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James Gunn Collection

Identifier: FSUML-2020-004

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the work of former FSU Faculty Member James Gunn. The collection consists of 32 score envelopes, an envelope of unidentified sketches, an envelope of memorabilia, an envelope of music theory grade books, and an envelope containing 18 record albums of James Gunn’s music.


  • 1947-1955
  • Other: Date acquired: 2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Users may access this collection by making an appointment with the Music Special Collections staff at

Biographical / Historical

James Mason "Jimmy" Gunn (1921-1997) was an Instructor of Music Theory in the FSU College of Music in the 1950s. Gunn was a graduate of Rollins College in 1943, and waas later a teaching assistant in music at the University of Florida. Gunn was married to Nancy Reid Gunn, an artist and founding member of the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts.

By 1954, Gunn had left his position with the College of Music and received his commercial pilot license and started taking aerial photography. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol and Seminole Flyers Club.

Gunn passed away in Tallahassee on April 12, 1997.

Biographical note by Hannah Wiatt Davis.


53 items

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Repository Details

Part of the Allen Music Library Special Collections Repository

FSU College of Music
122 N. Copeland St.
Tallahassee FL 32306
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