The Julia Child collections at the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute contain everything from tax forms to recipes, from personal letters to family to work-related queries to and from the many people with whom Child worked. One stream of correspondence—between Child and her editor Judith Jones documents the production process behind Child’s books.
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Opening this Friday, September 21, the Siting Julia: Julia Child Centenary Exhibition from the Schlesinger Library's Julia Child Papers traces her path through various sites: post–World War II Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and national television.
The Schlesinger Library contains the papers of Caroline Iverson Ackerman, aviator, journalist, and the first “Carol Lane, Women's Travel Director” to be hired by Shell Oil Company.
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.
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.