Although there are many Napoleonic relics in the Short Gallery, signs of Isabella's fascination are scattered throughout the museum, particularly in the books she collected. In fact, her interests as museum founder and fascination with the diminutive emperor combine in many books found in the Macknight Room and the Long Gallery. These works document the “Napoleon Museum,” which refers to the brief period between 1803-1815, when the Louvre Museum in Paris was rebranded under this name. During this time, it served as the repository for artworks plundered by Napoleon's military campaigns. After Napoleon's abdication, much of the stolen artworks were returned to their rightful owners–but a record of these ill-begotten objects remains printed in these books scattered throughout Gardner’s shelves.
At least two books about Napoleon are found in the Blue Room: one is The First Napoleon by John Codman Ropes and was a gift to Isabella by the author, and the other is Letters of Napoleon Buonaparte. Originally, Letters was acquired by Isabella's grandfather-in-law, Samuel Pickering Gardner, and eventually passed into Isabella's hands. It seems as though Isabella wasn't the only collector of Napoleonic relics in her family.