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Gerry Sturm Collection

An inventory of his Collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 23 Feb 2009

Biographical History

Gerry M. Sturm (1914-2007) was an American editorial cartoonist and painter.

Born in Olean, New York, Sturm worked as a commercial artist in Chicago (1937-1938) before moving to Syracuse, New York. He studied figure and portrait painting with Frank Kent at Syracuse University College. He was president of Gerry Sturm Studios Inc., a commercial art studio in Syracuse, and was editorial cartoonist for the Syracuse Herald-Journal for a number of years. During the course of his career, his paintings were exhibited in many local venues.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gerry Sturm Collection consists of artwork, biographical material, printed material and photographs.

Artwork consists of original artwork by Sturm. All but one are final art for editorial cartoons; the other item is a charcoal sketch.

Biographical material contains a typed autobiographical sketch.

Printed material consists of clippings about Sturm and his work, and a few exhibit catalogs and brochures. Some of these include lists of artwork shown.

Photographs include a proof shot of four editorial cartoons and pictures of Sturm with his work.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type of material.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Sturm, Gerry.


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Editorial cartoons -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Editorial cartoons.
Exhibition catalogs.
Proofs (printed matter)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Gerry Sturm Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Original material, gift of Gerry Sturm, 1968.

Sketch, gift of Laura Oliff-Maxey, 2012.

Table of Contents


Biographical material


Printed material