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There are a number of works that are referred to frequently in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia; for convenience, these titles are referred to using a standard shorthand designation. Following are the full citations for these works. If you are a contributor to the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia and would like to have a title added to this list, please contact us.


A - D

ANB = Garraty, John A. and Mark C. Carnes, eds. American National Biography. 24 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Bear, Jefferson at Monticello = Bear, James, A. Jr. Jefferson at Monticello. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1967.

Bedini, Statesman of Science = Bedini, Silvio. Thomas Jefferson: Statesman of Science. New York: Macmillan, 1990.

Betts, Farm Book = Betts, Edwin M., ed. Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book: With Commentary and Relevant Extracts from Other Writings. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953. Rep. 1976, 1987, 1999. Manuscript and transcription available online at

Betts, Garden Book = Betts, Edwin M., ed. Thomas Jefferson's Garden Book, 1766-1824: With Relevant Extracts from His Other Writings, 1944. Rep. 1999. Manuscript and transcription available online at

Bush, Life Portraits = Bush, Alfred L. The Life Portraits of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, VA: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 1987.

Cappon, Adams-Jefferson Letters = Cappon, Lester J. ed. The Adams-Jefferson Letters. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1959. Rep. 1988.

DAB = Johnson, Allen, et al, eds. Dictionary of American Biography. 20 vols. New York: Scribner, 1928-1937.

E - K

EG = Adams, Dickinson W. and Ruth W. Lester, eds. Jefferson's Extracts from the Gospels: "The Philosophy of Jesus" and "The Life and Morals of Jesus". Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.

Family Letters = Betts, Edwin M., and James Bear, Jr., eds. Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1966. Reprinted Charlottesville: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 1986.

Ford = Ford, Paul Leicester, ed. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1892-99. 10 vols.

Isaac Jefferson, Memoirs = Jefferson, Isaac. Memoirs of a Monticello Slave, as dictated to Charles Campbell, by Isaac. In Jefferson at Monticello, ed. James A. Bear, Jr. Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1967.

Jefferson, Autobiography = Ford, Paul Leicester, ed. The Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1790: Together with a Summary of the Chief Events in Jefferson's Life. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Jeffersonian Cyclopedia = Foley, John P., ed. The Jeffersonian Cyclopedia: A Comprehensive Collection of the Views of Thomas Jefferson... New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1900. Reprinted 1967. Also available online.

Kimball, Jefferson, Architect = Jefferson, Thomas. Thomas Jefferson, Architect: Original Designs in the Collection of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Jr. Edited by Fiske Kimball. Cambridge, MA: Riverside Press, 1916. Reprinted, with a new introduction by Frederick Doveton Nichols, Da Capo, 1968.

L - P

L&B = Lipscomb, Andrew A. and Albert E. Bergh, eds. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson. Washington, D.C.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association of the United States, 1903-04. 20 vols.

MACH = Magazine of Albemarle County History, 1940-

Malone, Jefferson = Malone, Dumas. Jefferson and His Time. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1948-81. 6 vols.

MB = Bear, James A. Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds. Jefferson's Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Notes, ed. Peden = Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. Edited by William Peden. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1955.

OED = Simpson, J. A., and E. S. C. Weiner, eds. The Oxford English Dictionary. 2d ed., Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1989, 20 vols.

Peterson, Jefferson Writings = Peterson, Merrill, ed. Thomas Jefferson Writings. New York: Literary Classics of the U.S., 1984.

Peterson, Visitors = Peterson, Merrill, ed. Visitors to Monticello. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1989.

Pierson, Jefferson at Monticello = Pierson, Hamilton W. Jefferson at Monticello: The Private Life of Thomas Jefferson, From Entirely New Materials. New York: Scribner, 1862.

PTJ = Boyd, Julian P., Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, et al, eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1950-. 33 vols.  A free online version of this edition is now available from the National Archives through the Founders Online Project.

PTJ:RS = Looney, J. Jefferson, ed. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004-. 3 vols. Cumulative index available on Monticello website.  A free online version of this edition is now available from the National Archives through the Founders Online Project.

PW = Howell, Wilbur S., ed. Jefferson's Parliamentary Writings: Parliamentary Pocket-book and a Manual of Parliamentary Practice . Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Q - Z

Randall, Life = Randall, Henry S. The Life of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Derby & Jackson, 1858. 3 vols.

Randolph, Domestic Life = Randolph, Sarah N. The Domestic Life of Thomas Jefferson, Compiled from Family Letters and Reminiscences by His Great-Granddaughter. New York: Harper, 1871.

Shackelford, Descendants = Shackelford, George Green, ed. Collected Papers to Commemorate Fifty Years of the Monticello Association of the Descendants of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville: Monticello Association, 1965. 2 vols.

Sheridan, Jefferson and Religion = Sheridan, Eugene R. Jefferson and Religion. Charlottesville: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 1998.

Smith, First Forty Years = Hunt, Gaillard S., ed. The First Forty Years of Washington Society: Portrayed by the Family Letters of Mrs. Samuel Harrison Smith (Margaret Bayard) from the Collection of her Grandson, J. Henley Smith. New York: Scribner, 1906.

Sowerby = E. Millicent Sowerby, comp. Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1952-59. 5 vols.

Stanton, Free Some Day = Stanton, Lucia. Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello. Charlottesville: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2000.

Stein, Worlds = Stein, Susan R. The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. c1993 Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

VMHB = Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893-.

Wagoner, Jefferson and Education = Wagoner, Jennings L. Jr. Jefferson and Education. Charlottesville, Va.: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2004.

WMQ = William and Mary Quarterly, 1892-.

Woods, Albemarle = Woods, Edgar. Albemarle County in Virginia. Charlottesville: The Michie Co., 1901.


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