Alice Louise Reynolds was born on April 1, 1873 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George and Mary Ann (Tuddenham) Reynolds. Her mother died in 1885 when she was only twelve years old. In 1886 Alice enrolled in Brigham Young Academy. She also attended Salt Lake Stake Academy (later known as the Latter-day Saint University) and Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah. In autumn of 1890 Alice began teaching at the 14th ward seminary in Salt Lake City. She studied at the University of Michigan for two years and in England so that she could qualify to teach at Brigham Young Academy. By fall 1894 Alice was on the faculty of Brigham Young Academy. She taught the first courses in Chaucer and Shakespeare to be offered there. In 1904 Alice was a delegate to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. At the convention she had to defend Mormonism and was interviewed for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The article was printed in several newspapers. In 1907 Alice attended a convention of the National Educational Association in Los Angeles, California. Her father died in 1909. In 1910 Alice traveled to Europe where she saw the coronation of King George and Queen Mary of England. While in England she decided to study at Queen's College of London University. After a visit to Portland, Oregon, in 1916, Alice studied at the University of California. Alice Reynolds never married. She died in 1938.
Alice Reynold's autobiography is 39 typed pages. She wrote about a variety of topics, including her family, school memories, and her travels. Alice described attending Brigham Young Academy and wrote about the boarding house where she lived and about other students at the Academy. She shared her thoughts on the teachers there and Karl G. Maeser's ability to inspire the students. Alice included a few of her memories of the University of Michigan. Discussions of her travels include visiting places such as Niagra Falls, New York, Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, and Europe. She also wrote about her involvement with the suffrage movement. MSS 120: This collection consists of three boxes of the personal papers of Alice Louise Reynolds. The first box contains mostly class notes, diaries and journals, travel notes, lecture notes, and letters. The second box has travel books, maps, and guides for the various places Alice visited. Some of the locations with materials in this box include: Isle of Man, Ireland, Switzerland, London, Syria, Hawaii, France, Canterbury, Italy, Stonehenge, Rome, Brussels, and Austria. All of the materials found in box three are typed. They appear to be transcriptions of the contents of box one.