The Harry Lunn papers document the
business dealings of the print and photography dealer from the mid-1960s until his death in
1998, and provide a glimpse into the workings of one of the creators of the photography art
market during the second half of the twentieth century.
Harry Hyatt Lunn, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 29, 1933 to Harry Hyatt and
Flora S. Lunn. The senior Lunn, a civil engineer for Detroit Edison and amateur architect,
designed the family home based on a Cotswold cottage – a certain anomaly in the otherwise
post-war neighborhood in which they lived. Lunn was educated in Detroit public schools and
attended the University of Michigan on a Regents-Alumni Scholarship, graduating with an
honors degree in economics. During his senior year at Michigan Lunn was editor-in-chief of
the Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper. Prior
to the beginning of the school year he attended the National Student Association (NSA)
annual meeting in his capacity as incoming editor, and the following year (1954-1955) he was
elected president of the organization. The NSA, a confederation of American college and
university student governments, was founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1947. From the
early 1950s until 1967, the NSA's international program and some of its domestic activities
were secretly underwritten by the Central Intelligence Agency. Following his year as NSA
president Lunn was recruited by the CIA and traveled throughout Southeast Asia as a member
of an International Student Conference (ISC) delegation for the next year and a half. He
then served in the army from 1956 to 1958, before becoming a research analyst in the United
States Department of Defense. During this time he took part in the activities of the
anti-communist Independent Research Service at the 1959 Vienna Youth Festival.
Open for use by qualified researchers, except for audio visual material, which is
unavailable until reformatted, and sealed material in Box 176.