This collection contains the artistic and commercial output of Vance Gerry and his Weather Bird Press. Materials largely consist
of Gerry's printed works and the production materials created during his work process, as well as his sketchbooks and some
of his research and correspondence files. Though there are some materials his work at documenting his work at Disney, his
extensive interests in toy trains, and his personal life, most material here relates to the work of the Weather Bird Press.
Vance Bryden Gerry was born August 21, 1929 in Pasadena, California, to Francis Bryden Gerry and Clella White Gerry. He was
interested in art and drawing from a very young age. As a teenager during World War II, he worked for Grant Dahlstrom of the
Castle Press, where he learned the basics of printing. In a 1989 oral history, Gerry described himself as a "pretty bad student"
who had "always thought [he] would be a commercial artist." He studied at both Woodbury College and the Art Center for Design;
later, after serving in the Korean War, he attended Chouinard Art Institute for 2 years with funding from the G.I. Bill.
32.6 Linear Feet
(49 boxes, 1 map drawer)
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library 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.
Collection is open for research.