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Educational Resources

Online Resources

Adams Papers Digital Edition. Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. http://www.masshist.org/publications/adams-papers/

America’s Presidents. The National Portrait Gallery. https://americaspresidents.si.edu/

The First Ladies: Biographies and Portraits. The White House Historical Association. https://www.whitehousehistory.org/collections/first-lady-biographies

First Ladies Research. First Ladies’ National Library. http://www.firstladies.org/biographies/

Hagner, Isabella. Memoirs of Isabella Hagner 1901­–1905. White House collection, Isabella Hagner James Papers, Office of the Curator. Edited by Priscilla Roosevelt. White House Historical Association. Accessed March 23, 2020. https://www.whitehousehistory.org/memoirs-of-isabella-hagner-1901-1905

Washington, Martha. “Martha Washington: A Life.” George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Center for History and New Media. http://marthawashington.us/items

The U.S. Presidents. The Miller Center, University of Virginia. https://millercenter.org/president

 

Books

Adams, Louisa Catherine. Diary and Autobiographical Writings of Louisa Catherine Adams. 2 vols. Edited by Judith S. Graham and C. James Taylor. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.

Allgor, Catherine. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2007.

Black, Allida M. The First Ladies of the United States of America. 15thed. Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association, 2019.

Boller, Paul F. Presidential Wives: An Anecdotal History. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Buell, Augustus C. History of Andrew Jackson: Pioneer, Patriot, Soldier, Politician, President. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1904.

Bush, Barbara. Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush. New York: Quill, 1992.

Caroli, Betty Boyd. First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Cleveland, Rose Elizabeth. Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple, 1890-1918. Edited by Lizzie Ehrenhalt and Tilly Laskey. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019.

Coolidge, Grace. Grace Coolidge: An Autobiography. Edited by Lawrence E. Wikander and Robert H. Ferrell. Worland, Wyoming: High Plains Publishing Company, 1992.

Duffey, E. B. The Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Etiquette: A Complete Manual of the Manners and Dress of American Society Containing Forms of Letters, Invitations, Acceptances, and Regrets. Philadelphia: Porter and Coates, 1877.

Geer, Emily Apt. First Lady: The Life of Lucy Webb Hayes. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1984.

Gould, Louis L. American First Ladies: Their Lives and Their Legacy. New York: Garland, 1996.

Graddy, Lisa Kathleen, and Amy Pastan. The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection. Washington,

D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 2014.

Grant, Julia Dent. The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant). Edited by John Y. Simon. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1975.

Jefferson, Isaac Granger. Memoirs of a Monticello Slave. Edited by Rayford W. Logan. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1951.

Johnson, Lady Bird. A White House Diary. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007.

Nelson, Anson, and Fannie Nelson. Memorials of Sarah Polk: Wife of the Eleventh President of the United States. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph, 1892.

Obama, Michelle. Becoming. New York: Crown, 2018.

Parks, Lillian Rogers, with Frances Spatz Leighton. My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House. New York: Fleet, 1961.

Pine, Joslyn T. Wit and Wisdom of America's First Ladies: A Book of Quotations. Mineola, New York: Dover, 2014.

Reagan, Nancy. My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. New York: Random House, 2011.

Robbins, Jhan. Bess and Harry: An American Love Story. New York: Putnam, 1980.

Roberts, Cokie. Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. New York: Harper Collins, 2018.

Schneider, Dorothy, and Carl J. Schneider. First Ladies: A Biographical Dictionary. 3rd ed. New York: Facts on File, 2010.

Schwartz, Marie Jenkins. Ties that Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Seager, Robert. And Tyler Too: A Biography of John and Julia Tyler. New York: McGraw Hill, 1963.

Shaw, John, ed. Crete and James: Personal Letters of Lucretia and James Garfield. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1994.

Sibley, Katherine A. S., ed. A Companion to First Ladies. Malden, MA: John Wiley and Sons, 2016.

Smith, Nancy Kegan, and Mary C. Ryan. Modern First Ladies: Their Documentary Legacy. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1989.

Swain, Susan. First Ladies: Presidential Historians on the Lives of Forty-Five Iconic American Women. New York: PublicAffairs, 2015.

Taft, Mrs. William Howard. Recollections of Full Years. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1914.

Troy, Gil. Affairs of State: The Rise and Rejection of the Presidential Couple Since World War II. New York: Free Press, 1997.

Watson, Robert P. American First Ladies. 3rd ed. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2015.

Watson, Robert P., and Anthony J. Eksterowicz, eds. The Presidential Companion: Readings on the First Ladies. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2006.

Wilson, Edith Bolling. My Memoir. New York: Arno Press, 1980. First published 1939 by the Bobbs-Merrill Company (Indianapolis and New York).

Whitcomb, John, and Claire Whitcomb. Real Life at the White House: 200 Years of Daily Life at America’s Most Famous Residence. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Woolfall, Lila Graham Allger. Presiding Ladies of the White House: Containing Biographical Appreciations Together with a Short History of the Executive Mansion and a Treatise on Its Etiquette and Customs. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of National Literature and Art, 1903.