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Francesca Lia Block Papers

Identifier: CLRC-864

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of production materials for numerous young adult books by Francesca Lia Block, including typescripts, corrected typescripts, proofs, correspondence, and notes.


  • 1989 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles on December 3, 1962. Both of her parents were artists, and her father also worked in the movie business. While she attended the University of California, Berkeley, she started writing her first book, Weetzie Bat, as a sort of love letter to the Hollywood scene she had experienced in high school. It became the first of a series of young adult books about the Los Angeles punk rock subculture. Block describes her works as “contemporary fairy tales with an edge.” She lives in California.


5 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of production materials for young adult books by Francesca Lia Block.


Collection guide arranged in alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Francesca Lia Block.

Francesca Lia Block Papers, 1989-2003
Nancy Larsen
June 2004
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • March 2013: Collection reprocessed by Mary Blissenbach; EAD updated by Mary Blissenbach and Karen Spilman
  • March 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library