Reading Lists & Bibliography  ›  


»  General White House Bibliography

»  First Ladies Biographies

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»  Presidential and White House Recipes and Menus Bibliography

»  Entertaining at the White House

»  White House Gardens and Grounds Bibliography

»  White House Christmas Bibliography




General White House Bibliography  ›  

Aikman, Lonnelle. The Living White House. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 1996.

Cunliffe, Marcus. The American Heritage History of the Presidency. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, 1968.

Dowd, Mary-Jane M., compiler. Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital - Record Group 42 Inventory No. 16. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.

Freidel, Frank. The Presidents of the United States. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 1995.

Freidel, Frank and Pencak, William, ed. The White House: The First Two Hundred Years. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1994.

Furman, Bess. White House Profile. New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., 1951.

Garrett, Wendell, ed. Our Changing White House. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1995.

Jensen, Amy LaFollette. The White House and its Thirty-Five Families. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971.

Kirk, Elise K. Music at the White House: A History of the American Spirit. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986.

Kirk, Elise K. Musical Highlights from the White House. Florida: Krieger Publishing Company, 1992. Klapthor, Margaret B. The First Ladies. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 1995.

Klapthor, Margaret B. Official White House China, 1789 to the Present. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1975.

Kloss, William et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 1992.

Leish, Kenneth W. The White House. New York: Newsweek, 1972.

Ryan, William and Guinness, Desmond. The White House: An Architectural History. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1980.

Seale, William. The President's House: A History. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 1986.

Seale, William. The White House: The History of an American Idea. Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Architects Press in association with the White House Historical Association, 1992.

Seale, William. The White House Garden. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association, 1996.

Singleton, Esther. The Story of the White House. New York: The McClure Company, 1907.

Smith, Marie. Entertaining in the White House. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books, 1967.

Spillman, Jane Shadel. White House Glassware: Two Centuries of Presidential Entertaining. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 1989.

West, J. B. Upstairs at the White House. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc. 1973.

The White House: Resources for Research at the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1992.

The White House: An Historic Guide. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 1995.

U.S. Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion. Report of the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1952.

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First Ladies Biographies  ›  

Anthony, Carl Sferrazza. First Ladies. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1990.

Barzman, Sol. The First Ladies. New York: Cowles Book Company, Inc., 1970.

Bassett, Margaret. American Presidents and Their Wives. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1969.

Boller, Paul F., Jr. Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Brown, Margaret W. The Dresses of the First Ladies of the White House. Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1952.

Caroli, Betty Boyd. First Ladies. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Caroli, Betty Boyd. America's First Ladies. Garden City: Doubleday Direct, Inc., 1996.

The First Ladies: Martha Washington to Hillary Clinton. New York: Crescent Books, 1992.

Gerlinger, Irene Hazard. Mistresses of the White House. New York: Samuel French, 1950.

Gutin, Myra G. The President's Partner: The First Lady in the Twentieth Century. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

Holloway, Laura Carter. In the Home of the Presidents. New York: United States Publishing Company, 1875.

Holloway, Laura Carter. The Ladies of the White House. New York: United States Publishing Company, 1870; Philadelphia: Bradley and Company, 1882.

Klapthor, Margaret B. The First Ladies. Washington: White House Historical Association, 1995.

Mayo, Edith P., Meringolo, Denise D. First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image. Washington: Smithsonian Press, 1994.

Mayo, Edith P. The Smithsonian Book of the First Ladies: Their Lives, Times and Issues. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1996.

McConnell, Jane and Burt. Our First Ladies. New York: Crowell, 1957.

Means, Marianne. The Women in the White House. New York: Random House, 1963.

Melick, Arden D. Wives of the Presidents. Maplewood: Hammond, Inc., 1972.

Prindville, Kathleen. First Ladies. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1932.

Randolph, Mary. Presidents and First Ladies. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1936.

Sadler, Christine. America's First Ladies. New York: MacFadden, 1963.

Smith, Nancy Kegan, ed. Modern First Ladies. Washington: National Archives and Records Administration, 1989.

Whitton, Mary O. First First Ladies, 1789-1865. New York: Hastings House, 1948.

Woolfall, Lila GA. Presiding Ladies of the White House. Washington: Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1903.

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White House Staff Publications  ›  

Braisted, Rear Admiral William c. and Bell, Captain William Hemphill. The Life Story of Presley Marion Rixey Surgeon General, U.S. Navy 1902-1910. Strasburg, Virginia: Shenandoah Publishing House, Inc., 1930. [White House physician during McKinley and Roosevelt administrations]

Butt, Archie. The Letter of Archie Butt. Ed. Lawrence F. Abbott. New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1924. [White House Military Aide, 1908-1912]

Butt, Archie. Taft and Roosevelt; The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt Military Aide. New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc., 1930, 2 vols.

Carpenter, Liz. Ruffles and Flourishes. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1970.

Crook, Colonel William H. Memories of the White House. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1911. [White House employee, 1865-1911]

Crook, Colonel William H. Through Five Administrations. ed. Margarita Spalding Gerry. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1910.

Fields, Alonzo. My 21 Years in the White House. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1961. [White House butler and Maitre d', 1931-1953]

Hoover, Irwin Hood. 42 Years in the White House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934. [White House Usher, 1891-1933]

Jaffray, Elizabeth. Secrets of the White House. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1927. [White House Housekeeper, 1909-1925]

Keckley, Elizabeth. Behind the Scenes. New York: G.W. Carleton & Co., 1868. [Mrs. Lincoln's seamstress and friend]

Lincoln, Anne H. The Kennedy White House Parties. New York: The Viking Press, Inc., 1967. [Assistant Social Secretary and White House Housekeeper during the Kennedy Administration]

McIntire, Vice-Admiral Ross T. and Creel, George. White House Physician. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1946. [Physician for Franklin D. Roosevelt]

Merriman Smith's Book of Presidents: A White House Memoir. ed. Timothy G. Smith. New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 1972. [UPI reporter]

Nesbitt, Henrietta. White House Diary. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948. [White House Housekeeper, 1933-1945]

Parks, Lillian Rogers and Leighton, Frances Spatz. My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House. New York: Fleet Publishing Corporation, 1961. [White House seamstress, 1929-1960]

Smith, Ira R.T. and Morris, Joe Alex. "Dear Mr. President. . ." The Story of Fifty Years in the White House Mail Room. New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1949.

Starling, Colonel Edmund W. and Sugrue, Thomas. Starling of the White House. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1946. [Secret service agent, 1914-1944]

West, J.B. and Kotz, Mary Lynn. Upstairs at the White House. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1973. [White House Usher, 1941-1969]

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Presidential and White House Recipes and Menus Bibliography  ›  

Cannon, Poppy and Brooks, Patricia. The Presidents' Cookbook. New York: Bonanza Books, 1967.

Erwin, Jane. The White House Cookbook. Follett Publishing, 1964.

Fields, Alonzo. My 21 Years in the White House. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1961.

Haller, Henry with Aronson, Virginia. The White House Family Cookbook. New York: Random House, 1987.

Jaffray, Elizabeth. Secrets of the White House. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1927. (includes selected menus, 1909-1917)

Kimball, Marie. The Martha Washington Cook Book. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1940.

Kimball, Marie. Thomas Jefferson's Cook Book. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976.

Klapthor, Margaret Brown. The First Ladies Cook Book. New York: Parents' Magazine Press, 1982.

Rhodes, Susie Root and Hopkins, Grace Porter, Eds. The Economy Administration Cook Book. New York: Syndicate Publishing Co. Rysavy, Francois. A Treasury of White House Cooking. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1972.

Smith, Marie. Entertaining in the White House. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books, 1967.

The American Heritage Cookbook. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, 1964.

Treasury of White House Recipes. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973.

Verdon, Rene. White House Chef Cookbook. New York: Doubleday, 1968.

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Entertaining at the White House  ›  

Baldridge, Letitia. Of Diamonds and Diplomats. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1968.

Fields, Alonzo. My 21 Years in the White House. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1960. (includes selected menus, 1941-1952).

Helm, Edith. The Captains and the Kings. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1954.

Hoover, Irwin Hood. Forty-Two Years in the White House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934.

Jaffray, Elizabeth. Secrets of the White House. New York: Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, 1927. (includes selected menus, 1909-1917).

Smith, Marie. Entertaining in the White House. Washington, D.C.: Acropolis Books, 1967.

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White House Gardens and Grounds Bibliography  ›  

Kramer, Frederick L. The White House Gardens: a History and Pictorial Record. New York: Great American Editions Ltd., 1973.

Lewis, Ethel. The White House: an Informal History of its Architecture, Interiors and Gardens. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1937.

McEwan, Barbara. White House Landscapes: Horticultural Achievements of American Presidents. New York: Walker & Company, 1992.

Seale, William. The White House Garden. Washington: White House Historical Association, 1996.

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White House Christmas Bibliography  ›  

Menendez, Albert. Christmas at the White House. Westminister Press, 1983.

Rosenbaum, Alvin. A White House Christmas. The Preservation Press, National Trust For Historic Preservation, 1992.

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RESEARCH RESOURCES  ›  

»  Presidential Tape Recordings and the President's Daily Diary, compiled by Martha Kumar


»  The White House Collection Research Sources in the Office of the Curator, by Betty Monkman


»  Making the Most of the Archives: Finding White House Documentary Sources at the National Archives, by Alysha E. Black [PDF]


»  Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capitol, compiled by Mary-Jane M. Dowd