Terry S. Reynolds

Terry S. Reynolds


  • 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 Funding

  • Fulbright 10 mo in Malta and a follow on grant. US Dept of State
  • NSF IGERT (~4 million) co-pi now complete, NSF Grant No. DGE 0333401
  • Fulbright to Hungary for Fall 2014, Sponsored by Corvinus University of Budapest and by the Hungarian Institute for International Affairs.


  • “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