A collection of books and pamphlets on a variety of socialist, aetheist, freethinking and secular topics collected by Edward A. Reynolds (known as 'Reg'), the son of the musician Edward Reynolds. There are a number of 19th century periodicals including The Investigator (1843-); The Isis (Feb-Dec 1832); Our Corner (1883-88); The Secular Review (vols.1-9) and a number of Fabian Tracts, 1884-1907.
Reg Reynolds was acknowledged in two works by his friend Henry George Farmer (1882 - 1965), musicologist, bandsman and historian, who spent much of his working life at the Glasgow Empire Theatre. In his publication, Cavaliere Zavertal and the Royal Artillery Band (1951), Farmer mentions 'the valuable assistance of Edward A. Reynolds, Esq., formerly Quarter-Master-Sergeant of the Royal Artillery Band' and again in his History of the Royal Artillery Band, 1762-1953 (1953). Farmer also had an interest in Rationalism and contributed articles to the secular publication The Freethinker, several volumes of which are included in this collection. [Glasgow University Library has 3 letters written by Reynolds to Farmer in the 1950s including one in which Reynolds mentions giving his 'freethought library' to The Mitchell Library. With associated letter from A.B. Paterson, City Librarian, Glasgow, to Farmer, 18 January 1951]. Reg Reynolds died in Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1958.