Honoring Julia

Honoring Julia

In accordance with the Foundation's responsibilities, the Trustees have established the following guidelines for those wishing to organize events in honor of Julia and/or her legacy. The Foundation encourages these events, so long as they are exclusively celebratory, do not trade on Julia's legacy for purposes of profit or commercial gain and are in support of a good cause.

During her lifetime, Julia felt strongly about not using her name in connection with commercial activities. She made exceptions for the marketing and promotion of her cookbooks, television programs, and related products because she believed in their educational nature. In limited instances, she allowed select charitable organizations with which she either was personally involved or whose mission she supported to use her name and/or likeness. It is the intent of the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts (the Foundation) to remain consistent with Julia's decisions surrounding the use of her celebrity.

What the Foundation restricts and protects:
Because the Foundation holds rights to the use of Julia's name and likeness and has the responsibility to manage and protect these rights, the Foundation can and will protect Julia's name and likeness from any unauthorized and/or inappropriate use.

The Foundation holds the rights to:

  • Julia's copyright and intellectual property rights, including the copyright to unpublished materials written by Julia.
  • The rights to use Julia's name and likeness (often referred to as publicity or personality rights).

Permission from the Foundation is required to:

  • Reprint and/or publish in any medium any material for which Julia held the copyright.
  • Reprint and/or publish any photographs taken by Paul Child, located at the Schlesinger Library or elsewhere, that have been previously published in books written by Julia. (To inquire about the use of any of these photographs, please contact Foundation Administrator Lauren Salkeld.)
  • Use Julia's name and/or likeness in the promotion or sale of any kinds of goods or services, including those in connection with charitable activities. With rare exceptions, the Foundation does not grant permission for the use of Julia's name and/or likeness for commercial activities. Merchandise marketed for sale which you may have seen incorporating Julia's name, likeness, and/or attributed quotes, was not authorized by the Foundation and was created without permission. The Foundation's definition of commercial activities extends to any in which the public is asked to pay money, even if the money ultimately benefits a nonprofit or charitable organization. (To seek permission to use Julia's name and/or image, please contact Foundation Administrator Lauren Salkeld.)

Permission from other entities or persons is required to:

  • Reprint and/or publish in any medium content from Julia's books, television programs, DVDs or digital content. Permission must be sought from the relevant publisher or producer, such as Alfred A. Knopf, WGBH, or A La Carte Productions.
  • Reprint and/or publish in any medium any photographs taken by Paul Child located in the archives of the Schlesinger Library or elsewhere that have not been previously published in books written by Julia Child.


The Schlesinger Library
Finding aids for The Julia Child Papers and additional papers of Julia Child can be viewed at:

The finding aids for the audio and video collections can be viewed at:
These materials are open to research. Please contact the reference desk at 617-495-8540 or online.

Over 1,800 photographic prints, mostly chronicling The French Chef, along with some early snapshots of the Childs in France, have been processed. Processed images are available in the Schlesinger's online VIA (Visual Information Access) catalog. (Note: records are mc660 and mc644.)

For photo permissions please contact:

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc./Random House, Inc.

Harry Ransom Center
The Ransom Center holds the Alfred A. Knopf Inc., collection which includes materials related to the publication of the groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle.

For more information, click here.
For Policies, click here.
For Manuscript information contact: Rick Watson, Head of Reference Services

WGBH Educational Foundation
To license stills, clips and text please contact:
WGBH Stock Sales

To license full programs please contact:
Mary Cahill Farella
Director of Licensing

A La Carte Communications
For a listing of productions with Julia, click here.

Contact: Nat Katzman

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