station WJOB. He then served as a newsman for 14 years with TV stations in Chicago, Illinois. Reynolds joined ABC in 1965. For a time, he served as White House correspondent. He often anchored ABC News' Special Reports. From 1978 until his death in 1983, Reynolds worked as an anchorman on ABC television "World News Tonight."

In 1979, Reynolds was featured on the ABC TV series "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage." With ABC, Reynolds covered a wide variety of political and societal news stories from the 1960s to 1983.

Frank Reynolds died on July 20, 1983.

[Source: "Washington Post" obituary, July 21, 1983.]


21.75 Linear Feet (24 boxes)

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Frank Reynolds Papers 2
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057