Like detectives, historians search for clues, follow leads, examine documents, evaluate evidence, and investigate lives. The case of Elizabeth Cady Stanton sent me across the country in pursuit of correspondence by or about her and in search of lost relatives. I always expected to find a cache of hidden letters in some great-grandchild's attic, but I never did. Instead I discovered the generosity of librarians and scholars and the excitement of "getting the facts."
At the libraries and historical societies I visited, I was assisted by knowledgeable, courteous professionals. For their assistance and enthusiasm, I would like to thank the staffs at the Susan B. Anthony Memorial, Rochester, New York; the Boston Public Library, Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts; the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library; the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University; the Geneva ( New York) Historical Society and Museum; the Houghton Library, Harvard University; the Huntington Library, San Marino, California; the Johnstown ( New York) Public Library; the Library of Congress; the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis; the New-York Historical Society; the New York Public Library; the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College; the Seneca Falls ( New York) Historical Society; the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College; the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation, Seneca Falls, New York; the Ernest Bird Library, Syracuse University; and Vassar College.
Equally helpful were the many people who answered my written requests, directed to the Columbia University Archives, New York; the Cornell University Archives and Alumni Office, Ithaca; the Friends Historical Society, Swarthmore College, Haverford, Pennsylvania; the Historical So