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Gale Hunt papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2013-113

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises music compositions, writings, personal papers, subject files, photographs and sound recordings, circa 1915-1999, from composer Gale Hunt (also known as Gary Borden Hall). The bulk of the collection comprises sheet music, lyrics, scripts, copyright documents, sound recordings and other material from Hunt's songwriting career and particularly his original musical, A San Francisco Sunday (also known as Lucky Sunday), written under the pseudonym Gary Borden Hall. His personal papers include correspondence, family history documents, a scrapbook, yearbooks and school records, travel documents, and other material documenting Hunt's education, job history, travels, and family relations. The subject files comprise clippings and articles, publicity and informational material, and annotated material. The collection also includes photograph albums, photographs, and negatives documenting Hunt's travels, home life, friends, past work experience, and attendance at a gay pride parade in San Francisco, circa 1915-1997.


  • 1915 - 1999
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Gale Borden Hunt was born on February 19, 1914, and grew up in Wallace, Idaho, before moving to Spokane, Washington, during his high school years. Following high school, Hunt moved to Los Angeles where he earned his degree from Los Angeles State College. He married a woman named Madeleine and had a son, David. They raised their son into the mid-1970s until Madeleine's death. Hunt served in the 19th Medical General Laboratory for the United States Army Service Forces, then worked as an analyst for the Pacific Telephone Company from 1948 until he retired in 1979.

Hunt was a composer who published original sheet music beginning in the 1940s. He spent much of his retirement years traveling, as well as writing and recording the book, music, and lyrics for his original musical, A San Francisco Sunday (also known as Lucky Sunday), written under the pseudonym Gary Borden Hall. The musical centers on the lives of same-sex parents and transgender individuals.

Hunt died on April 29, 1999, in Los Angeles, California.


13.5 Linear Feet (3 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons + 4 archive binder boxes + 2 archive shoeboxes + 3 flat archive boxes.)

Language of Materials



Sheet music, writings, corrspondence, personal papers, subject files, photographs and sound recordings, circa 1915-1999, from composer Gale Hunt (also known as Gary Borden Hall). The bulk of the collection pertains to Hunt's original musical, A San Francisco Sunday (1994), for which he wrote the book, music, and lyrics. The collection also includes papers and photographs documenting Hunt's personal life and extended family.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Music composition and writings

Series 2. Personal papers

Series 3. Subject files

Series 4. Photographs

Series 5. Sound recordings


Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Related Archival Materials

Performing Arts Collection, Coll2007-016, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE library:

Jay, Michael. Gay Love Signs. Penguin Books USA Inc., 1980.

Laurents, Arthur. A Clearing in the Woods. New York: Random House, 1957.

Separated to the ONE audiovisual collection:

The AIDS Show (VHS)

Between The Lines, July Edition, GCN/Nashville (VHS)

Rick Burd, Gay Comedian, Stand-Up NY Comedy Club, 5 minutes (VHS)

Cerebral Accident (VHS)

IDA Gaymes, 11/9/93 (VHS)

La Cage Aux Folles, Color, M1201580, French with English Subtitles, 1979 (VHS)

Pool Days, Director-Brian Sloan, 25 minutes, Partial Assembly, NYU/GFTV (VHS)

Quinn, 190 E 2nd Street #15 NYC 10009 (VHS)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with assistance from Sarah Wilson, January 2014.

  • Deaccessed books Barnett, A. Doak. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. Bantam Books, 1967. Cosmopolitan’s Love Book: A Guide to Ecstasy in Bed. That Cosmopolitan Girl Library, Inc., 1971. Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Fawcett Crest Books, 1962. Chambers, Whittaker. Witness. Random House, Inc., 1952. Hatch, Martin (ed.). Asian Music. Society for Asian Music, 1996. Hughes, Langston. Fight for Freedom. Berkeley Medallion Books, 1962. Lehmann, L.H. Behind the Dictators. Agora Publishing Co., 1944. Lehmann, L.H. Vatican Policy in the Second World War. Agora Publishing Co., 1946. Manhattan, Avro. The Vatican in World Politics. Horizon Press, Inc., 1949. Moore, Douglas (ed.). Listening To Music Creatively. Practice-Hall Inc., 1943, 1946. Rodgers, Elsie G., Lynn, May, Whitehouse, Elizabeth S., White, Clara L., and Laufer, Calvin W. Primary Music And Worship. Presbyterian Board of Christian Education, 1930. Snow, Edgar. People on Our Side. Random House, Inc., 1944. Snow, Edgar. Red Star over China. Random House, Inc., 1938, 1944. Strachey, John. How Socialism Works. Modern Age Books Inc., 1939. Wells, H.G. Crux Ansata. Agora Publishing Co., 1944.
  • Three self-made audiocassettes with music by Jimi Hendrix Experience, White Zombie, and Suicidal Tendencies. One self-made audiocassette with music by Megadeth, Coal Chamber, Limp Bizkit, Sevendust, Body Count, and D.Floros. "Home for the Holidays." Sony Music Entertainment, 1997. (audiocassette)
  • Stainer, John and W. A. Barrett. A Dictionary of Musical Terms. Novello's Music Primers and Educational Series. (No. 21) London: Novello and Company, Limited, 1912.
  • Deaccessed clippings "Old Men of Modern art" Life Magazine 1950 "Vincent van Gogh" Life Magazine 1950 "Georges Braque" Life Magazine 1950 "The Opening of the West" Life Magazine 1950 Life Magazine December 26, 1949 LIfe Magazine December 27, 1948
Finding Aid to the Gale Hunt Papers, 1915-1999
Loni Shibuyama
(c) 2014
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Repository Details

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