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Irving Block papers, 1938-1986

Irving Block papers, 1938-1986

Block, Irving, 1910-1986

Painter, Educator, Author

Collection Information

Size: 1.62 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, professional and personal correspondence, subject files, financial records, artwork, printed material and an audio cassette.

Biographical/Historical Note

Irving Block (1910-1986) was a painter and educator in Los Angeles, California. Block was born in New York City. He was involved in the Works Projects Administration's Federal Art Project in the 1930s, and worked as a matte shot artist at 20th Century Fox during the 1940s and 50s. He taught for many years at California State University, Northridge (1963-1980). Block co-authored with Alan Adler the original story for the science fiction film Forbidden Planet, for which he designed Robbie the Robot.


Donated 1984 by Block and in 1996 by Jill Block, the widow of Irving Block. Additional drawings, print and poster donated 2015 by Virginia Elwood-Akers, a former librarian at California State University, Northbridge who received the drawings from colleague Dean Norman Tanis, head of the Santa Susana Press.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Irving Block papers, 1938-1986. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.