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Suggested Reading List

This page contains a general list of suggested reading material pertaining to Thomas Jefferson and his world, organized by topic. Some of these books may be purchased online through our Museum Shop. Some may be out of print, but can be obtained through your local library or used bookseller. Titles are linked to WorldCat, where you can search for copies in libraries near you.

For reading suggestions for children, please see the bibliography on the Monticello Classroom site. For more specialized references on specific topics, see "Further Sources" listed in individual articles in the Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia.

Architecture
Art and Music
Biography
Books and Libraries
Education
Family

Food and Drink
Gardening and Horticulture
Monticello
Politics and Law
Religion
Science and Exploration
Slavery
Thomas Jefferson's Writings
Travel

 

Architecture

General

Monticello

  • Beiswanger, William L. Monticello in Measured Drawings. Charlottesville, Va.: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 1998. Text by Monticello's emeritus Robert H. Smith Director of Restoration, accompanied by reproductions of the measured drawings of Monticello done by the Historic American Buildings Survey.
  • McLaughlin, Jack. Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder. New York: Holt, 1988. A useful narrative of the construction of Monticello.

Other Buildings

Art and Music

Biography

Books and Libraries

Education

Family

Food and Drink

Gardening and Horticulture

Garden History

Monticello

See also Gardening and Horticulture

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

    Politics and Law

      Religion

      Science and Exploration

      Slavery

      Slavery and the Enslaved Community at Monticello

      More General Works on Slavery and African-American History

      Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson

      Thomas Jefferson's Writings

      Travel

        Comments

        aberkes's picture
        This page is always a work in progress (there are always new books coming along, after all), but it's a great place to start for the curious. All these titles have been suggested by Monticello staff - these are the books we use the most often and find the most useful for our work.
        Anna Berkes

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