This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Legacy Library:

WHLibrary1963 is a Legacy Library. Legacy libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members from the Legacy Libraries group.

WHLibrary1963 is also an author.

» See 's author page.

Search WHLibrary1963's books

Random books from WHLibrary1963's library

The autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain

The United States and world organization, 1920-1933 by Denna Frank Fleming

The United States and India and Pakistan by W. Norman Brown

Beveridge and the progressive era by Claude Gernade Bowers

High country empire : the high plains and Rockies by Robert G. Athearn

Al Smith and his America by Oscar Handlin

George III and the historians by Herbert Butterfield

Members with WHLibrary1963's books

Member connections

Friends: JohnFKennedy

Member gallery (9)

(see all 9 pictures)

RSS feeds

Recently-added books

WHLibrary1963's reviews

Reviews of WHLibrary1963's books, not including WHLibrary1963's

Helper badges

Work CombinationFiverTenner


Member: WHLibrary1963

CollectionsYour library (1,749)


TagsAmerican History (222), Biography (211), Literature (76), American Politics & Government (60), Presidential Biography & Writings (58), Autobiography & Memoir (52), Economics (42), Civil War (38), Wrong Edition (35), Art (31) — see all tags

Cloudstag cloud, author cloud, tag mirror

About my libraryThis library was selected for the White House in the early 1960s by Yale librarian emeritus James T. Babb, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In his foreword to the published catalog of the library (used to create this LT collection), Babb wrote that the library was "intended to contain books which best represent the history and culture of the United States, works most essential for an understanding of our national experience."

Babb noted the criteria used in the selection of the books for this library: "The collection had to be strictly limited because the attractive library on the ground floor of the White House has shelf space for only twenty-five hundred volumes. Authors, with a few exceptions, are citizens of the United States; fiction and poetry by deceased writers only have been included." He noted that 70% of the books included were gifts from "individuals from all over the country, university presses, commercial publishers, the American Booksellers' Association, and foundations; the remainder were purchased with funds given to the White House Historical Association by generous donors."

Along with Babb, others involved in the selection of this library included Lyman H. Butterfield, Julian P. Boyd, and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

The library was added to after its initial installation (indeed, some of the books included in the 1967 short-title list were published after the original library was put together in 1963).

*Wikipedia: White House Library
*Kennedy Library, Redecoration watercolor


Favorite authorsNot set

Account typepublic

URLs /profile/WHLibrary1963 (profile)
/catalog/WHLibrary1963 (library)

Member sinceFeb 23, 2010

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 157,719,964 books! | Top bar: Always visible