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Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.


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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...MORE »

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Anna Berkes
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...MORE »
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A Summary View, Research
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Anna Berkes

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...MORE »

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A Summary View, Research
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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...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes

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...MORE »

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Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View
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Anna Berkes
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 »
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Hot off the press (almost) from another of our former ICJS fellows, Jeff Matsuura, is...MORE »

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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...MORE »

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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,...MORE »

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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...MORE »

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