Archival collection Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection

Collection Number:
Inclusive, 1967-1982, undated
0.42 Linear feet (1 Hollinger box) 

[Identification of Item], Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Contains approximately four hundred calendars, handbills, newsletters, and promotional cards.
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Scope and Contents note

The Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection spans the years 1967 to 1982, and includes some undated material. The Collection consists of approximately four hundred calendars, handbills, newsletters, and promotional cards from concerts in the San Francisco Bay area, with a few additional items from venues scattered across the country. Artists of note in the Collection include Big Brother and the Holding Company, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Deep Purple, Flamin' Groovies, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Mamas and the Papas, Santana, and Ten Years After. The San Francisco Bay area venues featured in the Collection are Armenian Hall, Avalon Ballroom, Berkeley Community Theatre, California Hall, Carousel Ballroom, Casa Loma Swim Club, Cedar Alley, Committee Theater, Cow Palace, Dolores Park, Dovre Hall, Fillmore Auditorium, Inn of the Beginning, Keystone Korner, Longbranch, Longshoreman's Hall, Mandrakes, Matrix, New Monk, New Orleans House, Orphanage Restaurant, Pauley Ballroom, Pepperland, Regency Ballroom, Resurrection Ballroom, San Diego Community Concourse Convention Hall, Straight Theatre, West Dakota, Western Front, and the Winterland Ballroom. Other venues include the Mammoth Gardens (Denver, Colo.), Portland Memorial Coliseum, Vulcan Gas Company (Austin, Tex.), and Westside-6 (Detroit, Mich.). A number of items in the Collection are related to the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati, Calif. This Collection provides rich documentation of the San Francisco Bay area music scene in the late-1960s and 1970s, and offers a look into the venues, performers, poster art styles, and culture of the era. The Collection is arranged alphabetically by venue; the arrangement continues chronologically within each file.

Custodial History note

The Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection was received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. as a gift from Emanuel Gerard on January 1, 2012. The Inn of the Beginning material appears to have previously belonged to rock poster artist Randy Tuten.


Accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

Compact discs, DVDs, books, and periodicals have been transferred to the library collection. Please search for the "Manny and Skippy Gerard Collection" in the library catalog for a list of donated titles. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, consult the Library and Archives staff to ensure these materials are available.

Processing Information

Processed by Rachel Somerville, Project Archivist. Completed September 13, 2011. Revised by Jennie Thomas, Head Archivist. Completed March 13, 2012. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights statement on the Researcher Registration form before using this collection. Consult the Library and Archives in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions Governing Use note

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.

Subject Headings

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Armenian Hall (San Francisco, Calif.)
Avalon Ballroom (San Francisco, Calif.)
Berkeley Community Theatre (Berkeley, Calif.)
Big Brother & the Holding Company (Musical group)
Buffalo Springfield (Musical group)
California Hall (San Francisco, Calif.)
Carousel Ballroom (San Francisco, Calif.)
Casa Loma Swim Club (Lafayette, Calif.)
Cedar Alley (Coffeehouse)
Committee Theater (San Francisco, Calif.)
Community Concourse. Convention Hall (San Diego, Calif.)
Cow Palace (San Francisco, Calif.)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Deep Purple (Musical group)
Dolores Park (San Francisco, Calif.)
Dovre Hall (San Francisco, Calif.)
Fillmore Auditorium (San Francisco, Calif.)
Flamin' Groovies (Musical group)
Gerard, Manny
Grateful Dead (Musical group)
Humble Pie (Musical group)
Inn of the Beginning (Cotati, Calif.)
Jefferson Airplane (Musical group)
Keystone Korner (Night Club : San Francisco, Calif.)
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Longbranch (Nightclub : Berkeley, Calif.)
Longshoreman's Hall (San Francisco, Calif.)
Mamas and the Papas (Musical group)
Mammoth Gardens (Denver, Colo.)
Mandrakes (Nightclub : Berkeley, Calif.)
Matrix (Nightclub : San Francisco, Calif.)
Memorial Coliseum (Portland, Ore.)
New Monk (Nightclub : Berkeley, Calif.)
New Orleans House (Berkeley, Calif.)
Orphanage Restaurant (San Francisco, Calif.)
Pepperland Auditorium (San Rafael, Calif.)
Regency Ballroom (Oakland, Calif.)
Resurrection Ballroom (San Francisco, Calif.)
Santana (Musical group)
Straight Theatre (San Francisco, Calif.)
Ten Years After (Musical group)
University of California, Berkeley. Pauley Ballroom
Vulcan Gas Company (Nightclub : Austin, Tex.)
West Dakota (Nightclub : Berkeley, Calif.)
Western Front (Nightclub : San Francisco, Calif.)
Westside-6 (Nightclub : Detroit, Mich.)
Winterland Ballroom (San Francisco, Calif.)
Concert tours
Psychedelic rock music--California--San Francisco
Rock concerts
Collection Inventory
Item Materials
Armenian Hall handbills, undated
Avalon Ballroom handbills, postcards, undated
Berkeley Community Theatre handbills, undated
California Hall handbills, 1967, undated
Carousel Ballroom calendars, handbills, undated
Casa Loma Swim Club handbills, undated
Cedar Alley handbills, undated
Committee Theater handbills, undated
Cow Palace handbills, 1972 October 6-1972 October 8
Dolores Park handbills, 1969 March 22
Dovre Hall handbills, undated
Fillmore Auditorium handbills, postcards, 1969-1970, undated
Inn of the Beginning calendars, handbills, newsletters, tickets, 1971-1973
Inn of the Beginning calendars, handbills, newsletters, press releases, 1974-1977
Inn of the Beginning calendars, handbills, newsletters, 1978-1982, undated
Keystone Korner calendars, handbills, 1969, 1973-1975, 1980, undated
Longbranch coupons, handbills, undated
Longshoreman's Hall handbills, undated
Mammoth Gardens handbills, undated
Mandrakes handbills, undated
Matrix handbills, undated
New Monk handbills, undated
New Orleans House bulletins, calendars, handbills, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, undated
Orphanage Restaurant handbills, undated
Pauley Ballroom handbills, 1967 March 4
Pepperland handbills, undated
Portland Memorial Coliseum handbills, undated
Regency Ballroom handbills, undated
Resurrection Ballroom handbills, undated
San Diego Community Concourse Convention Hall handbills, undated
Straight Theatre handbills, 1968, undated
Vulcan Gas Company handbills, undated
West Dakota handbills, 1976
Western Front handbills, 1967 October 20-1967 October 21
Westside-6 handbills, undated
Winterland Ballroom handbills, 1972, undated
Unknown venue handbills, promotional cards, undated