Garfield was a bibliophile with a considerable private library. Four years after his death in 1881, his wife Lucretia (called "Crete") added more space to Lawnfield to hold a library built up by and dedicated to her husband. Letters and other papers were kept in a fireproof vault off the main room. Some historians trace the modern presidential library system to Mrs. Garfield's initiative.
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