Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide
Amazing Americans: Thomas Jefferson
Designed for elementary and middle-school students, America's
Library provides a variety of stories about Thomas Jefferson,
including information about the Declaration
of Independence and his life
Back in Time: Thomas Jefferson Won the Election and the
Back in Time: President James Madison Approved an Act of
Congress to Purchase Jefferson's Library
Back in Time: James Monroe Sought Advice from Thomas Jefferson
Treasures of the Library of Congress
Independence: Drafting the Documents
This exhibition includes a timeline;
an essay on the drafting
of the Declaration of Independence; and related documents,
manuscripts, and prints such as Thomas Jefferson's "original
Rough draught" and George Washington's personal copy
of the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence.
Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the
of the Library of Congress
Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this exhibition,
including a draft of Jefferson's first
and the Founding of the American Republic
Explores the role religion played in the founding of
the American colonies, in the shaping of early American
life and politics, and in forming the American Republic.
This exhibition includes information on many items related
to Jefferson and religion, including a reference to An
Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, which passed the
Virginia Assembly in January 1786. Jefferson directed
that the title of this act be inscribed on his tombstone
as one of the three most important accomplishments of
Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America
An online exhibition that contains maps, images, and
documents concerning the Lewis and Clark Expedition and
the Louisiana Purchase, including Jefferson's secret message
to Congress regarding the expedition and his instructions
to Meriwether Lewis.
of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were the Founders
most responsible for overseeing the initial design and
direction of the U.S. Capitol. This exhibition includes
original prints, drawings, and documents, including Jefferson's
competition guidelines printed in the American
Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia) on March 24, 1792.
This online exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy
of Thomas Jefferson--Founder, farmer, architect, inventor,
slaveholder, book collector, scholar, diplomat, and the
third president of the United States. It traces Jefferson's
intellectual development from his earliest days in the
Piedmont to an ever-expanding realm of influence in republican
Virginia, the American Revolutionary government, the creation
of the American nation, and the revolution in individual
rights in America and the world.
Division Finding Aids Online
A finding aid for the Thomas
Jefferson Papers collection in the Library of
Congress Manuscript Division.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Jefferson,
Thomas, 1743 1826 to find digital images related to
Jefferson such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
all text fields in PPOC using the phrase Thomas Jefferson
to locate additional images.
Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress
This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of Thomas Jefferson.
Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division
of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. Compiled with
Annotations by E. Millicent Sowerby. Washington, D. C.:
The Library of Congress, 1952-59. (5 volumes).
Jefferson, Thomas. A
Summary View of the Rights of British America: set forth
in some.../ Williamsburg Va.: Printed by Clementina
On January 30, 1815, President James Madison approved
an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas
Jefferson's library of 6,487 volumes.
After a tie vote in the Electoral College in the presidential
election of 1800, the House of Representatives elected
Jefferson as president over Aaron Burr on February 17,
Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell
in Albemarle County, Virginia.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously
adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the
colonies' separation from Great Britain.
On October 17, 1823, President James Monroe wrote a letter
to his friend and Virginia neighbor Thomas Jefferson seeking
advice on foreign policy.
On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified the Louisiana
Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven.
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers
The digital resources described in this guide provide
online access, in varying degrees, to the personal papers
and/or publications of the major founders of the American
Republic, including Thomas
as Poets: Poetry Written by United States Presidents
Many presidents of the United States have turned to poetry
at certain points in their lives as an outlet for their
feelings and thoughts, or to explore the resources of
the English language, including Thomas
Documents in American History
This site offers a list of some of the most important
documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each
document has a page with background information, links
to digital material associated with the documents, and
bibliographies for both adult and young readers. Many
of the documents contain information related to Jefferson,
including the Declaration
of Independence, a secret message to Congress regarding
and Clark Expedition, and the Louisiana
Letter to Meriwether Lewis
Gerard Gawalt discusses the draft of a letter that Thomas
Jefferson sent to Meriwether Lewis to initiate the Lewis
and Clark Expedition.
and His Legacy
Historians Joseph Ellis and Annette Gordon-Reed discuss
Jefferson and his legacy.