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COLLECTION Identifier: Vt-23

Videotape collection of Julia Child, 1979-1997


Collection includes a selection from Julia Child's cooking shows, interviews, cooking demonstrations, and instructional video versions of her book, The Way to Cook.


  • Creation: 1979-1997


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 videotapes created by Julia Child is retained by the Julia Child Foundation, as well as copyright in other videotapes in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

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


14 videotapes

Collection includes a selection from Julia Child’s cooking shows, interviews, cooking demonstrations, and instructional video versions of her book, The Way to Cook. Materials are in VHS format unless otherwise noted.


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: 76-158, 77-M35, 77-M35, 77-M156, 79-M223, 79-M295, 80-M66, 81-M119, 83- M224, 84-M51, 87-M97, 88-M68, 90-M171, 92-M1, 92-M80, 92-M165, 93-M2, 93-M10, 93-M89, 93-M97, 93-M136, 95-M68, 95-M102, 2007-M84.

The videotapes of Julia Child were given to the Schlesinger Library by Julia Child between May 1976 and June 1995, and by Susan Lewinnek in May 2007.

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 Audio collection (T-139).


Donors: Julia Child

Accession number: 76-158--93-M136

Processed by: Melissa Dollman

The following items have been removed from the collection:

  1. Videotapes of PBS shows were returned to the archives of WGBH

Processing Information

Processed: May 2011

By: Melissa Dollman


Child, Julia. Videotape collection of Julia Child, 1979-1997: A Finding Aid
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