Reynolda Estate, Aero Services Corp. of Philadelphia, c. 1927

Estate Archives

The Reynolda House Archives was established in 1993 to support interpretation of the historic site by the museum staff and for use by outside researchers.

The Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Library

The library of Reynolda House contains over 3,650 catalogued titles relating to American artists, exhibition catalogs, general art history, art theory, aesthetics, and criticism. 

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Estate Archives & Library

Estate Archives 

Established in 1993 to support interpretation of the historic site by Museum staff and for use by outside researchers, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art Archives houses unique documentary materials of enduring historical value including architectural and landscape drawings, correspondence, oral histories, and photographs. The  Estate Archives collections connect the local story of Reynolda and Winston-Salem to the broader national stories of the socio-economic impact of the tobacco industry, intersections with race and gender in the early twentieth century, women’s history, and progressivism. Additionally, the Archives collects, maintains, and makes accessible the institutional records of Reynolda House Museum of American Art generated by departments and individuals important to the permanent history of the Museum, reflecting its collections, exhibitions, programming, and community impact.

Learn more about the Estate Archives Collection:
The collection includes The Reynolds Family Papers, Historic Photograph Collection, The Historic Architectural and Landscape Drawings Collection, and Reynolda House Museum of American Art Oral History Project.

Preparing for your visit:
If you are planning a research visit to the Reynolda House Archives, we encourage you to call or email at least 24-hours in advance to make an appointment to ensure that a staff member will be available to assist you. Additionally, it will allow us to discuss your research topic and suggest materials that might be useful, which may help you plan your research time. We recommend you review and complete the Researcher Registration Form prior to your visit. On the day of your scheduled appointment, check in at the Museum’s front desk.

The Library 

The Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M. Reynolds Library of Reynolda House contains more than 3,650 catalogued titles relating to American artists, exhibition catalogs, general art history, art theory, aesthetics, and criticism. Library holdings also include material on American architecture, photography, music, literature, and history; reference titles; multimedia on American artists and related topics; recordings of music by American composers from the colonial era to the present; and collection catalogs of other American art museums. Wake Forest University faculty interested in access to the library should submit a request to the Director of Archives and Library, Bari Helms at helmsbl@wfu.edu. Members of the public who would like access to the library should request an appointment through the Education Office. Research must be done during regular weekday public hours and must take place within the confines of the Reynolds library. Library materials may be borrowed only by Reynolda House staff members, interns, docents, or students enrolled in Portals of Discovery courses.