The historical and curatorial information on this site came from numerous sources. A particular debt is owed to Blair House staff, whose knowledge and research permeate every page on the site. Online resources maintained by the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library ( provided a wealth of information (including both primary historical documents and analytical articles). National Park Service websites for Antietam and other battlefields were a source of valuable background information on the Civil War and significant persons of the period.

Information and photographs from Blair House: The President’s Guest House (published 1989 by The Blair House Restoration Fund, with text by Marlene Elizabeth Heck and photographs by Kari Haavisto, Hickey-Robertson, Mary E. Nichols, and John F. Grant) were extraordinarily valuable in the creation of this site.

Design and web services donated by Adcetera.

Other valuable references include:

Virginia Jeans Laas, ed., The Civil War Letters of Elizabeth Blair Lee (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press) 1991.

Harold Holzer, Gabor S. Boritt and Mark E. Neely, Jr. The Lincoln Image: Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1984:43-55.

Harry T. Peters. America on Stone. New York: Arno Press, 1976 (Reprint edition): pages 119-200.

A number of general reference works were also consulted for basic factual and historical information.

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