Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

Fales Library and Special Collections logo

Guide to the Noël Riley Fitch Julia Child Papers MSS.323

Fales Library and Special Collections
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2596

Fales Library and Special Collections

Collection processed by Liza Harrell-Edge, 2012. Finding aid edits by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 05, 2019
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated and edited to include materials integrated from accession number 2019.008 by Stacey Flatt  , February 2019

Scope and Content

The Noël Riley Fitch Julia Child Papers consist largely of material related to the research, production and reception of Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child, including transcripts and audio tapes of interviews with Julia Child and her colleagues, family and friends; extensive correspondence related to research for the book; photocopies of original letters and diaries of Julia and Paul Child; newspaper and magazine articles and photocopies of books related to French cooking, cookery in the United States, various places that Julia Child lived, and organizations with which she was associated including the United States Office of Strategic Services and the American Institute of Wine and Food; photographs of Julia Child, her family and friends, as well as photographs taken in the course of research; proofs and drafts of the manuscript; and correspondence and documents related to the publication and publicity of  Appetite for Life, including reviews and related correspondence post publication of the book. The collection also includes correspondence, clippings, source material, drafts and documents related to the research and publication of  The Grand Literary Cafés of Europe,  Literary Cafés of Paris and  Paris Cafe: the Select Crowd, and personal materials related to the professional life of Noël Riley Fitch, as well as a collection of menus from restaurants across Europe and the United States.


The collection is organized into nine series, some of which have been further divided into subseries:

Series I. Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child

Subseries A. Research Files

Subseries B. Research Correspondence

Subseries C. Drafts and Proofs

Subseries D. Publication, Publicity, and Reception

Subseries E. Photographs and Images

Series II. The Grand Literary Cafés of Europe

Series III. Literary Cafés of Paris

Series IV. Paris Café: The Select Crowd

Series V. Noël Riley Fitch Personal Materials

Series VI: Audio

Series VII: Video

Series VIII. Data Storage

Series IX. Objects