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David LaRochelle Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2140

Scope and Contents

The collection contains items related to works written and/or illustrated by David LaRochelle. The bulk of the collection consists of consists of manuscript materials related to LaRochelle's picture books, including Mooand various other titles, and his young adult chapter book Absolutely Positively Not. The collection also includes original artwork, with LaRochelle's original prints for Janet Greeson's The Stingy Baker, and a number of dummies and sketches for Barbara Maitland's The Bookstore Valentine. The artwork also includes LaRochelle's original sketches for he authored that were ultimately illustrated by other artists, such as Mooand The Haunted Hamburger.


  • 1984-2013, undated


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

David LaRochelle was born October 26, 1960, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grew up in New Brighton, alongside an older sister, Debbie. After graduating from St. Olaf College in 1983, LaRochelle became an elementary teacher before his first book, A Christmas Guest, was published in 1988. Since then he has published numerous picture books, puzzle books, and one young adult novel. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.


4.99 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of original art and manuscript materials related to works written and/or illustrated by David LaRochelle.


Collectgion guide arranged alphabetically by title or numerical order for series.

Source of acquisition

Gift of David LaRochelle.

David LaRochelle papers, 1989-2013, undated
Finding aid created by Caitlin Marineau
April 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library