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Jefferson Nickel

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Jefferson Nickel

right|frame|Front of original Jefferson nickel In 1938, the United States Treasury elected to stop minting the Buffalo nickel. The Buffalo nickel (also known as the Indian Head nickel) had just completed its mandatory twenty-five year circulation, and since the new President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, was an admirer of Jefferson, the U.S. Mint announced a contest to design a coin in honor of the third President. The winning entry would receive a $1,000 prize.

Nothing is more unequal...(Quotation)

Quotation: "Nothing is more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people."


  1. "Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequal people."
  2. "Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequals."
  3. "Nothing is more unequal than to treat unequals equally."
  4. "There is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals."

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Discoveries in the North Passage

People today often forget how flexible rooms were in the past. The North Passage on the 2nd floor of Monticello is a prime example of multi-functionality. Of course it was a corridor, but it also acted as a storage area, work room, and as sleeping quarters for visitors and enslaved workers.


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The Monticello collection includes many items of clothing that belonged to Thomas Jefferson and other family members. Among the most interesting items is a red silk under waistcoat believed to have been Jefferson's.Jefferson's under waistcoat. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

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Jefferson's under waistcoat. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
Waistcoat lining, made from initialed stocking. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc
Waistcoat open to view lining. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Thomas Turpin

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Thomas Turpin
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Searching Jefferson's Papers

Thomas Jefferson’s papers did not remain in an intact collection after his death; they are now located in more than 900 different repositories all over the world.  Several different editions of his papers have been published since his death, but none of them are comprehensive or complete so far.  This guide will help you navigate the different sources of Jefferson documents to locate the information you need.

For full information on published editions of Jefferson's papers, see our article on the topic.