Skip to main content

Dorothy Cotton Reynolds papers

Call Number: RH MS 963


The Dorothy Cotton Reynolds papers are those of a native Kansan whose son, James Reynolds, became a nationally known actor.


  • Creation: 1908 - 1989


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Dorothy Cotton Reynolds

Dorothy Cotton was born in 1912. Dorothy Cotton Reynolds worked as a nursing home administrator. She had two sons, James V. and Henry. Dorothy Cotton Reynolds died May 2002.

James V. Reynolds was born August 10, 1946 in Oskaloosa, Kansas. He graduated from Oskaloosa (Kan.) High School and joined the Marines, serving in the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge, Reynolds attended Topeka, Kansas' Washburn University, where he studied journalism and theatre. During his time at Washburn, Reynolds worked as film critic for the Topeka Daily Capital; he then moved to Colorado Springs where he wrote art news and features for the Colorado Sun paper. He joined a nationally touring theatre company while in Colorado, which led him to Los Angeles, California. Reynolds appeared in a variety of television shows and films, including The Magic of Lassie, Diff'rent Strokes, and as Abe Carver in Days of Our Lives.

In 1986, James Reynolds married Lissa Layng. He has one son, Jed.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box + 5 folders)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Dorothy Cotton Reynolds papers date from 1908 to 1989, are arranged in a single series, and include such items as clippings, programs, and booklets. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 963. A copy negative is available for one of the images.

Physical Location

RH MS 963

Physical Location

RH MS-P 963

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Dorothy Cotton Reynolds, 1988.

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 525.

Guide to the Dorothy Cotton Reynolds Collection
Dorothy Cotton Reynolds papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2007; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Dorothy Cotton Reynolds Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 963, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States