This is a selective guide to free Internet sites containing relevant, reliable, and rich content on American history, culture, and government.  Sites, individual pages, or specific search results may be compiled to provide a guide to materials focused on topics or issues.

Sources from Monticello:

  1. Thomas Jefferson Portal .  Global bibliographic access.  Click “Advanced Search” and enter Thomas Jefferson as SUBJECT and other search term(s).
  • NOTE:  the Thomas Jefferson Portal also provides access to contents in:

OCLC’s WorldCat

● HathiTrust digital books

● JSTOR Early Journal Content -- articles published prior to 1923.

  1. Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia.   Content created, verified, and updated by Jefferson scholars.
  2. Early American History Sites.   A Google Custom Search retrieving content in the websites of 41 major research institutions.
  3. Thomas Jefferson’s Libraries project.  Annotated listing of TJ’s approx. 9,000 titles.
  4. Jefferson Quotes and Family Letters.

Text and Image Archives:

  1. Founders Online. National Archives’ compilation of the papers of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, and Madison.
  2. Archive Grid.  Historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.
  3. Virginia Heritage.  Guides to manuscript and archival collections in Virginia.
  4. New York Public Library Digital Gallery.
  5. Avalon Project. Documents and manuscripts in law, history, and diplomacy.  Yale Law School.
  6. Chronicling America.  Library of Congress American historic newspapers, 1836-1922.
  7. Digital Public Library of America
  8. Virginia Chronicle.  Library of Virginia digital newspapers.
  9. Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC). Presents 3.7M entries on individuals, providing biographical and archival information sources.
  10. Libraries of Early America. Lists books from 1700+ collections owned by men and women in America prior to 1825. 
  11. People of the Founding Era. University of Virginia Press. 75k brief biographical entries.