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Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide

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American President: An Online Reference Resource

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia presents essays about Jefferson and his life before, during, and after his presidential terms. It additionally provides biographical information about Martha Jefferson and cabinet officials of each administration, as well as a selected bibliography and information on Jefferson's private and public papers.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

The Avalon Project presents a selection of Jefferson's papers, including transcriptions of his annual messages to Congress, inaugural addresses, Indian addresses, and miscellaneous papers.

Founders Online: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), has entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create this site and make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America. This site provides online access to all of the content of the print volumes of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

Family Letters Project: The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson’s Family Members

Sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello, the Family Letters Project is a companion to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, published by Princeton University Press. The site provides full text-searchable transcriptions of a rich body of correspondence among members of Jefferson’s immediate and extended family in the years between 1809 and 1873, with a concentration on the years between 1809 and 1835. These materials offer a unique window into Jefferson’s domestic life and social milieu during his retirement years.


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation's Web site on Monticello, Jefferson's home, provides a multimedia look at Monticello with 3-D models of the house, narrated tours, special animations, and an interactive map. The Research and Collections section includes a link to the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia, which contains hundreds of articles by Thomas Jefferson Foundation staff members and associated scholars. The Jefferson Library's reference page provides guides, tutorials, and research tools useful in exploring Jefferson's life. The Education section of the site presents study resources for students and information for teachers such as lesson plans.

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

Princeton University provides information concerning The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, an authoritative and comprehensive edition of the correspondence and papers of Thomas Jefferson. This site contains the online indexes to The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and a small selection of primary-source documents with annotations.

POTUS: Thomas Jefferson

The Internet Public Library's POTUS Web site provides background information, election results, a list of cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, and other presidential sites are also included.

Thomas Jefferson Digital Library

A large collection of online resources related to Jefferson from the University of Virginia. This site includes materials such as documents by or to Jefferson; the full text of the 1834 edition of the Life of Thomas Jefferson by B. L. Rayner; The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia; a compilation of quotations related to politics and government; an annotated bibliography of writings about Jefferson; and a documentary history of the construction of the buildings at the University of Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson: A Film by Ken Burns

The PBS Web site for Ken Burns’s historical documentary includes classroom materials; images and transcripts of some of Jefferson’s most important public and private writings and other documents related to him; and transcripts of interviews with twenty-four expert scholars, writers, and interpreters of Jefferson’s life and legacy who served as consultants or on-screen commentators for the film.

Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive

A selection of manuscripts from the Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This site presents digital images and searchable transcriptions of Jefferson's Farm Book and Garden Book (his personal records relating to his farm holdings and gardens), architectural drawings, and a handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence. It also includes Jefferson's catalog of books from 1783 and 1789.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Jefferson’s “other” home, in Bedford County, Virginia, served as his vacation retreat throughout his post-presidential retirement years. More than any other place, it reflects his fully matured ideals of domestic architecture and landscape design. Its Web site includes extensive information about the buildings and grounds; current restoration efforts and archaeological investigations; the life lived there by Jefferson, his family, and the slave community; and materials for educators and students.

Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia

An online reference resource sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Monticello, the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia provides authoritative brief articles on a host of topics concerning Jefferson and the world he inhabited. Discussion pages permit users to contribute comments.

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