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Clare A. Gunn papers

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Identifier: UA-17.288

Scope and Contents

The Clare A. Gunn papers consist of publications and visual materials relating to tourism in Michigan (including the Upper Peninsula). Of note are photographs, negatives and slides of Michigan motels, resorts, and tourist areas many of which are identified by name and owner. Also included are slides of United States, Canada and other countries showing nature scenes, tourist areas and motels. There are also publications, articles, and conference proceedings relating to tourism, recreation, national parks, and outdoor recreation written by Gunn. Also included is Gunn's artwork including buildings for lodging and recreation, illustrations for bulletins, MSU buildings, and graphics for tourism publications. Geographic locations include the American states of Michigan, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina; the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Ontario and Nova Scotia; the Artic; and the countries of Venezuela and Thailand. Also included is a narrative description of the collection written by Gunn that includes biographical information as well as information about his career.


  • Creation: 1940 - 2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Clare Gunn was born in 1916 in Grandville, Michigan. Gunn began his post secondary education at Grand Rapids Junior College. He graduated in 1940 with a B.S. in landscape architecture from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University). Gunn earned his M.S. in land and water conservation in 1952 also from Michigan State.

In 1945, he was hired at MSC as an extension specialist in tourism and resorts, one of the first positions of its kind. Gunn took a sabbatical at the University of Michigan to obtain his Ph.D. in landscape architecture in 1965.

Gunn then headed to the University of Hawaii for a one-year appointment as a visiting professor. Gunn left MSU for Texas A & M University in 1966 to join the faculty in their new Recreation and Parks Department. Gunn retired as Emeritus Professor in 1984. He continued work as a consultant for nearly the rest of his life. Gunn died in 2015.


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Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Clare A. Gunn Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US