With generous funding from the Julia Child Foundation, the Schlesinger Library has recently digitized nearly 4,000 images of Julia and Paul Child from the Julia Child Papers.
Picks & Finds
Dione Lucas, American celebrity chef and TV presenter, toured Australia and demonstrated French cordon bleu (blue ribbon) cooking in major department stores to promote the sale of TV sets during the 1950s.
French cuisine and French culture are practically synonymous, so we are celebrating Bastille Day (July 14) by highlighting some of Schlesinger’s culinary books from late-18th-century France. Grain shortages and the consequent increase in bread prices were among the causes of the French Revolution, and the food supply was also a problem for the new government.
Persephone Press, founded in 1976 by a lesbian-feminist collective called Pomegranate Productions, aimed to produce innovative material to foster lesbian sensibility and to effect social change. The collection includes audio recordings of Audre Lord and other poets featured in Lesbian Poetry: An Anthology (Persephone Press, 1981).
Massachusetts Superior Court Justice Jennie Loitman Barron, whose papers may be found at the Schlesinger Library, presented her speech “Freedom for All” at the Independence Day exercises at Faneuil Hall in Boston in 1960.
The Schlesinger LIbrary’s growing collection of romance fiction now includes the complete works of Missouri writer Elizabeth Seifert (1897–1983), internationally best-selling author of more than 80 medical romances.
Helen Keller came into the world on June 27, 1880. She entered Radcliffe College, where—with the aid of tutors, special proctors and her friend and teacher Anne Sullivan—she graduated cum laude in 1904. Throughout her life, she worked extensively in causes for the blind all over the world.
In celebration of class reunions and Radcliffe Day, May 25, 2012, the library extends special greetings to Radcliffe alumnae. As the repository for the Radcliffe College Archives, we hold, preserve, and make accessible the documents of Radcliffe’s history. We are always looking to add to our collection.
On May 3, the Radcliffe Institute celebrated the renovation and reopening of Fay House with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Fay House has been at the heart of Radcliffe College, and now the Institute, since its very earliest days.
To celebrate librarians, we are highlighting the papers of Jane Maud Campbell. This small Schlesinger collection is available entirely online through Harvard's Open Collections Program.