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COLLECTION Identifier: T-139: Phon-15

Audio collection of Julia Child, 1961-1995


Collection includes radio interviews with Julia Child and Simone Beck, public speaking engagements, musical performances in Child's honor, and Public Service Announcements.


  • Creation: 1961-1995


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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.


19 audiotapes
1 phonograph records

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


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.

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.

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).

Processing Information

Processed: June 2011

By: Melissa Dollman


Child, Julia. Audio collection of Julia Child, 1961-1995: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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