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White House Guide Book

White House Guide Book

To avoid the politically controversial use of public money for the restoration of the White House State rooms, Mrs. Kennedy established the White House Historical Association which would publish the first official White House Guidebook in 1962. All profits from the sale of the guidebook to the millions who toured the White House would be used to fund the restoration project and to purchase the furnishings and other historic materials located by the Fine Arts Committee. Together with the newly appointed White House Curator (a position whose creation Mrs. Kennedy championed), Mrs. Kennedy approved the guidebook's text, chose which photographs would be featured, and designed the book's layout. Upon publication, it became an immediate success.