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.
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.
Guidelines For Honoring Julia
For those wishing to put on a private event (i.e., no tickets sold):
We simply request that the event remain centered around Julia in the areas of cooking, gastronomy, the pleasures of the table and the culinary arts.
For those wishing to put on a public event in which tickets will be sold:
We request that such events be organized only if they are educational and/or celebratory in nature and connect to Julia’s legacy. We require that messaging and marketing collateral used in the promotion of such events, especially any which use Julia’s name and likeness, be reviewed and approved by the Foundation prior to their circulation. Please contact Grant & Media Manager Lauren Salkeld.
For those wishing to put on a public or private event which raises money:
In addition to the above, we require that any public or private fundraising event that publicizes Julia’s name and likeness and/or invokes her memory be held only to benefit a nonprofit or charitable organization – preferably one that supports the field of gastronomy and the culinary arts. All other events, such as those that might benefit a political organization, a private club, or business will not be supported by the Foundation and permission to use Julia’s name and/or likeness in connection with such an event will not be granted. Note that all messaging and marketing collateral used in the promotion of such events, especially any which use Julia’s name and/or likeness, must be reviewed and pre-approved by the Foundation. Please contact Grant & Media Manager Lauren Salkeld.
While the Foundation does not solicit funds nor does it actively participate in fundraising activities, we recognize that there may be those who wish to put on a public or private event that raises money to be donated to the Foundation. In this case, the following additional guidelines must be followed:
In addition to the above, the program of the event’s proceedings as well as the messaging and marketing collateral such as posters, flyers, programs, and invitations must be reviewed and pre-approved by the Foundation. Please contact Grant & Media Manager Lauren Salkeld.
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 Director of Outreach Lauren Salkeld.)
- Please keep in mind that the Foundation has a small staff and receives a significant number of requests. If you are requesting permission for a large amount of material, please contact the Foundation at the beginning of your project and allow at least sixty (60) days for your request to be evaluated. We process permissions requests only once all materials are finalized.
- 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 Director of Outreach 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
- 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 Director of Outreach Lauren Salkeld.)
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: email@example.com
- 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 Policies, click here.
For more information, click here.
For Manuscript information contact: Rick Watson, Head of Reference Services.
WGBH Educational Foundation
To license stills, clips and text please contact:
To license full programs please contact:
Director of Licensing
A La Carte Communications
For a listing of productions with Julia, click here.
Contact: Nat Katzman