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Just a quick note regarding the one item that caught my eye in the latest William & Mary Quarterly : Seth Cotlar of Willamette University reviews Gary Nash's and Graham Hodges' book Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kościuszko*, and Agrippa Hull: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two...More >>
There have been a flood of news stories about the dramatic increases in usage of public libraries across the country, attributed to the economic recession the country is experiencing. Way more practical than going out and consoling yourself by buying a tube of lipstick (speaking as a woman, I don't...More >>
I do apologize for the slight dry spell in Summary View entries - last week seems to have gotten away from us. I blame our snow day-and-a-half. At any rate, I realized that one topic I have not gotten around to bloviating about is our book-purchasing activities. Here's our procedure: people ask me...More >>
Helen Cripe, who wrote The Book on Jefferson and all things music , has been hanging out with us at the library for the last month, which has been pretty cool. She's been working on re-configuring her magnum opus into the next Monticello Monograph. (Personally, I've been getting a big kick out of...More >>
Well, I've missed our President's actual inauguration by several days, but I'd like to belatedly commemorate the occasion by offering an intriguing historical tidbit about - yes! - Jefferson's first inauguration . The point I'd like to address (ha ha, pun alert) may seem a bit ridiculously minor to...More >>
The arrival of our annual issue of the Magazine of Albemarle County History is always eagerly awaited. This year's issue has some special visual goodies: possibly the first photographs ever taken of Monticello, in Antoinette W. Roades' article, "Photographed by William Roads: A Portrait of the Artist Through the Lens of His Work" (35-66 - images of Monticello on page 61). Along with possibly being the First Photos Ever of Monticello, these could also possibly be the Saddest Photos Ever of Monticello - it's looking pretty decrepit at that point in time (late 1860s).More >>
Hot off the press (almost) from another of our former ICJS fellows, Jeff Matsuura, is Jefferson vs. the Patent Trolls: A Populist Vision of Intellectual Property Rights (produced in an aesthetically pleasing setting and travel-friendly size by the University of Virginia Press in late 2008). Even if...More >>
One of our alert former fellows brought Hillary Clinton's quotation of Jefferson during her recent Secretary of State confirmation hearings to my attention. Of course I can't help myself from checking to make sure that famous people quoting TJ have actually gotten their quotes correct, because a) I...More >>
I've just laboriously sussed out the farthest points north, south, east and west Jefferson ever traveled and put it up on the Encyclopedia here . I find this handy when people ask us if, say, TJ ever visited Las Vegas, to be able to say, "nope, sorry, the farthest west he ever got was..." (Okay, no...More >>
After a long, ridiculous search that made my head hurt real bad, I made a discovery that I hope will save many people from similar experiences: the nice people at Swem Library at the College of William and Mary have put Jefferson's "Notes on a Tour of English Gardens" up on their website. In full...More >>



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