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The Library of Virginia announced in its latest e-newsletter that they have launched two (2) shiny new websites. The new main library website is at http://beta.lva.virginia.gov (which, among its many other fine qualities, is a URL slightly easier to remember than its predecessor, http://www.lva.lib...More >>
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 >>
Intrepid visitors to Monticello's web site may have already caught the announcement, but I wanted to bring it to the attention of the loyal readers of our friendly blog here: Just before the presidential inauguration, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation launched "a new Web site that highlights the...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 >>
One of the best parts about our jobs as librarians is that we run across some wicked-cool bits of information. Ever since first reading Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia , I've been curious about one particular passage (of course, I wonder about these things because I'm a big time science...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 >>

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