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 the following nine series:
Series I: Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, interview transcripts, photographs, photocopies of original letters and diaries, legal documents, manuscript drafts, proofs, notes and publicity materials. It also contains post-publication materials including correspondence and reviews responding to the book, correspondence relating to film rights, and materials related to articles and writing by Noël Riley Fitch about Julia Child after completion of the biography. It is arranged in the following subseries by type:
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 consists of correspondence, ephemera and documents related to the research, publication and publicity of The Grand Literary Cafés of Europe. Original order has been retained.
Series III: Literary Cafés of Paris consists of correspondence, ephemera and documents related to the research, publication and publicity of the Literary Cafés of Paris. Original order has been retained.
Series IV: Paris Café: The Select Crowd consists of correspondence, ephemera and documents related to the research, publication and publicity of Paris Café: The Select Crowd. Original order has been retained.
Series V: Noël Riley Fitch Personal Materials contains information on the professional and personal life of Noël Riley Fitch, including cooking-related memorabilia, professional biographies and resumes, and a collection of menus from restaurants across the United States and Europe. Original order has been retained.
Series VI: Audio consists primarily of audiocassettes of taped interviews conducted by Noël Riley Fitch in the course of research for Appetetite for Life, and also includes some material related to publicity of the book. Audiotapes have not been preserved and are not currently available to researchers.
Series VII: Video consists primarily of video of Julia Child interviews and cooking demonstrations, as well as some interviews with Noël Riley Fitch and other material related to the publicity of Appetite for Life. Videotapes have not been preserved and are not currently available to researchers.
Series VIII: Data Storage consists of computer disks including images and text files related to the production and publicity of Appetite for Life and the cafes books. Data disks have not been preserved and are not currently available to researchers.
Series XI: Objects consists of a small amount of memorabilia, mostly clothing printed with logos related to various projects by Julia Child.