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Monticello—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement

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931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902


The Retirement Series is creating the definitive edition of Thomas Jefferson's letters and papers for the period from 1809 to 1826 in letterpress and digital forms. Jefferson's retirement is the least studied and one of the most fascinating periods of his life. During these years he founded the University of Virginia, and in selling his own unrivaled book collection, he turned the Library of Congress into a great cultural institution. But he also has time to ponder and distill his final word on the multiplicity of topics that interest him, with his larger and fruitful correspondence with John Adams being only one of the richer examples. 

This scholarly enterprise is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and housed at the Foundation'sJefferson Library under the auspices of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Publication in 2004 of the first of an estimated twenty-three volumes in the Retirement Series was a milestone in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the definitive edition of the papers of the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States. The original project began in 1943 with the goal of printing, noting, or otherwise accounting for "everything legitimately Jeffersonian by reason of authorship or of relationship," as Julian P. Boyd, the first editor, put it. Some forty volumes, covering much of the earlier period of Jefferson's life and including related topical materials, have been prepared in an ongoing effort located at Princeton University and published since 1950 by Princeton University Press. 


Categories: Thomas Jefferson,

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

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The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

10 volumes with an additional 12 projected

Presidential content includes:

- Thomas Jefferson

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