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America's Story

Meet 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 at home.

Jump Back in Time: Thomas Jefferson Won the Election and the Presidency

Jump Back in Time: President James Madison Approved an Act of Congress to Purchase Jefferson's Library

Jump Back in Time: James Monroe Sought Advice from Thomas Jefferson


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Declaring 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.

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections
of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this exhibition, including a draft of Jefferson's first inaugural address.

Religion 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 his life.

Rivers, 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.

Temple 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 Capitol competition guidelines printed in the American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia) on March 24, 1792.

Thomas Jefferson

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.

Library of Congress Information Bulletin

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the Thomas Jefferson Papers collection in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints 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. Search 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.

Rare Books & Special Collections Division

Digitized Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division

Catalogue 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 resolutions intended for the inspection of the present delegates of the people of Virginia, now in convention / Williamsburg Va.: Printed by Clementina Rind, 1774.

Today in History

January 30

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.

February 17

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, 1801.

April 13

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia.

July 4

On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, announcing the colonies' separation from Great Britain.

October 17

On October 17, 1823, President James Monroe wrote a letter to his friend and Virginia neighbor Thomas Jefferson seeking advice on foreign policy.

October 20

On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of twenty-four to seven.

Virtual Programs and Services

Digital Reference Section Web Guides

The American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications

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 Jefferson.

Presidents 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 Jefferson.

Primary 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 the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Louisiana Purchase.


Jefferson's 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.

Jefferson and His Legacy

Historians Joseph Ellis and Annette Gordon-Reed discuss Jefferson and his legacy.

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