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Inventory of the Myron Hubbard Hunt Collection, 1815-1957, bulk 1915-1932
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Myron Hubbard Hunt Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1815-1957,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1915-1932
    Creator: Hunt, Myron Hubbard
    Extent: 4,156 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Rear Admiral Charles Boardman Hunt, May 12, 1958.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Myron Hubbard Hunt Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Myron Hubbard Hunt (1868-1952), prominent Southern California architect, was a native of Massachusetts, studied at Northwestern University in Chicago and the school of architecture at the Massachusetts School of Technology in Boston. In 1893 he married Harriette Hollond Boardman. They spent two years abroad while Hunt studied great architecture in Europe. Mrs. Hunt kept the journals of their travels. She was the granddaughter of Henry Augustus Boardman (1808-1880), Presbyterian clergyman in Philadelphia, author, and a director of the Princeton Seminary. After the return of the young couple from Europe, Hunt joined the architectural firm of Hartwell & Richardson in Boston, then went to Chicago with Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge. During this latter period his wife spent long periods in North and South Carolina because of her delicate health. In 1903 the Hunts moved to California hoping her health would improve. Hunt entered a partnership with the leading architect, Elmer Gray, from 1903 to 1908, had his own office from 1908 to 1920, then joined H. C. Chambers. The important role that Myron Hunt played in the development of Southern California can be seen in the list of a few of the buildings he designed: The Huntington Library, the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the Rose Bowl, the Pasadena Public Library, the Huntington Hospital, buildings at Occidental College and Pomona College, in addition to many other public buildings and private residences.
    In 1913 Harriette Hunt passed away after a long struggle with tuberculosis, her last year spent in a sanatorium in Palm Springs. The two had four children: Rear Admiral Charles Boardman Hunt (donor of the collection); Harriet (Hunt) Bard (who married Philip Bard, son of Senator Thomas R. Bard); Hubbard Hunt (motion picture producer); and Robert Nichols Hunt (Santa Fe poet and editor of a volume of poems by Witter Bynner).
    After his first wife's death, Myron Hunt married Virginia Pease (1871-1957), founder and principal of the Polytechnic Elementary School in Pasadena. She had been born in the town of Winnemucca, Nevada, and was left an orphan at an early age. She and her brother, Lute Pease (an editor of the Pacific Monthly Magazine, author, and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist) were brought up in the home of their aunt, Mrs. Helen Webster. The children were well educated and Virginia (who originally had been called Caroline Virginia) became a teacher and community leader. After their marriage, both Myron and Virginia Hunt were prominent in all types of civic and philanthropic organizations-helping with civilian war work during World War I through the projects of the Army and Navy League, being on the boards of hospitals and schools as well as organizing the Block-Aid Committee to coordinate efforts to find work for the unemployed during the Depression and in the Pasadena Association working for local political betterment and the recall of the city board of directors in 1931. Both Myron and Virginia Hunt received the Arthur Noble Award for outstanding service to the community-Myron in 1927 "for more than 40 years [being] a forceful leader in the architectural development and civic life of Pasadena and the Southland" and Virginia in 1932 "for the woman who conceived of a way to fight the Depression...was founder and first principal of Pasadena's nationally known Polytechnic Elementary School, member of the board of California Junior Republic, La Vina Sanatorium, and the Huntington Hospital." These were builders of Pasadena!

    Subject Matter

    The most important subject is the life and architectural work of Myron Hunt, but quantitatively, the collection is weighted toward the story of Pasadena from 1903 to 1946. The papers are divided into four very divergent sub-groups