Happy 100th Birthday to Julia Child—French cooking expert and former member of the OSS, the World War II intelligence organization that was the forerunner to the CIA!
The National Archives holds the personnel file of a young Julia McWilliams, including this resume that she submitted.
The file documents her rise from senior typist to junior research assistant to clerk to senior clerk to administrative assistant. She started out in Washington, DC,and was then sent to duty stations overseas in Ceylon and China, when she met her future husband, Paul Child.
You can read her personnel file online.
To learn more about Julia Child’s time in the OSS, read "A Covert Affair" from Prologue magazine.
To learn more about the OSS, read "Creating the Modern Spy" from Prologue magazine.