The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series

About the Retirement Series

The project is creating the definitive edition of Thomas Jefferson's letters and papers for the period from 1809 to 1826. More information about its history, objectives, techniques, and structure follows. More »

Featured Letters

A changing gallery of documents illustrating the kaleidoscopic range and breadth of Jefferson's correspondence and papers. More »

Completed Volumes

Information on the ten volumes now in print. More »

Current Cumulative Index

The most up-to-date version of the indices published in Vols. 1-10, which cover the period of 4 March 1809 to 18 January 1817. More »


Related Links

Links to similar editorial projects, institutions doing related work, and repositories with major collections of Jefferson manuscripts. More »



I am constantly consulting the volumes put out by the able scholars of "the Papers," as we affectionately call them. The Retirement Series will cover Jefferson's correspondence from his retirement in 1809 until his death in 1826--six volumes of this series have been published through most of 1813. It is a project being done in parallel with the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University, which has published material from his earliest writing up into his presidency; they're still working on most of the presidential years. In any case, the careful editorial work and precise, scholar annotation are worth their weight in gold. I can't commend this undertaking (and their related projects shown on this page) enough.

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