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COLLECTION Identifier: A/P3615

Papers of Barbara Zurer Pearson, 1967, 2016


Reminiscences, photographs, and correspondence relating to a backyard pig roast attended by Julia and Paul Child in 1967.


  • Creation: 1967
  • Creation: 2016


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Barbara Zurer Pearson is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


2 folders

The papers of Barbara Zurer Pearson contain reminiscences by Pearson and a guest, Martha Greenberg Dennis, of a backyard pig roast attended by Julia and Paul Child; copies of photographs of the occasion; and correspondence between Pearson and Julia Child, including Pearson's invitation, Child's response, and Child's thank-you note following the event.


In 1967 Barbara Zurer Pearson lived at 21 Mellen Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a group of graduate students. In July they decided to hold a pig and lamb roast and asked their neighbor Julia Child for recipes. Both Paul and Julia Child attended the party and Julia provided her expertise in carving the animals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 2016-M210, 2023-M58

The papers of Barbara Zurer Pearson were given to the Schlesinger Library by Barbara Zurer Pearson in November 2016 and May 2023.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2016

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional material added: February 2024

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Pearson, Barbara Zurer, 1944-. Papers of Barbara Zurer Pearson, 1967, 2016: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Alice Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

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