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Nathalie Dupree archive

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2017-11
The Nathalie Dupree archive contains over 200 boxes of material relating to the personal life and career of the renowned Southern chef, author and television show host. Focusing on Southern cuisine, Dupree has authored 14 cookbooks, hosted 300 cooking shows and is the Founding Chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, a founder of: the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was two time President. She was awarded the prestigious “Grand Dame” of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of top women in the culinary field, as well as 2013 Woman of the Year by a prestigious organization of French Chefs in America.

Highlights of the collection include Dupree’s personal diaries that record her activities in the vibrant culinary and literary scenes in which she participates, menus and recipes from her time at Rich’s Cooking School, her television programs and her numerous cookbooks, including New Southern Cooking, as well as numerous boxes of material related to Dupree’s personal life, including correspondence from notable chefs like Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. Also included are materials relating to Dupree’s publishing and production company and from her 2010 write in senate campaign against Jim DeMint in which she promised to “cook his goose” and to “bring home the bacon” for the state of South Carolina.

The largest portion of the Nathalie Dupree Archive is the surviving master copies of Dupree’s numerous television shows from the 1980s to 2010. These films are currently stored on several different forms of media, including Betamax, U-Matic and reel to reel videotape. Preservation of the entirety of Nathalie Dupree’s collection will cement Dupree’s legacy as a pioneer in the slow food movement and the revival of Southern cooking and foodways.


  • 1939-2017

Conditions Governing Access

Collection closed for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


211 boxes

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

Nathalie Dupree archive