Virginia McAlester is an honor graduate of Radcliffe College (Architectural Sciences) and attended Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a founding member and past president of the Historic Preservation League, Inc. (Dallas), and for nine years, was Texas Advisor and a member of the Administrative Committee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is co-author of The Making of a Historic District: Swiss Avenue. Lee McAlester, a geologist by profession, is professor at Southern Methodist University and was formerly Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences there. From 1960 to 1973 he was Professor of Geology at Yale University. He is the author of several widely used introductory textbooks as well as numerous scientific monographs and papers. He has an active hobby interest in architectural history and has been involved in historic preservation in New England, Georgia, and the Southwest.McAlester, Virginia is the author of 'Field Guide to American Houses', published 1984 under ISBN 9780394739694 and ISBN 0394739698.