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Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide

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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a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create this site and make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.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.

Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters

The Jefferson Quotes & Family Letters website is edited by the staff of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series. Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson, family letters, and all other documents presented here have been carefully transcribed and fully verified to ensure accuracy and adherence to the high standards that are central to the Retirement Series. When repository permission has been given, images of the manuscripts appear beside their transcriptions.

The Miller Center of Public Affairs

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


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.

Thomas Jefferson

A guide to the University of Virginia's collections related to Thomas Jefferson, with additional links to texts and information resources about Jefferson.

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 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.

Thomas Jefferson Papers

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.

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