Nick Reynolds Kingston Trio Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1472
Creators:
Kingston Trio
Kingston Trio Legacy Project
Reynolds, Leslie
Reynolds, Nick, 1933-2008
Dates:
1950-2014
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
2.1 Cubic feet
4 boxes, 1 map-folder
Repository:
The collection documents Nick Reynolds, a member of the vocal music group, the Kingston Trio.

Content Description
Content Description
The collection documents the life and career of Nick Reynolds, one of the members of the Kingston Trio folk music group. Included in the collection are: a scrapbook approximately covering the years 1958-1970, and including such things as articles, photographs, and flyers announcing appearances by the Trio; letters, including fan mail, and a large set of letters and cards sent by member Nick Reynolds to his parents; postcards; business and legal papers, especially relating to a 1981 reunion; programs; songbooks and sheet music; posters advertising appearances; a book about the Trio; articles and miscellaneous printed materials.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1: Reynolds, Nick, Personal Papers, 1950-2014, undated
Series 2: Kingston Trio Papers and Ephemera, 1956-2013, undated

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The history of the original Kingston Trio and its subsequent permutations has been well chronicled. The group came to national prominence in 1958 during the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s. At that time the trio consisted of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. Their first album released in 1958 contained their first gold record,
Tom Dooley
. Success continued for the trio but in 1961, Dave Guard left the group and John Stewart joined the group as his replacement. The group continued to have a successful run, their cover of
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
and
Greenback Dollar
made the
Billboard
Top Ten chart in 1961 and 1963 respectively. The group in its configuration of Reynolds, Shane, and Stewart ceased actively performing in June 1967. Subsequent incarnations of the group performed into the twenty-first century.
Nicholas (Nick) Wells Reynolds, tenor, was a founding member of the Kingston Trio. He was born in San Diego, California on July 27, 1933. His parents were Stewart S. and Jane Keck Reynolds. His father was a commander in the United States Navy. Reynolds attended schools in Coronado, California graduating in 1951 from Coronado High School. He graduated from Menlo College, Atherton, California in 1956.
Reynolds, Bob Shane and Dave Guard formed the Kingston Trio in the 1950s. Reynolds left the Trio in 1967 moving to Oregon. He rejoined the Trio in 1988 after recording the album
Revenge of the Budgie
in 1983, and remained with the group until retiring in 2003. Reynolds died in San Diego, California on October 1, 2008 survived by his third wife, Leslie Yerger Reynolds, and four children.
Sources
Family Search, 1940 United States Census, accessed July 9, 2019. Obituary, Nick Reynolds,
The New York Times
, October 2, 2008. Obituary, Nick Reynolds,
The Los Angeles Times
, October 3, 2008. Kingston Trio Legacy Project, (http://kingstontriolegacyproject.com) last accessed July 9, 2019.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Nelse Greenway, volunteer, 2019, supervised by Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archivist.
Author
Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by the Kingston Trio Legacy Project to the Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in 2018.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Nick Reynolds Kingston Trio Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
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Business records -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Letters (correspondence) -- 20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Postcards -- 20th century -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs -- 20th century -- Color prints Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Programs -- Concerts -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Scrapbooks -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sheet music -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kingston Trio Legacy Project Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives