Terry S. Reynolds

Terry S. Reynolds


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Professor Emeritus

  • PhD, University of Kansas
  • MA, University of Kansas, 1968
  • BS, Southern Arkansas University, 1966


Terry S. Reynolds is past chair of the Department of Social Sciences (1990-2002), past president of the Society for the History of Technology (1999-2000), and book review editor for IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology. He has authored or edited eight books dealing with aspects of the history of technology, including Stronger Than a Hundred Men: A History of the Vertical Water Wheel and Iron Will: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847-2006.

Areas of Expertise

  • History of Iron Mining
  • History of Water Power
  • History of the Engineering Profession in America
  • History of Technology

Recent Publications

  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2011. Iron Will: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847-2006 (Detroit: Wayne State University Press), with Virginia P. Dawson, 350 pp.
  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2012. “Cleveland’s Iron Ore Merchants and the Lake Superior Iron Ore Trade, 1855-1900,” Ohio History, 119: 30-60.
  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2011. "'The Miners Dread to Use It': A Comparative Study of the Introduction of Nitroglycerin on the Lake Superior Copper and Iron Ranges, 1865-1880," Mining History Journal, 18: 66-86.
  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2009. “A Tale of Two Companies: The Cleveland Iron Mining Company and Iron Cliffs in the Late 19th Century,” Mining History Journal, 16: 10-28.
  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2007. editor with Alison K. Hoagland and Erik Nordberg, New Perspectives on Michigan’s Copper Country (Hancock, Mich.: Quincy Mining Association) 180 pp.
  • Terry S. Reynolds. 2007. “Calm or Conflicted: Labor-Management Relations on the Michigan Iron Ranges, 1855-1904,” Michigan Historical Review, 33/2: 1-45.


  • “Michigan’s Iron: the History and Impact of Michigan’s Iron Ore Mining Industry, 1845-Present,” Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Twshp., Michigan, 2012
  • “The Survivor: Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore,” Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Twshp., Michigan, 2012
  • “A Tale of Two Companies,” Mining History Association, Minneapolis, Chisholm, Minn., 2008

Research Projects

  • Impact of the Civil War on Michigan’s iron ore mining industry
  • The opening of the Lake Superior iron mining district
  • Better than Mother Nature: the Rise of Iron Ore Pellets