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Title Helen Gildersleeve Reynolds Papers
Object Name papers, personal
Year Range from 1950
Year Range to 1970
Creator Helen Gildersleeve Reynolds
Scope & Content Unpublished manuscripts and research notes of Helen Gildersleeve Reynolds.

Reynolds moved to Washington state after attending the 1909 Alaska Yukon Pacific exhibition. She taught school in Wilkeson and met her husband Charles Reynolds there. Her interest in local history led her to research the 1855 "White River Massacre" and draft a books on the subject from the perspective of a young boy who survived the incident. She also drafted several autobiographical essays.

1. notes. Transcribed letters from Dr. John I King relating to White River Massacre. letters are dated 1897, 1903.

2. correspondence and newspaper clippings. 1958-1970. to and from local historians and librarians

3. manuscript . "Johnny King, a Six-year-old Hero." Based on the true story of a "White River Massacre" survivor, the story takes place in 1850s Pacific Northwest. Six-year-old Johnny King escapes with his brother and sister while their parents are killed and is helped by "Indian Tom," a friendly Native American who sheltered the children and took them to safety.

4. manuscript. "Old Tom's Cane." A brief, children's version of the Johnny King-Indian Tom story.

5. manuscript. "My First Job." Autobiographical account of Reynolds' first job as a school teacher in Trinidad, Colorado, a Spanish-speaking community.

6. manuscrips. brief, autobiographical essays on racism and racial integration, a letter to Queen Victoria, Los Hermanos de los Penitentes (met during her time teaching in the Spanish Peaks, Colorado).

7. assorted notes.
Catalog Number 1970.0508.0001
People Reynolds, Helen
Reynolds, Charles A.
King, Johnny
Indian Tom