The collection of Vance Gerry's Weather Bird Press jobs primarily consists of
illustrations, layout sketches, galley, page, and signature proofs, dummies,
correspondence, ephemera, pochoir samples, and stencils. It was given to the William
Andrews Clark Memorial Library in 1988 and 1992. The collection is contained in eight
boxes. Oversized papers are stored in a map drawer under the title of Weather Bird Press.
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Vance Gerry was an apprentice at the Castle
Press of Grant Dahlstrom as a teenager. He learned the basic principles of book design
and how to set type by hand. First trained as a commercial artist at Woodbury College,
Gerry later attended the Art Center for Design and the Chouinard Art Institute, where he
used his G.I. Bill to pay for school. At Chouinard, he studied under Donald W. Graham,
the renowned animation artist.
12 boxes and 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
Collection is open for research.