Virginia Records Timeline: 1553 to 1743
The Library of Congress owns twenty-one manuscript volumes of seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Virginia colonial records that were originally part of Jefferson’s personal library. Half of these are in the Manuscript Division with Jefferson’s papers, and the remainder are in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division. This timeline covering early Virginia history is meant to illuminate the period documented in these volumes.
Anne Cary Randolph’s Household Accounts, 1805-1808
Between 1805 and 1808 Thomas and Martha Jefferson’s teenaged granddaughter kept her household accounts in the blank pages of a notebook previously used by her grandparents. This essay reveals and contextualizes Randolph’s practice of trading with Monticello’s slaves.
Virginia Records, 1606-1737
Descriptions of the twenty-one volumes of colonial Virginia records once owned by Thomas Jefferson, now at the Library of Congress, and how to find and use them online.