Born in Tacoma, Washington, educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design, Reynolds was an artist and designer. In 1975 he purchased the Avondale Theater in Columbus, Ohio, and turned it into a gay-centric nightclub called Rudely Elegant, which opened in 1977. The decor of the club was changed regularly for thematic parties and events. Guest performers at the club included Grace Jones and Divine. The club closed in 1985 but Reynolds continued to have themed parties at other locations and continued his artistic activities.
The collection documents the life and activities of artist and gay-oriented nightclub impresario Corbett Reynolds of Columbus, Ohio. It includes correspondence; photographs; press releases, exhibition catalogs, publicity materials and flyers relating to exhibitions of Reynolds' work; articles and clippings; a VHS videocassette; and posters.
Corbett Reynolds Papers, 1962-2015, Archives Center, National Museum of American History