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T-139; Phon-15

Child, Julia. Audio collection of Julia Child, 1961-1995: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: T-139; Phon-15
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Julia Child
Title: Audio collection of Julia Child, 1961-1995
Date(s): 1961-1995
Quantity: 19 audiotapes
Quantity: 1 phonograph records
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Collection includes radio interviews with Julia Child and Simone Beck, public speaking engagements, musical performances in Child's honor, and Public Service Announcements.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: 77-M35, 79-M223, 83-M32, 83-M139, 84-M51, 93-M10, 93-M89, 93-M97, 93-M136, 95-M68, 95-M102
The audio materials of Julia Child were given to the Schlesinger Library by Julia Child between 1977 and 1995.

Processing Information:

Processed: June 2011
By: Melissa Dollman

Access Restrictions:

Access. Unrestricted. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the audio materials created by Julia Child is retained by the Julia Child Foundation, while copyright in other audio materials in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Preferred Citation:

Julia Child Audio collection, 1961-1995; item description, dates. T-139 or Phon-15, reel or disc #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Julia Child Papers, 1925-1993 (MC 644), Julia Child Additional papers, 1890-2004 (MC 660), and Julia Child Videotape collection, 1979-1997 (Vt-23).


Julia Carolyn McWilliams Child (1912-2004), author of French cookbooks, teacher, and television personality, was born in California and graduated from Smith College. She served with the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, married Paul Cushing Child in 1946, and studied at the Cordon Bleu while he was in Paris with the U.S. Information Agency. Her television series, The French Chef, first aired in 1963, launched a revolution in cooking and eating in the United States, and was followed by later programs, including Julia Child & Company, Julia Child & More Company, and Dinner with Julia. Her book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking (written with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle), and many subsequent cookbooks and articles demonstrated methods and recipes of classic French cooking.


Materials are audiocassettes, unless otherwise noted, and are arranged chronologically.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Cooking, American
Cooking, French
Cooking--Study and teaching
Cooks--United States
Food writing
Phonograph records
Radio programs
Radio public service announcements
Television cooking shows
Women cooks--United States
Women in television broadcasting--United States
Beck, Simone, 1904-1991, interviewee
Bohannon, Jim, interviewer
Child, Julia. In Julia's kitchen with master chefs
Child, Julia. Julia Child & company
Child, Julia. Mastering the art of French cooking
Deane, Martha, interviewer
Rehm, Diane, interviewer
Stapleton, Katie, interviewer