Thomas Jefferson’s Books Found at Washington University

Thomas Jefferson, Rembrandt Peale

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, White House Historical Association

Washington University in St Louis announced this week that 75 volumes from Thomas Jefferson’s retirement library were found by researchers in their rare book collection.

Over his life-time Thomas Jefferson collected an extensive library of books on a wide variety of topics.  He sold his library of 6,700 books to the Library of Congress, then immediately began buying further volumes. After Jefferson’s death the books were sold at auction to pay off his debts. Some of the volumes were purchased by Joseph and Ellen Coolidge and later donated to Washington University.

You can read the full story of the discovery on the Monticello Library website and in this Yahoo News article.

Library Thing has a list of Jefferson’s books held by Washington University. Click on “use it” to get a list with the full details. (Link via Monticello Library.)


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