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Finding Aid to Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press Archive, 1966 -1992
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press Archive,
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1992
    Collection number: Press coll. Archives Weather Bird
    Creator: Gerry, Vance
    Extent: 12 boxes and map drawer
    Repository: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Los Angeles, CA 90018
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Gift, 1988 (Six boxes) from the artist.
    Gift, 1992 (Two boxes) from the artist.
    Gift, 2008 from Jeff Weber (MS.2008.010)


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Vance Gerry and the Weather Bird Press Archive, 1966-1992. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles, California.


    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.
    In 1955, he worked at the Walt Disney Animation Studio as a layout and story sketch artist. He has contributed his ideas and drawings to films like Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree, and The Sword in the Stone, and Beauty and the Beast. The last film he worked on at Disney was The Lion King.
    From 1967, Gerry operated the Weather Bird Press at various locations around Los Angeles. The press moved from Laguna Beach, where it was temporarily called the Peach Pit Press, to Fallbrook, and finally to Pasadena. He has used different presses and machines throughout the years: a Linotype machine, a Miehle vertical, a Vandercook press, and others. He also uses several different font types, some rarely seen in commercial printing presses.
    With his talent as an imaginative artist, he has illustrated most of his books with line drawings, linoleum cuts, and pochoir. He has also written and printed several books under the pseudonym of Bunston Quayles.
    Gerry died March 5, 2005 in Pasadena, California.


    This inventory has been arranged in Gerry's original filing system by job envelope, then put in alphabetical order by title of book. In the case of personal letterhead printing, this has been arranged alphabetically by last name. Filed in folders, they contain the paperwork concerning the production of a particular book, preliminary designs, rejected proofs, galley proofs, paste-ups, dummies, and page proofs.
    In the following finding aid, a general description has been given about the contents of each box. Each folder heading contains a more detailed description of its contents.
    Oversized papers are stored in separate, larger boxes (box 9 & 10). Galley proofs are housed in a map drawer in the second annex.
    When requesting items, please state box number, folder number, and title.

    Scope and Content

    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.